Founded in 1987, First Stage Children's Theater has grown from a small theater for young audiences to a nationally acclaimed company drawing annual audiences of more than 145,000 people. With a season including six mainstage plays and one touring production (more than 300 performances annually), First Stage has become one of the largest programs in the nation.
First Stage Children's Theater touches hearts and transforms lives by creating exceptional theater experiences for young people and families through...
Professional theater productions that engage, enlighten and entertain.
Theater academy training that fosters life skills through stage skills.
Dynamic in-school education programs that promote learning through theater.
First Stage offers:
Performances for family audiences: Each performance concludes with an informative talk-back between the actors and audience.
Matinee performances for school groups: Every school group attending a matinee receives a free educator enrichment guide that offers suggestions for activities and discussion questions linking the production with the class curriculum.
Multi-Cultural School Assembly Tours: Each season, First Stage tours a production to schools throughout southeastern Wisconsin that highlights one of our community's cultures. Past tours have included African American, Latino, Hmong, German, Irish and Native American themes.
Arts-in-education programs for area schools: First Stage spends more than 2,000 hours annually in classrooms throughout southeastern Wisconsin offering pre-performance and post-performance classroom workshops, Teaching Through Theater (T3) programs and after school creative drama programs.
First Stage Theater Academy: The Academy is a professional theater training program teaching "life skills through stage skills" to approximately 1,700 young people ages 5 - 18 each year. It is the second largest program of its kind in the nation.
First Stage Children's Theater is a member of Theater Communications Group (TCG) and ASSITEJ/USA, as well as the Downtown Theater District and Theatre Wisconsin. First Stage is also a Cornerstone Member of the United Performing Arts Fund. The company is the recipient of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts' 2002 Bravo Award for outstanding achievement in the performing arts.