ImpACT Event - Lights Up

First Stage's Annual ImpACT Event

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual ImpACT Event on Thursday, September 30, 2021! Check out our ImpACT Event Highlight Video.

Together we brought the lights up at First Stage and the ways we are transforming lives through theater. As always, our incredible students and young performers remain at the center of our work and at the center of our stage.

“I think people should know how special First Stage is. It is a place where you can unapologetically express yourself through songs, activities and more.” – Tateiona, First Stage Young Performer

We hope you will join us in 2022 to learn all the ways YOU can 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.

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