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Summer Theater Academy

Summer Theater Academy is an experience like no other with students in grades K4-12 coming together to build confidence, sharpen focus and create community. Students work with professional teaching artists from across the nation to learn Musical Theater, Acting, Shakespeare, Improvisation and more.

Join us! At First Stage we are committed to hearing the voices of our youth through our actor training program where we teach life skills through stage skills. 


  • Milwaukee Youth Arts Center
    325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53220
    Now – August 10, 2018
    Extended care is available
  • Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
    19805 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI 53045
    Now– August 10, 2018


  • Weekly sessions start at $160 per week. Tuition includes all class materials and one Academy t-shirt per student.  Explore our course catalog for specific classes and prices.
  • Take advantage of our Sibling Discount available to families enrolling two or more children in Summer Academy classes. The discount of $20 will be applied to each class when registering online with source code 33409.
  • Financial assistance is available to any student; awards are need-based. Learn more about our financial assistance program and how to apply.


  • 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.

Prefer paper? Download our Summer Academy Registration Form to register by mail or fax. 

Questions? Contact the Academy Office at (414) 267-2970 or email academy@firststage.org

Check out the work of our Summer Company Class students at their upcoming performances. Admission is free!

Featured Class

Four Week Session Grade 8-12

Four Week Session - Serving new and returning students entering grades 8-12 in fall of 2019 Times: 8:45 am – 4:15 pm Returning First Stage students will continue their theater training through immersion in the Core Curriculum and choose a major. In major sessions, students will form 6-12 grade ensembles devoted to delving deeper into all aspects of the subject material. Young actors will refine and develop skills specific to their areas of interest, while maintaining their fundamental acting skills. Presentations for four week groups will happen on the final Thursday. Friday classes will consist of guest artists and activities. Students should indicate their order of preference for majors on the registration form. Upon registration, if the student's first choice is not available they will be placed in their second, and then on to the third if necessary. Please check your invoice for confirmation of your major.

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