Foundry Stage Series

Forging the future of theater through emerging plays, artists, and engaging experiences beyond the stage. 

First Stage’s Foundry Stage Series of new play readings and professionally produced productions with associated workshops, extended talkbacks, and more – promises to spark conversations and deepen the shared theater experience.

The Foundry Stage Series is held at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, providing an intimate performance venue and workshop space, with free street and surface lot parking.



Summer Foundry Reading 
Wednesday, July 10, 4:30pm, Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

A Create Your Own Adventure play
By Finegan Kruckemeyer
Directed by Jeff Frank

Callaway Brown - an unlikely young hero - has been stranded on a desert island, and it’s up to YOU to decide what happens next! In this interactive production, audience members vote on Callaway’s actions in an energetic romp through time and space. Will Callaway time travel to the Wild West and meet a talking horse? Develop superpowers and fight crime in the future? Or have a crush on a vampire? The choice is yours! This is create-your-own-adventure theatre, with your phone you’ll be choosing the path for our hero. But think carefully before you make your choice. Callaway’s fate is in your hands!

Admission is free for this reading. We will read through the play at 4:30pm and 5:30pm to emphasize the different turns the story may take. Stay for both readings and discussion afterwards. All ages are welcome.


Foundry Stage Series – 2019/20 Season

New Play Readings
Free Admission 

Professional Production
Workshops & other experiences included in ticket price 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 7PM

February 21 – March 22, 2020
Family Theater Workshops in conjunction with Saturday matinee performances, 2:30-3:15PM (included with ticket price)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7PM

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7PM

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7PM

(please note: this date has recently been updated from prior printed materials)

Stay tuned to this page for updated information on our new play readings, workshops, audience engagement opportunities, and much more.

Sponsored in part by:

The Metcalfe Family


United Performing Arts Fund