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School Year Academy

First Stage Theater Academy is the nation’s largest high impact theater training program for young people. A wide variety of classes for students in grades K4-12 are offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions throughout the school year. Led by professional theater teaching artists, students will learn new acting skills including Voice and Movement, Musical Theater, Scene Study, and Improvisation, developing stage skills while simultaneously building life skills, such as confidence, focus, and teamwork.

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.

School Year Academy classes and dates will be announced on July 26th, 2022!

In the meantime, check out what we were up to last year:

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Story Drama

For grades K3 - 1

Through creative drama, young actors will bring their favorite stories to life through the exploration of setting, plot, and character choices to develop beginning acting skills. 

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Playmakers

For grades 1-3

Young actors will go on a new adventure each week as they utilize improvisation techniques to create their own characters and stories, and further develop their beginning acting skills. 

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Academy Workshop Classes

For grades 3-8

Explore the craft of acting through the lens of some of our favorite shows. No audition needed, great for students of all experience levels to develop and strengthen performance skills!

Spring Academy Workshop Themes

ADVENTURES OF ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm or Saturdays, 9:45-10:45am
Grades 3-5

LEGALLY BLONDE, JR.
Saturdays, 11:00am-12:00pm
Grades 6-8

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Master Classes at UW-Parkside

New!

First Stage's newest satellite location!

This spring, UW-Parkside will host classes in both Shakespeare and Musical Theater, taught by area artists with decades of professional performance experience. Students are welcome to take either class (or both)!

Designed for students in grades 8-12, these classes are fantastic opportunity to get a sneak-peak into an award-winning college theater program.

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Electives

Available for Grades 5-12

Electives allow students to focus on a specific area of their craft.

Spring Academy: College Prep for the Theater Major (grades 9-12)

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Next Steps

For Students on the Autism Spectrum

Next Steps classes are highly specialized and designed for both verbal and non-verbal students, students with classic autism, PDD-NOS, other sensory processing disorders, and Asperger's. 

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Performance Experience Classes

For Grades 3-12

In these audition-based, concentrated show clinics, students work with theater professionals to broaden their performance skills and deepen their theatrical knowledge. 

Spring Performance Experiences

SHREK, JR. (SOLD OUT)

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School Year Intensives

For Grades 7-12

Some of our most concentrated and focused classes, diving into the disciplines of Acting, Musical Theater Improvisation, and Playwriting. 

All of our 2021/22 School Year Intensives are now sold out. Opportunities for the 2022/23 School Year will be announced in July '22. 

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Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to any family; additional application and paperwork required. Flexible payment plans are also available. 

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