As a leading cultural institution, education is central to our Mission. All classes and workshops are taught by professionally trained Teaching Artists and focus on literacy, cultural awareness, imaginative problem-solving, collaborative play, and creative thinking. Our teaching philosophy highlights process over product, deepening students’ ability to analyze, synthesize, and think critically while making connections to the thoughts and ideas behind the written word.
Portland Stage Education strives to welcome and celebrate all people regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, national origin, religion, gender identity, neurological, or physical ability.
Experience the fun and magic of theater on Saturday mornings with Play Me a Story! Ages 4 – 10 enjoy a performance of children’s stories followed by an interactive acting workshop with Portland Stage’s Education Artists for $15. Sign up for the month and save or pick individual days that work for you. Build literacy, encourage creativity and spark dramatic dreams!
Classes at Portland Stage produce a safe environment for young people 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, collaborative, spontaneous, and begin to build skills for the young actor or non-actors’ creative toolbox.
Portland Stage reserves the right to combine programs or extend the ages of the participants at its discretion.
Dive into theater for five exciting days while on your school breaks! Our theater camps immerse participants in all aspects of theater, culminating in an open studio performance for friends and family at the end of the week! Camps are taught by professional actors, directors, and artisans. Students are invited to think imaginatively, critically, and creatively in an environment of inclusivity and safe play.
Our Student Matinees, offered for most of our Mainstage season programming, connect and reinforce Common Core Standards and are designed to grow with students as they progress through all grade levels.
Our Touring Programs, including PLAY and Directors Lab, connect and reinforce Common Core Standards and are designed to grow with students as they progress through all grade levels.
At Portland Stage, we have developed a series of Education Programs that connect and reinforce Common Core Standards and are designed to grow with students as they progress through all grade-levels (K-12). Our touring programming focuses on building and enhancing literacy, cultural awareness, collaborative play, and creative thinking through a multidimensional approach to learning. All programs are accompanied by a comprehensive resource guide to enhance and support student/teacher engagement.
This apprenticeship is primarily in Company Management and works with the Company Manager on company meals, housing, contracts, and other administration needs. The apprentice will also float to other departments for special projects, including working with/on the Maine Theater Collective. Past apprentices have worked with Development, Marketing, Education, and others depending on the skills and interests of the applicant. All apprentices will be on two, if not more, run crew assignments and will spend time in other departments to expand their knowledge in all areas of theater.
Portland Stage would like to thank the Onion Foundation, Maine Arts Commission, and the Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Charitable Foundation for their generous support of our K-12 Education Programs.
Portland Stage would like to thank Susie Konkel for her support of our In-Theater programming, and Bud & Cheryl Higgins for establishing the Jamie Higgins Endowment toward our Education Programs.