Learning life skills on stage: That’s the mission of the First Stage Summer Academy classes

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MILWAUKEE -- Learning life skills on stage. That's the mission of the First Stage Summer Academy classes. Brian Kramp spent the morning at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center to learn all about it.

About First Stage (website)

Founded in 1987, First Stage is one of the nation’s most acclaimed children’s theaters and the second largest theater company in Milwaukee.

Our Mission

First Stage touches hearts, engages minds, and transforms lives by creating extraordinary theater experiences for young people and families through:

Professional theater productions that inspire, enlighten, and entertain
Unparalleled Theater Academy training that fosters life skills through stage skills
Dynamic Theater in Education programs that promote active learning in our schools and community

Our Vision

First Stage strives to be the national leader and driving force behind the creation of the best and most innovative plays for family audiences, theater training programs for young people, and education initiatives for our schools and our community. These three interwoven programming pillars are accessible to, and reflective of, our increasingly diverse community. Through our exceptional leadership, dedicated team, and commitment to financial sustainability, First Stage will broaden the reach and impact of our transformational programs, thus enabling dreams to be fulfilled, hope to be fostered, and families to enjoy the lasting legacy of a profound shared experience.