FIRST STAGE is proud to employ between 30-40 professional actors every season, and there are opportunities for Internships, Understudies, and Teaching Artist Fellows.  FIRST STAGE employs Actor’s Equity Association Actors and Non-Equity actors under a Theatre For Young Audience (TYA) Contract.

Our 2016-2017 season has completed its casting cycle.

Our 2017-2018 is in the planning mode, and will be announced early 2017. We are planning on attending the Milwaukee General auditions in early January.

Any inquiries, please contact Company Manager, Jeff Schaetzke at

First Stage is one of the nation’s largest professional theatre for young audiences.  We are an Equity theatre that also hires non-equity actors, Teaching Artist Felows, and understudies for most shows.  Contracts run in length from six to nine weeks.  We do age-appropriate casting for are young roles, and cast anywhere from five to twenty-five young performers per show.  We also are interested in actors who have experience or potential as teaching artists either in our Education department or our nationally acclaimed Theatre Academy. 

Please email or call Jeff Schaetzke, Company Manager for an appointment.  If leaving a message or email, please give a range of times that you can audition. We will be scheduling 6-minute audition slots. When possible, please submit your headshot and resume electronically ahead of time.  

Thank you,

Company Manager Jeff Schaetzke
(414) 267-2985