First Stage's Annual ImpACT Event
9th annual ImpACT Event
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Milwaukee Youth Arts Center
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Join us as we bring the “Lights Up” on the incredible work that continues at First Stage!
This 60-minute program will include updates from Artistic Director, Jeff Frank, Artistic Inclusion and Community Engagement Director, Samantha Montgomery, and a keynote address by Milwaukee Favorite, Christopher Gilbert. The morning will also include an incredible performance by First Stage students and light refreshments will be served.
While the event is free to attend, we invite you to help further our mission of transforming lives through theatre by contributing in any way you can. You are sure to leave this event feeling inspired, enlightened, and ready to make an ImpACT.
About our Keynote Speaker, Christopher Gilbert
Former First Stage Academy Teacher and Director of the upcoming Amplify Series piece entitled STEP KIDS, Christopher Gilbert is from the north side of Milwaukee and began teaching his own dance classes by age 14. His first introduction to the industry was acting and dancing with the Nickelodeon show Yo Gabba Gabba. Later, he transitioned back to Milwaukee so he could invest back into the community. Since then, he has choreographed for Black Arts MKE, First Stage, and Wisconsin Lottery. He has also coached the Grand Dancers for the Milwaukee Bucks and collaborated with the Milwaukee Brewers. For the past four years, he has been directing his own motivational dance show called Elevation at Dominican High School.