Culture Club - Portland

"The arts are an essential part of a well-rounded education that prepares students for success in the 21st Century workforce."
        -- U.S. Department of Education

Through the generous support of an individual donor, PORTLAND STAGE has come together with the Portland Museum of Art, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and Portland Ovations to create Culture Club-Portland to advance arts education in our city. Through Culture Club, we inspire students by providing regular access to quality arts, building community, and making the arts a consistent part of students’ education. Culture Club-Portland provides students in the Portland Public School District with the opportunity to participate in Portland Stage’s Education Programs every school year.

At PORTLAND STAGE, we have developed a series of Education Programs tied to Common Core Standards that are designed to grow with students as they progress through all grade-levels. We are using these programs as the framework for our Culture Club participation.

Elementary School WorkshopsGRADES K-4: Play Me A Story School Workshops
Professional actor/teaching artists from Portland Stage perform a staged-reading of children’s books for the entire school.  The performance is followed by actor-lead, energetic, interactive workshops for up to 8 classrooms of students.  The program is designed to improve literacy, promote teamwork, and inspire creativity through a multidimensional approach to learning.

The Snow QueenGRADES 5 & 6: The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
5th and 6th grade students attend a 10:00am matinee of the world-famous story of Gerda and her search to save her best friend, Kai, from the Snow Queen. Portland Stage’s adaptation of this classic hero's journey sets the poetry of Emily Dickinson alongside Andersen's original text, making it a great complement to classroom curriculum. Performances are followed by an open talkback with the actors onstage (For Portland Schools, performances on Dec 3, Dec 4, and Dec 10
been set aside - call 774-1043 ext. 104 for reservations).

Early Show MatineesGRADES 7-12: Early Show Matinees

All of the plays in Portland Stage’s 2013-2014 season have 10:00am student matinee performances scheduled throughout the school year. Students see the same exceptional professional performances as our evening audiences. Every Early Show is followed by an open talkback with the actors onstage, and teachers can download our resource guide PlayNotes in advance (click here for the current issue of PlayNotes) for background articles, information on the playwright, and lesson ideas aligned with the Common Core

All of these PORTLAND STAGE educational programs are free once a year to every student in the Portland Public Schools through support from Culture Club – all teachers need to do is follow the links above to the appropriate program and call us to make reservations and arrange dates.

For more information on Culture Club–Portland and its partner organizations see,




Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
by August Wilson
SEP 24 - OCT 20, 2013

by Morris Panych
OCT 29 - NOV 17, 2013

Santaland Diaries
by David Sedaris
Dec 3 - DEC 22, 2013
In the Studio Theater

A Christmas Carol
by Hans Christian Andersen
NOV 29 - DEC 22, 2013

Trouble Is My Business

by Joseph Vass
JAN 21 - FEB 16, 2014

by Tom Coash

FEB 25 - MAR 16, 2014

by Nina Raine
MAR 25 - APR 13, 2014

The Savannah Disputation
by Evan Smith
APR 22 - MAY 18, 2014