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

Young Company Auditions for the 2021/22 Season

August 23-25, 2021 - 3:30-8:00PM

Auditions are by individual appointment, in person at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

Sign up for an audition date and time at

What do I need to prepare for my audition? 
Please prepare two contrasting memorized monologues, one classical (preferably Shakespeare), and one contemporary, not to exceed 4 minutes, total.  There will also be a brief interview component to the audition. Plan to arrive a few minutes prior to your scheduled audition time to complete paperwork.

COVID-19 Protocols
Actors Equity Association is requiring all theater personnel who share the rehearsal room to be vaccinated, and First Stage will be implementing this policy as projects go into performance. Young Company has always taken pride in the fact that we treat our students as professionals, following all union guidelines. Toward this end, we will be moving toward a fully-vaccinated Young Company. 

Vaccinations will allow us to do our work unmasked. In this way, students will be able to see each other's mouths to study speech work, have unimpeded breath in order to study voice and power movement, and be able to approach closer than six feet in order to explore the full range of human experience on stage; all efficiently, and more important, safely.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Daniels, Director of the Young Company, at

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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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