For Teachers

Welcome to Portland Stage’s For Teachers page, designed to help you find the most appropriate educational programs for your students. Portland Stage’s Education in Schools Programs offer both In-School and In-House programs for students of all ages. Please call for pricing, and with any questions.

Portland Stage produces a safe environment for students of all ages to find a higher sense of play, stretch their imaginations, and gain valuable social skills such as listening, risk taking, ensemble building, public speaking, and leadership through storytelling. These classes are wildly fun, creative, spontaneous, and begin to build skills for the young actor or non-actor’s voice, body, and imagination. All classes conform to Common Core Standards.

 

OFFERED TO ALL ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

Teachers’ Night Out

You and a guest are invited to Portland Stage’s Teachers’ Night Out on September 23rd! The evening will begin with a reception in our Theater for Kids space where you will have the opportunity to learn more about our education programming, followed by a complimentary performance of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. If you would like to attend, email with your name, the name of your guest (if applicable), your school, and the grade(s) and subject(s) you teach. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!


Student Matinees
The Portland Stage Student Matinee Program annually provides more than 7,000 students with discounted tickets for student matinees. Following Student Matinee performances, students participate in a talkback with members of the cast and crew, actively and energetically exploring all elements of the production and the issues raised in the play.  Running times vary, check individual shows for performance dates and running time.

Student Matinee Reservations are handled by the Education Department, not the Box Office. To make a reservation for one of our 10:00 am matinees, contact the Education Department at 207.774.1043 x101 or e-mail.

Theater Tour and Workshops
Portland Stage Theater Tour and Workshop invites small-to-medium size school groups to our beautiful theater for a half-hour tour culminating in a 45-minute workshop with the participating students. This is a fun, fast, interactive way to see the workings of a theater-and the actors who inhabit it. We would also be happy to bring a workshop to your classroom based on the needs of your students. Please contact the Education Department at 207-774-1043 x 104 or email for more information, and for pricing.

IN ADDITION WE OFFER SPECIFIC PROGRAMS FOR VARIOUS GRADES:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
PLAY Program
The Portland Stage PLAY Program is a 30 minute interactive performance followed by a 45 minute acting workshop for elementary school students . Professional teaching artists perform children’s literature and classic poetry for the entire school, and then work with select classrooms in workshops based by the stories. Actors teach students to use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to build understanding, encourage literacy and bring stories to life.

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Directors Lab
William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
 Winter 2018
In our Directors Lab, professional teaching artists present a 45 minute long version of a Shakespeare play, with text selected to inspire and incite conversation among middle and high school students. After the performance, students are given the opportunity to “direct” those scenes via a 45 minute workshop. Students are invited to unpack the world of rhetoric, intent, tactics, and are shown the benefits of increasing their desire to communicate.

Click here to read about our visit to Lincoln Middle School with Romeo and Juliet.

Limited engagements available – call for pricing and more information.
Contact: Portland Stage Education Department at 207.774.1043 x104 or email 

HIGH SCHOOL
Directors Lab
William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Winter 2018
In our Directors Lab, professional teaching artists present a 45 minute long version of a Shakespeare play, with text selected to inspire and incite conversation among middle and high school students. After the performance, students are given the opportunity to “direct” those scenes in a 45 minute workshop. Students are invited to unpack the world of rhetoric, intent, tactics, and are shown the benefits of increasing their desire to communicate.

WATCH THIS
Lincoln Middle School responds to an abridged performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet!

Click here to read about our visit to Lincoln Middle School with Romeo and Juliet.

Limited engagements available – call for pricing and more information.
Contact: Portland Stage Education Department at 207.774.1043 x104 or email 

RESOURCE GUIDES:
We provide resource guides for every program.  You will be given a special link when you sign up for our programs, giving you access to information about the material, activities, photos, related articles and additional resources. See our PlayNotes page for an example of a typical resource guide.

TICKET TO RIDE:
Thanks to the generosity of The Betterment Fund, the Ticket to Ride program has just been granted funding for the next three years. The program began in 2010 with start-up funding provided by the Jane B. Cook 1992 Charitable Trust and matched by the Maine Arts Commission.

The program provides funding to defray the cost of travel for Maine schools wishing to visit arts-based venues and events in the State as part of a well-rounded curriculum. The goals of the trip should support student learning and be aligned with the visual and/or performing arts standards.

Any PK-12 school in Maine is eligible to receive support of up to $300 each school year. PK-12 schools in Maine with a documented, free and reduced lunch student population of 50 percent or greater is eligible to receive support of up to $500 each school year.

For more information or to access the application, please click here.

CULTURE CLUB:
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 Schools with the opportunity to participate in Portland Stage’s Education Programs every school year.

Culture Club-Portland programs are generously supported through the philanthropy of an anonymous benefactor, The Old Bug Light Foundation, and the Ernie Ayer Education Foundation.

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.