We had the chance to sit down with Associate Academy Director Brenna Kempf to talk about the Student Advisory Board and what it means to her and her students.
What is the Student Advisory Board?
The Student Advisory Board is composed of student leaders who want to learn more about how First Stage and other professional theaters work. Members have the opportunity to bring a student perspective to Academy programming and policies, serve as a First Stage newscaster on our social media channels, volunteer, attend events to tell others what First Stage means to them, and more!
How many students are involved with the SAB? The SAB began in 2013 with 14 members, and it has grown each year. We're now up to 35 students - our biggest group so far!
Why does First Stage have a Student Advisory Board? Why is it important?Through the SAB First Stage is helping to raise new generations of leaders, ensuring that our students have a place to express their ideas, thoughts, and wishes about the Academy and First Stage as a whole. SAB members are ambassadors for the Theater Academy, exemplifying the confidence and empathy that we teach in our classrooms. The SAB gives our students ownership and responsibility, which is vital for the continuance of the community of young people at First Stage.
What are some of the goals of the SAB this year?The SAB is student-driven, so I want them to accomplish whatever they set their minds to! At our initial meeting, we shared our interests and curiosities. It looks like this year we will focus on learning more about the “inner workings” of First Stage and its departments, giving back to the Academy students and Milwaukee at large, and finally, growing closer together as a group with social events and bonding activities.
What is your favorite thing about First Stage? I am so proud to work at a place that encourages young people to be simultaneously empowered and empathetic. These are key Life Skills that, personally, I feel have the ability to heal, inspire, and grow our community.
|First Stage Student Advisory Board, 2016|