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.

School Year Academy Dates:

  • Winter I Academy: Wednesdays or Saturdays, January 12 - February 5, 2022
  • Winter II Academy: Wednesdays or Saturdays, February 9 - March 5, 2022
  • Spring Academy: Wednesdays or Saturdays, April 20 - May 14, 2022 
  • School Year Intensives*: Saturdays, September 25, 2021 - May 14, 2022 (*please note: Performance Experience Classes will have specific rehearsal and performance dates and times, depending on the class.)

Registration is now open! Explore what is in store this School 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. 

Story Drama is offered on Saturday mornings at 9:30-10:15AM or 10:30-11:15AM.

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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. 

Playmakers is held Wednesdays at 4:30-5:20PM, Saturdays 9:30-10:20AM or 10:30-11:20AM.

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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!

Winter Academy I Workshop Themes
FROZEN 1: Grades 3-5
INTO THE WOODS, JR.: Grades 6-8

Winter Academy II Workshop Themes
FROZEN 2: Grades 3-5

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Available for Grades 5-12

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

Winter Academy I: Clowning (grades 5-8)
Winter Academy II: Diving into Dialects (grades 5-8)
Spring Academy: College Prep for the Theater Major (grades 5-8)

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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. 

Winter Performance Experiences (CANCELLED)

Spring Performance Experiences


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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. Please check the registration page for other opportunities. 

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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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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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Financial Assistance

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

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