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Safety & Security

Updated September 7, 2021

Find the most up-to-date COVID-19 Safety Policies and Procedures followed at all First Stage classes, rehearsal halls, and performance spaces, including our home at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center.

Theater Performances


First Stage is implementing the following safety protocols as we welcome you back for live performances for the 2021/22 season. These protocols were developed with the support of the City of Milwaukee Health Department and in alliance with other organizations within the larger Milwaukee arts community. Please review these protocols as you reserve your tickets and visit our theaters:

In accordance with the Marcus Performing Arts Center’s entrance policies, patrons ages 12 and up will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of your performance. Audiences under age 12 will not need to show proof of negative COVID-19 test. This policy applies only to performances at the Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater.

Masks are required to be worn properly by all patrons while anywhere inside the performance venue, regardless of vaccination status.

Limited capacity: Our venues will remain at limited capacity to allow for socially-distanced seating. When purchasing tickets online or at the Box Office, your group of seats will be spaced from others outside of your party.

Digital Playbills and Paperless Tickets will be issued to all patrons to reduce contact points between audiences and theater staff.

No intermission will be held for any of our performances, and concessions and merchandise will not be sold on site. This measure is to alleviate congestion throughout the lobby.

Hand-sanitizing stations will be available throughout our performance venues.

If you are feeling ill or are presenting an COVID-19 symptoms, please stay at home. Options of ticket exchange, ticket donation, or refund are available if the Box Office is contacted up to six hours prior to the performance.

Please note: Safety protocols will be updated in accordance with our performance venues requirements. Please visit this website for additional details and updates to these procedures.

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Theater Academy Safety

The following policies are designed to follow and exceed CDC guidelines, and were put into effect for the Summer Academy programs, which concluded on August 13:

Students and staff are required to wear masks at all times. Many of our students are under the age range currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Therefore, in the interest of safety for all of our students and staff, masks are required to be properly worn at MYAC and the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.

Enrolled families must complete a daily health screening using the BriskTable app before entering the building each day of class.

All in-person classes are capped below room capacity to allow for social distancing.

Classes will take place in our large classrooms and rehearsal halls, with indicators in hallways and rooms to help students maintain social distancing.

Class start and end times will be staggered, to ensure that students will be entering or exiting the building with their cohorts only. Parents or other caregivers are not permitted inside the building during class time.

Rehearsal halls will be cleaned and disinfected in between class sessions and nightly.

These safety protocols may be updated for our School Year Theater Academy programs, starting late September.

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Theater in Education

First Stage will welcome school groups back to our theaters for performances beginning January 2022, as well as in-school residencies, classroom theater workshops, and an interactive touring show.

First Stage Theater in Education staff will adhere to all safety standards in accordance with the schools' procedures and CDC protocols.

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Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC) follows a Family Health and Safety Guide for those staff, students, families, and guests in the building. The following protocols are in effect as of August 16, 2021:

All individuals, vaccinated or unvaccinated, must wear a mask in all public spaces in MYAC, including upon entry, exit, all hallways, Commons areas, and restrooms.

Based on current CDC guidance, unvaccinated individuals should remain masked throughout the facility.

Per CDC Guidance: “If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places¹.” MYAC asks that everyone’s personal masking choices are respected whether they are wearing a mask or not.

MYAC’s commons spaces will be reopened to parents and families with spatial distancing strongly encouraged. 

MYAC will maintain the following measures:

•  Encourage a mask friendly environment
•  Provide hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility
•  Encourage proper handwashing
•  Enhanced facility cleaning with FDA approved products
•  Increased fresh air flow cycling, high quality HEPA air filters through all spaces and Bipolar ionization air filtration, which neutralizes airborne pathogens throughout the facility

MYAC asks that if you feel ill or are presenting any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home.

**Please note that as we continue to monitor pandemic considerations, MYAC and its partners’ protocols are subject to change based on CDC, state, and local guidelines.


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Get Vaccinated...Please

First Stage joins other Milwaukee venues, restaurants, cultural institutions and businesses to urge Milwaukee-area residents to please get vaccinated in order to protect our community, safely continue to visit and enjoy public places of entertainment and dining, and work to slow the spread of COVID-19. Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you at:

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