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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 registrations are OPEN! 

2022-23 School Year Academy offerings:

Story Drama

Grades K4 - 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. 

  • Fall - Saturdays: 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22
    • "Bugs and Slugs"
      • 9:30-10:15a OR 10:30-11:15am

  • Winter I - Saturdays: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 
    • "STEM Stories: Artistic and Scientific"
      • 9:30-10:15am OR 10:30-11:15am

  • Winter II - Saturdays: 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4 
    • "Animals Around the World"
      • 9:30-10:15am OR 10:30-11:15am

  • Spring - Saturdays: 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 
    • "Dirt Diggers and Flower Power" 
      • 9:30-10:15am OR 10:30-11:15am

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Playmakers

Grades 1-2

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. 

  • Fall - Tuesdays: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18
    • "Ghost Busters and Spooky Hunters" 
      • 4:30-5:30pm
  • Fall - Saturdays: 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22
    • "Ghost Busters and Spooky Hunters" 
      • 9:30-10:30am OR 10:45-11:45am

  • Winter I - Tuesdays: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31 
    • "Chaos in the Kitchen" 
      • 4:30-5:30pm
  • Winter I - Saturdays: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 
    • "Chaos in the Kitchen" 
      • 9:30-10:30am OR 10:45-11:45am
  • Winter II - Tuesdays: 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28 
    • "Pajama Party" 
      • 4:30-5:30pm
  • Winter II - Saturdays: 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4
    • "Pajama Party" 
      • 9:30-10:30am OR 10:45-11:45am

  • Spring - Tuesdays: 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9 
    • "Chillin' in the Caribbean - Don't Worry About a Thing!" 
      • 4:30-5:30pm
  • Spring - Saturdays: 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 
    • "Chillin' in the Caribbean - Don't Worry About a Thing!"  
      • 9:30-10:30am OR 10:45-11:45am

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Acting Fundamentals

Grades 3-12

Students will work with theater professionals to establish performance skills, deepen their knowledge of theater, and become confident in themselves as actors - and as people. Lessons are inspired by specific scenes or songs from popular shows and musicals.

  • Fall - Tuesdays (Grades 3-6)
    • 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18
      4:30-5:30pm
  • Fall - Saturdays (Grades 3-6)
    • 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22
      9:45-10:45am
  • Fall - Saturdays (Grades 7-12)
    • 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22
      12:00-1:00pm

  • Winter I - Tuesdays (Grades 3-6) 
    • 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31
      4:30-5:30pm
  • Winter I - Saturdays (Grades 3-6)
    • 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4
      9:45-10:45am
  • Winter I - Saturdays (Grades 7-12)
    • 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4
      12:00-1:00pm

  • Winter II - Tuesdays (Grades 3-6)
    • 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28
      4:30-5:30pm
  • Winter II - Saturdays (Grades 3-6)
    • 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4
      9:45-10:45am
  • Winter II - Saturdays (Grades 7-12) 
    • 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4
      12:00-1:00pm

  • Spring - Tuesdays (Grades 3-6)
    • 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9
      4:30-5:30pm
  • Spring - Saturdays (Grades 3-6)
    • 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13
      9:45-10:45am
  • Spring - Saturdays (Grades 7-12)
    • 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13
      12:00-1:00pm

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Musical Theater Fundamentals

Grades 3-12

Fall - Tuesdays (Grades 3-6)
9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18 
4:30-5:30pm

Fall - Saturdays (Grades 3-6) SOLD OUT
10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22
11:00am-12:00pm

Fall - Saturdays (Grades 7-12)
10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22
11:00am-12:00pm


Winter I - Tuesdays (Grades 3-6) 
1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31
4:30-5:30pm

Winter I - Saturdays (Grades 3-6)
1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4
11:00am-12:00pm

Winter I - Saturdays (Grades 7-12)
1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4
11:00am-12:00pm

Winter II - Tuesdays (Grades 3-6)
2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28
4:30-5:30pm

Winter II - Saturdays (Grades 3-6)
2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4
11:00am-12:00pm

Winter II - Saturdays (Grades 7-12)
2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4
11:00am-12:00pm


Spring - Tuesdays (Grades 3-6)
4/18, 4/25, 5/3, 5/10
4:30-5:30p

Spring - Saturdays (Grades 3-6)
4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13
11:00am-12:00pm

Spring - Saturdays (Grades 7-12)
4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13
11:00am-12:00pm

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Electives

Grades 5-12

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

Fall - Saturdays: Stage Combat
10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22

Winter I - Saturdays: Costume Design
1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4

Winter II - Saturdays: Playwrighting and Poetry
2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4

Spring - Saturdays: Shakespeare
4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13

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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. BY AUDITION ONLY; auditions have been completed

Fall Performance Experience: SEUSSICAL, JUNIOR
Rehearsals: Tuesdays-Fridays, 4:30-7:00pm
October 18 - November 12

Spring Performance Experience: NEWSIES, JUNIOR
Rehearsals:
Tuesdays-Fridays, 4:30-7:00pm
April 18 - May 13

 

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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. Classes meet every Saturday of the school year.

Students in these classes are considered role models within the Academy and are given a high degree of classwork responsibilities. Each class culminates in a presentation which showcases all of the work done throughout the school year. 

BY AUDITION ONLY; auditions have been completed.

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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. 

Fall - Saturdays, 9:30-10:30am
10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22

Winter - Saturdays, 9:30-10:30am
1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4

Spring - Saturdays, 9:30-10:30am
4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13

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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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