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.

Traditionally, the Young Company hosts master classes with guest artists from across the nation, produces a season of three plays, and facilitates special excursions to the Utah Shakespeare Festival and American Players Theater.

Class meets 9:30AM-12:15PM Saturdays throughout the school year with additional workshops and rehearsals scheduled separately.

For questions, please contact Young Company Director Matt Daniels at

2024 Bard-O-Thon | April 20, 2024

Young Company's Annual Fundraiser

On Saturday, April 20, First Stage's Young Company members will stretched their artistic endurance in celebration of Shakespeare's 460th birthday. During this annual fundraiser they hope to raise over $14,000 to support Shakespeare programming at First Stage and the annual trip to the Utah Shakespeare Festival. 

You can support their fundraising efforts by making a donation before April 20, 2024. 

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Young Company Performance Projects

Young Company Performance Projects are actor-driven presentations using elemental production values. By stripping down to a nearly bare stage, the connection of actor to audience is enhanced, and the words of the play come alive in exciting ways, allowing our award-winning students to showcase their graduate level skills with full length material, from Shakespeare to American classics to pieces commissioned specially for them.

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