School Year Academy

First Stage Theater Academy is the nation’s largest high impact theater training program for young people. Classes are offered virtually with a with limited number of in-person classes held at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center.

To ensure the health and well-being of our students, families, and staff, First Stage is committed to implementing procedures to create a safe environment for all of our Theater Academy classes this year. Our School Year Theater Academy programming has changed in order to provide the same high-impact theater arts training for young people as always, yet taking new measures to ensure the health and safety of our students, families, staff, and teaching artists.

Stay tuned for details on our 2021/22 School Year Academy.

Safety Procedures

First Stage and Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC) staff will be following and exceeding CDC guidelines without exception as we hold modified classes in the building. More information regarding health and safety procedures will be sent to all registered families nearing the class start date.

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Schedule at a Glance

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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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Virtual Story Drama

For grades K3 - 1

Join First Stage for an interactive telling of our favorite stories, and help us bring these exciting tales to life through dramatic play

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Virtual Master Class Series

For middle and high school students

These virtual sessions provide middle and high school students the unique opportunity to learn specific theater topics with top-notch professional theater artists.

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School Year Intensives

School Year Intensives run October through May, and offer concentrated dives into the disciplines of Acting, Improvisation, Musical Theater, and Playwriting. 

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Next Steps

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

In these audition-based, concentrated show clinics, students work with theater professionals to broaden their performance skills, deepen their knowledge of theater, and perform a popular show as their final presentation. 

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Private Coaching

One-on-one coaching sessions available for Acting, Voice, or Acting for Students on the Autism Spectrum.

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