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Calling all students in grades 5-10 interested in developing skills in acting, singing & dancing! 

Auditions for HAIRSPRAY JR. will be held at Riverside University High School on Tuesday, June 13 from 5:30 – 7pm!
Come prepared to sing (anything!) and read from the script. All are welcome regardless of experience level.

This is a NEW Summer Musical Camp organized by First Stage. Rehearsals take place Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from June 26 – July 28, 2017 (Lunch included; no sessions on July 3 & 4). The final culmination of the camp will be three public performances of HAIRSPRAY JR on Friday July 28 at 9:30 am & 1:30 pm and on Saturday, July 29 at 1:30 pm. *All registered students will be in the performance!

Questions? Contact First Stage at (414) 267-2971.
Can’t make it to the audition? Register for this camp online at
Course #1RCE3217-RS01

*The cost to participate in the camp is $80 for residents and $160 for nonresidents. Scholarships are available.


Hey friends, we just opened a marvelously entertaining new rendition of Robin Hood which is playing at the Todd Wehr Theatre and we’ve got a PWYC this Tuesday, February 20th,  at 7:00pm.–Events/2016-17-Season/Robin-Hood/?gclid=CjwKEAiAxKrFBRDm25f60OegtwwSJABgEC-ZM_QAA-l_Z9LC7NoipW1QFgeFriksR_wOao-3brhLEhoCF4jw_wcB


First Stage is Milwaukee’s premiere non-profit theater for young people and families is hiring an Academy Manager. The Academy Manager’s primary objectives are to manage all administrative aspects of the Academy and provide support for families.   The Academy Manager will obtain these objectives by completing administrative tasks, providing excellent customer service and supervising office processes for all locations. Excellent communication and customer service skills are critical, along with the ability to adjust communications styles to varied youth, parent and professional populations. Bachelor or Master’s degree in Business along with five years of management in the field is required. Proven Microsoft Office proficiency (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc); experience with a database system and a willingness to learn and maintain our internal database system, Tessitura, is required.  View the full job description online. To apply, send resume and cover letter to Katie Cummings at 325 W. Walnut St, Milwaukee, WI 53212 or email No phone calls, please.


First Stage Theater Academy’s Classical Company Class Presents:
The Merchant of Venice
By William Shakespeare

Jim Fletcher, Director
Ro Spice-Kopischke, Assistant Director

What must one risk for love? For fortune? For friendship? And what is the cost of risking such things? Set in the highly polarized world of sixteenth century Venice, Shakespeare gives us no easy answers. How does one find justice in such a world where everyone is culpable? The questions Shakespeare posed four hundred years ago, are sadly ones we still face today.

Performance Dates:

Friday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Admission is free! Come out to support the hard work of these incredible young performers!

First Stage Academy is hiring an Office Manager!  The job posting can be found here:


First Stage is expanding our programming this summer.  Teachers apply today!



Site Coordinator, Kluge School Community Learning Center

This position is a full time, 9-month contract and will report to CLC Program Managers.

Position Description

The Site Coordinator’s primary objective is to execute the CLC requirements specified by the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant and Milwaukee Recreation, to provide administrative support and oversee the daily functions of the CLC at Kluge.  The Site Coordinator must believe in the mission of First Stage, to transform lives through theater, and work to create a safe, welcoming, inspiring and motivating after school environment for students, teachers and parents.



  • Assist the Principal, Academic Coordinator, and day school staff in recruiting and retaining students for all CLC program activities, with the daily average of 60-80 students at the CLC.
  • Coordinate, direct and monitor the CLC staff, program partners and volunteers for overall effectiveness in carrying out the CLC’s program plan and operation.
  • Collect and complete all written paperwork including payroll, attendance, accident/incident reports, evaluations, surveys, etc. in accordance with required deadlines.
  • Manage and supervise the day-to-day operation of CLC programs at the project site.
  • Maintain constant communication with Program Managers regarding curriculum, staff, site logistics, data entry and administrative needs.
  • Complete assignments and duties as directed by the Lead Agency and per CLC contractual requirements (i.e. organize Family/Parent Events, lead assemblies and presentations, submit attendance and other data, etc.).
  • Attend School Learning Team meetings, School Governance Council meetings, bi-monthly CLC Site Coordinator mandatory meetings to ensure ongoing communication with Day School, and CLC Project Team staff.
  • Become trained in APlus System and ensure data is up to date and accurate, including:
    • APR data o Site information data o Program activities
    • Participant registrations
    • Rosters o Daily attendance
  • Keep all signed registration forms and attendance records in a secure, locked place. Records must be retained on site for seven (7) years.
  • Maintain positive relationship with parents of student participants (i.e. hold special conferences, share program opportunities for students and families, give acknowledgments, etc.).


The Site Coordinator must be a team player, lead by example, exhibit a strong work ethic and be committed to the First Stage philosophy of teaching life skills through stage skills and transforming lives through theater. Excellent communication skills are critical, along with the ability to adjust communications styles to varied youth, parent and professional populations. The position will require local travel to schools and other community destinations, and the ability to move or lift up to 40lbs.

required.  Microsoft Office proficiency, a strong administrative background, and a willingness to learn our database system is required. A Bachelor’s degree in Education or Theatre Arts is preferred. The ability to pass a background check is required.


First Stage offers a mission you can stand behind and a positive work environment.

This full time position with single health benefits is approximately 30-40 hour per week position that includes nights and weekends. Salary is commensurate with experience.

About First Stage

First Stage is Milwaukee’s premiere non-profit theater for young people and families and has grown from a small theater group to a nationally acclaimed company drawing annual audiences of more than 135,000 people. With a season including six family series plays and one First Steps show (more than 300 performances annually), First Stage has become one of the largest programs in the nation. First Stage offers arts-in-education programs, spending more than 2,000 hours annually in classrooms throughout southeastern Wisconsin, and the First Stage Theater Academy, a professional theater training program teaching “life skills through stage skills” to 3,000 enrollments of young people ages 3 – 18 each year. It is one of the largest and finest programs of its kind in the nation. For more information about First Stage visit

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume with your experience and interest in this position via email to Julia Magnasco at:


FIRST STAGE is an equal opportunity employer and as such, we consider individuals for employment according to their abilities and performance. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.




Reporting to the House Manager and the Patron Services Manager, the Assistant House Manager is responsible for providing front-of-house management support to the House Manager during various performances at the Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater, as well as serving as Front-of-House Manager for most performances held at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center. This is a part-time, seasonal, hourly position employed from September 28, 2015 through June 19, 2016 for First Stage’s 2015-16 season, that requires both daytime, evening, and weekend hours as indicated by the immediate supervisor. This position is not to exceed 794.5 hours during the 2015-16 season.



The Assistant House Manager will assist the House Manager in important front-of-house duties before, during and after a performance, including:

  • Preparing concessions and merchandise counters, monitoring sales, and assisting volunteers in transactions.
  • Ensuring all literature racks are stocked with the appropriate materials.
  • Leading any backstage tours, or monitoring lobby during tours.
  • Assisting ushers in taking tickets, distributing playbills, seating patrons, working with patrons and ticketing representatives in resolving any seating or ticketing issues, and latecomer seating.
  • Learn and use Tessitura software in relation to house management.
  • Serve as House Manager for all Young Company and First Steps productions at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Have exemplary customer service skills and verbal communication skills.
  • Be able to think on one’s feet, and solve problems with ease.
  • Have the ability to quickly solve simple math (for concession and merchandise transactions).
  • Be able to stand on his/her feet for long periods of time, and be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Be able to learn quickly and work independently.
  • Prior customer service, sales or retail experience is required. Prior ushering or house management experience is helpful.
  • Be enthusiastic about theater and the performing arts, and have an interest in serving young people and their families.


To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to First Stage House Manager Michael Warren at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.


First Stage is an equal employment opportunity employer functioning under an Affirmative Action Plan.

R & J

Greetings Friends,
As a special end of the year thank you to our theater peers, we would like to invite you to attend a school performance of the First Stage Young Company production of Romeo and Juliet. A recipient of the NEA Shakespeare for a New Generation grant, this production is directed by First Stage associate Artistic Director/Young Company Director John Maclay and features some amazingly talented young actors. John has adapted the script to around 80 minutes, and the young people – supported by gifted professional teaching artists have truly risen to the occasion. Inspired by the nature of the theatre apprentice, it has been a gift to see these young people grow as artists and as individuals through the process. They have come out the other side with a full and rich performance that I truly hope you can witness.


The production is running through May 22 with weekday performances at 9:30 and 11:45 at the Rosa Parks Auditorium at Golda Meir School (just south of the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center parking lot).


To take advantage of this free offer, simply contact Clare Kuhnen – and let her know how many seats you need and which performance you would like to attend. Then check in with our House Manager Teddy when you arrive – enter off of Old World Third Street


Thursday, May 15            9:30a & 11:45a

Friday, May 16                   9:30a & 11:45a

Monday, May 19              9:30a & 11:45a

Tuesday, May 20              9:30a & 11:45a

Wednesday, May 21       9:30a & 11:45a

Thursday, May 22            9:30a & 11:45a


Jeff Frank

Artistic Director

I can think of few organizations that do so much good for so many.  Please consider making a donation and please help to spread the word.


Hey folks-

The First Stage Young Company Shakespeare team (of which I am the founder and “Coach’)   is again hard at work preparing for its annual fundraiser, the Bard-o-thon. They are raising funds to support a cross country trip to the Utah Shakespeare Festival High School Acting competition to compete against 3000 competitors from 9 states(which, though we don’t do it for trophies, they have placed FIRST in 3 of the past 6 years). Last year their large group scene, in addition to placing first was selected to perform at the special showcase of excellent work and was met with hundreds of teenagers leaping to their feet in standing ovation.To prove their worthiness to return, they are going to perform as many consecutive Shakespeare monologues as they can on April 26th. Their goal is 450 monologues and all 154 sonnets. They are a special group of young folks and so I’m helping them in their fund raising. This is my one charity e-mail ask of the year. If you don’t think it’s right for you or just isn’t a charitable priority for you, no worries. But I am writing to set an example for my students of the importance of soliciting donations for worthy causes. And I do believe that this is a worthy cause. If you can offer any amount, my fundraising page is :

Thanks for considering. Also; PLEASE share and/or forward this to anyone who might be interested in supporting this effort! Thanks again.


John Maclay
Associate Artistic  Director/ Director of the Young Company