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School Year Theater Academy

Academy classFirst Stage Theater Academy is the nation’s largest high impact theater training program for young people. We offer Fall, Winter, School Year Intensive, and Performance classes focusing on Acting, Musical Theater, Improvisation, and much more for students in grades K3 - 12, with classes held at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center and the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield.

Professional theater artists from Milwaukee’s thriving theater scene sharing their expertise, skills, and passion for their art. With programming that includes classes in musical theater, scene study and improvisation, students develop their stage skills while simultaneously building life skills, such as confidence, focus, and teamwork. 

Session Dates | School Year Intensives | Performances Classes | School Year Academy Highlights | Cost | Registration Tips


Fall Academy:
Wednesdays, October 3 - November 20, 2019
Saturdays, October 5 - November 23, 2019

Winter Academy:
Wednesdays, January 15 - March 4, 2020
Saturdays, January 18 - March 7, 2020


School Year Intensives

Advanced Acting, Advanced Musical Theater, and Organized Chaos will hold auditions on August 5-6 and September 11 from 4:30-6:30pm. Young Company auditions are August 26-28. Contact to learn more and sign up for auditions using the links below.

Saturdays, October 5, 2019 - May 9, 2020


Performances Classes - NEW!
Be part of a production with First Stage Theater Academy. Auditions for Performance Classes are held August 7 and September 17. Contact to learn more and sign up for an audition time using the links below.

Highlights from School Year Theater Academy in 2019/20 include:

  • Playmakers, grades 1-2: Fall: Underwater Worlds; Winter: Arctic Adventures
  • Acting Foundations, grades 3-4: Fall: Time Warp Trip; Winter: The Epic Adventures of Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Musical Theater, grades 5-6: Fall: Elf - The Musical; Winter: Disney on Broadway
  • Improvisation, grades 7-8: Fall: Advanced Comedy Improv; Winter: Introduction to Long-Form Improv


  • Sessions start at $160. Tuition includes all class materials and one Academy t-shirt per students.  Explore our course catalog for specific classes and prices.
  • Financial assistance is available to any student; awards are need-based. Learn more about our financial assistance program and how to apply.


  • Registration for 2019/20 School Year Academy will open Friday, August 1, 2019
  • Register online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Please have your schedule, child’s emergency contact information, and any pertinent medical information available.
  • Please note: our website is best compatible with the Google Chrome browser, with a ten-minute limit on our website’s shopping cart.

Questions? Contact the Academy Office at (414) 267-2970 or email

Featured Class

Two Week Session Grades 5-12 7/29-8/9

Two Week Session - Serving new and returning students entering grades 5-12 in fall of 2019 Classes will be divided basaed on grades in fall of 2019 Times: 8:45 am - 4:15 pm Students will rotate through a Core Curriculum that explores the fundamental elements of actor training: Acting Theory, Improvisation, Musical Theater, Shakespeare, and Voice & Movement. GRADES 5-12 CURRICULUM BEGINNING OF DAY: Each Academy day begins with a gathering to prepare, share goals, and encourage each other to do our best: ACTING THEORY: Explore character, relationships, action and text while developing overall acting skills and IMPROVISATION: Develop expressiveness, spontaneity, and train your brain to think quickly with reason through improvisational character and scene work. MUSICAL THEATER: Increase your versatility and work on new vocal and dance techniques while exploring the art of telling a story through words, music, and movement. SHAKESPEARE: Students crack the code of Shakespeare's use of language and perform some of the greatest stories ever written for the theater. VOICE & MOVEMENT: Build strength, flexibility, awareness, and expression through a class devoted to the fundamentals of two of the actor's most important tools. END OF DAY: Each Academy day concludes with a gathering to reflect and acknowledge the hard work of fellow students.

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