In-School Programs

STAGES Youth Theater is passionate about partnering with schools and teachers who celebrate and value theater as part of the educational process. Our innovative, in-school theater programs are designed to engage students and teachers in active learning while providing tools to unleash imagination, build self-esteem, and provide a platform for learning about ourselves, each other and the world around us.

All of our programs are designed to be fully customized to the ages, curriculum, and specific needs of your classroom. Past STAGES residencies include:

  • a week-long Readers Theater exploration of character points of view in the Ugly Duckling with 2nd graders at Longfellow School
  • a school year-long residency introducing music terms and the orchestra to early childhood students at Ocean House Child Development Center
  • an ongoing partnership with the Breakwater School Enrichment Program

A few of our program formats are listed below. STAGES will provide all of the supplies and materials, and all programs include an hour of consultation/planning time with classroom teachers/staff to ensure our program is providing exactly the experience you would like for your students!

One-Week Discovery Program: For one week, a STAGES teaching artist will make a once-daily, one-hour visit to each of your classrooms (for up to three classrooms), and engage the students in theater activities to support the chosen curriculum topic. Each class will build on the activities of the previous day, culminating on the last day in an informal sharing session including all of the classrooms.

One-Week Intensive Residency: For one week, a team of STAGES teaching artists will spend four hours each day at your school, and direct an intensive, immersive educational theater experience in support of the chosen curriculum topic. Daily schedule to include both individual classroom activities and whole-grade activities as needed to support the program goals, and would culminate in a full-group final presentation/performance on the final day of the residency.

One-Month Semi-Intensive: For four weeks, a STAGES teaching artist will make a twice-weekly, one-hour visit to each of your classrooms (for up to three classrooms), and direct students in a month-long semi-intensive theater program to support the chosen curriculum topic. Program will culminate in a final presentation/performance.

One-Semester Weekly Program: For up to 12 weeks, a STAGES teaching artist will make a weekly, one hour visit to each of your classrooms (for up to three classrooms) and direct students in a semester-long theater program in support of the chosen curriculum topic. Program will culminate in a final presentation/performance during the final program week.

Whichever program you choose, the delight is in the details — whether you desire general theater education activities, or a more immersive, longer-form, curriculum-specific play-making experience. We love what we do, and we’d love to help make your educational theater dreams a reality!

For more information on our in-school programming please contact
Shannon Wade, Director of Education, at (207) 699-3330 or

“Being involved in putting on a production teaches lifelong skills.  Those who are involved for longer periods of time, or in more productions; they learn to deal with adversity, appreciate diversity, collaborate and get exposed different personalities, understand the correlation of work ethic to results, learn to expect the unexpected, and generally have better coping skills as a result… Continue reading Kristina Boissonneault, STAGES Parent

Kristina Boissonneault, STAGES Parent

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