In-School Programs

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.  From Student Matinees on our Mainstage to our Play Program- our Education Department offers comprehensive programming that connects to and reinforces Common Core Standards.  Programs focus on process- deepening students’ ability to analyze, synthesize and think critically while building connections to the thoughts and ideas behind the written word.

  • Grades K-5: Play in Schools CultureClubBanner
    Professional actor/teaching artists from Portland Stage perform a dramatic 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.
  • Grades 6-12: Directors Lab 
    Professional teaching artists present a 45 minute version of a Shakespeare play, using original text edited to inspire and incite conversation among students. After the performance, students engage directly with the text in an interactive workshop with professional actors. In these workshops, students practice effective communication, creative collaboration, rhetoric, and critical analysis. Directors Lab puts Shakespeare’s language into the hands and mouths of the students, empowering them to be the artists, directors, and ensemble with the power to interpret the text and produce meaning. Click here to read about our visit to Lincoln Middle School with Romeo and Juliet.
  • Grades 3-12: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play adapted by Joe Landry 
    Students attend a 10:00 am matinee of this beloved American Classic. Performances are followed by an open talkback with the actors onstage.
  • Grades 7-12: Student Matinees
    All of the plays in Portland Stage’s season have 10:00am Student Matinee performances scheduled throughout the school year recommended for students grades 7-12, with our Holiday Show recommended for students grades 3-12.  Students see the same exceptional professional performances as our evening audiences. Every Student Matinee is followed by a talkback with the actors onstage, and teachers can download our resource guide PlayNotes in advance for background articles, information on the playwright, and lesson ideas aligned with the Common Core Standards.

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

Portland Stage’s work with students at the K-5 level in the Portland Public Schools has been studied and endorsed by Education Researcher Dr. Alexander Lapidus of the University of Southern Maine as “cutting edge” innovation in the area of multi-literacy learning. To read Dr. Lapidus’s recent paper on our PLAY In-Schools Program, Click here.

For more information for teachers, click here.