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School Year Theater Academy

First Stage Theater Academy is the nation’s largest high impact theater training program for young people. We offer Fall, Winter, Spring, and Spring Break classes focusing on Acting, Musical Theater, Improvisation, and much more for students in grades K3 - 12.

Studying to be an actor takes a lifetime! At First Stage Theater Academy, we base our curriculum in acting, and there are plenty of additions along the way.

Below is a snapshot of our Theater Academy class options this school year. Begin your Actor's Journey!

  • Early Actors, Grades K3-2: You & Me Creative Drama, Story Drama, Playmakers
  • Emerging Actors, Grades 3-5: Scene Study, Musical Theater Foundations, Improvisation Foundations, Voice & Movement, Next Steps
  • Engaged Actors, Grades 6-12: Acting, Musical Theater, Improvisation, Physical Theater, Next Steps
  • Advanced Classes, Grades 6-12: Advanced Acting, Advanced Musical Theater, Organized Chaos (Advanced Improvisation), Playwrights Ensemble, Spoken Word Ensemble, Junior Productions
  • Mastering the Craft, Grades 9-12: Young Company




  • Milwaukee Youth Arts CenterWednesdays and Saturdays
    Fall: October 13 - November 17, 2018
    Winter: January 26 - March 2, 2019
    Spring: March 16 - May 4, 2019 (no classes March 30 and April 20)
    Spring Break: March 25-29, 2019 and April 15-19, 2019
  • Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the ArtsSaturdays
    Fall: October 6 - November 17, 2018 (no classes November 3)
    Winter: January 26 - March 2, 2019 
    Spring: March 16 - May 11, 2019 (no classes March 23, April 20 or May 4)
  • Academy of Performing Arts – FranklinThursdays
    Fall: October 11 - November 15, 2018
    Winter: January 24 - February 28, 2019
    Spring: March 14 - May 2, 2019 (no classes March 28 and April 18) 


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Download our Registration Form to register by mail or fax. 

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

Featured Class

Two Week Session Grade 5 7/1-7/12

Two Week Session - Serving new and returning students entering grade 5 in fall of 2019 Classes will be divided based 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 confidence. IMPROVISATION: Develop expressiveness, spontaneity, and train your brain to think quickly and 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: Examine dynamic language, characters, and plots in scenes and monologues from one of the most influential playwrights in history. 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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