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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

Two Week Session Grade 3-4 6/17-6/28

Two Week Session – Serving new and returning students entering grades 3–4 in fall of 2019 Times: 9:00 am–3:00 pm GRADES 3–4 CURRICULUM BEGINNING OF DAY: Each Academy day begins with a gathering to prepare, share goals, and encourage each other to do our best. MUSICAL THEATER: Increase your versatility and work on new vocal and dance techniques while exploring the art of storytelling through words, music, and movement. SCENE STUDY: Dive into a script while you put your acting skills to work bringing the characters on the page to life on the stage. VOICE & MOVEMENT: Build strength, flexibility, awareness, and expressions 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 effort of fellow students.

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