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-actor’s creative toolbox.

Portland Stage reserves the right to combine programs or extend the ages of the participants at its discretion.

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For more information call 207.774.1043 x104 or send us an email.

Fall Conservatory

‘Play Me a Story’ Writing Lab
Thursdays, Sept 27 – Nov 1* | 4PM-6PM
Grades: 4-8 | $200
Participants work together to write and create an original children’s book and staged reading! Class will culminate in a final performance as part of Portland Stage’s Play Me a Story dramatic reading series where we will share our book with students ages 4-10 and their families.

*Additional Rehearsal Nov 2, Performance Nov 3 at 10:30am

Shakespeare Teen Company

Much Ado About Nothing
Tues – Thurs, Apr 9 – May 16* | 3:30PM-6:30PM
Grades: 7-11 | $340
Students come together as an ensemble to create a fully-staged performance of a Shakespearean play. Participants investigate the characters and stories of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, exploring this beloved comedy packed full of laughter, hardship, and shenanigans. Each participant will be fully immersed in the creative process, taking on a variety of roles necessary for creating a piece of theater, including acting, costume design, light design, marketing, and more!

*No class Apr 16 – 19 | Additional Rehearsal May 13 | Performances on May 17 & 18

Purchase tickets to the performance on May 17th @ 7pm, May 18th @ 2 or 6pm
This is a Pay-What- You Can Event with a suggested $10 donation


High School Intensive: Improv

Saturday, Oct 20 | 1PM-4PM
Grades 9-12 | $50
Create stories, characters, scenarios, and scenes on the fly in this interactive improvisational theater workshop!


High School Intensive: Theater for Social Change

Saturday, May 4 | 1PM-4PM
Grades 9-12 | $50
Join Education Director, Hannah Cordes, for a hands-on look at how to use theater tools and techniques to address difficult topics, encourage dialogue, engage communities, and create socially-driven pieces of theater.

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