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First Stage Theater Academy

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The nation's largest high-impact theater training program for young people

First Stage Theater Academy is celebrating it's 30TH YEAR as the nation’s largest high impact theater training program for young people. We offer classes emphasizing Creative Drama, Stage Movement, Voice, Speech, Scene Study, and so much more. Professional theater artists share their expertise and guidance to young people of all ages and experience, fostering life skills through stage skills. 

In accordance with the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center guidelines and the CDC recommended guidelines, masks are now optional within all Academy classes starting on March 7, 2022. As we move ahead, we will be equally supportive and respectful of those that are ready to remove masks, and those who will continue to wear them. We will continue to follow the CDC recommendations and make adjustments when necessary.

Registration for the Summer 2022 Academy is now open!

Contact us at (414) 267-2970 (Tuesday-Saturday) or e-mail academy@firststage.org.

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Registration for Summer 2022 is now open!

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School Year Academy

Throughout the school year, we offer classes in Fall, Winter, and Spring Sessions for grades K3-12th. All experience levels are welcome! Performance fundamentals, storytelling,  concentrated show workshops, specific techniques and styles are all taught by professional theatre artists and educators. 

Information regarding school year programming will be announced in July 2022.

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Summer Academy

Full-day and half-day sessions held throughout the summer for students entering grades K4-12 in the fall. All experience levels are welcome! Classes range from basic storytelling and dramatic play for the youngest students, to introductory show clinics and audition-based performance experiences for older students.

Registration is open and classes are already filling up!

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Next Steps Theater Academy

Summer and School Year Theater Academy classes designed for both verbal and non-verbal students, students with classic autism, PDD-NOS, other sensory processing disorders, and Asperger's. With small class sizes, our curriculum explores acting, singing, dancing and improvisation, through which students improve social understanding, fine and gross motor skills, empathy, conversation skills, public speaking and confidence. 

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Young Company

First Stage Young Company, the Theater Academy’s award-winning training program for advanced high school actors is open to students who want to take their work to the next level. Accepted students will complete college and graduate-level training in Acting, Voice, Movement, and Shakespeare as well as electives ranging from Auditioning to Stage Combat to Dialects.

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Financial Assistance

We are thankful to many generous sponsors that allow us to offer financial assistance to any family that applies; awards are need-based. Flexible payment-plans are also available. Contact the Academy at academy@firststage.org to learn more. 

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