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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‘Play Me a Story’ Writing Lab
Tuesdays, Sept 24 – Oct 29* | 4PM-6PM
Grades: 4-6 | $205
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 1, Performance Nov 2 at 10:30am
Shakespeare Teen Company
Tues, Wed, & Thurs, Apr 14 – May 21* | 3:30PM-6:30PM
Grades: 7-12 | $350
Students come together as an ensemble to create a fully-staged performance of a Shakespearean play. Participants investigate the characters and stories of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved tragedies (with a hint of comedy!), Hamlet. Each participant will be fully immersed in the creative process, taking on a variety of roles including acting, costume design, light design, set design, marketing, and more!
*No class Apr 20 – 24 | Additional Rehearsal May 18 | Performances on May 22 & 23
Audition & Monologue Workshop
Saturday, Oct 26 | 1PM-4PM
Grades 9-12 | $50
Looking for tips and tricks on how to nail an audition? Want to work on your monologue skills? Have college auditions coming up? Then this workshop is right for you! This class will be a mix of discussion and master class designed to help you feel more comfortable and confident when auditioning and/or performing monologues.
Playwriting with John Cariani
Monday, Jan 20 | 4PM-7PM
Grades 9-12 | $50
Join us for an interactive playwriting workshop with actor, playwright, and Maine Native, John Cariani. As a playwright, Cariani is best known for his play Almost, Maine which he will be performing in this season at Portland Stage. Other plays include cul-de-sac, Last Gas, and LOVE/SICK. As an actor, Cariani’s Broadway credits include Tony Award winning Broadway musical The Band’s Visit, Fiddler on the Roof (Tony Award nominee for Best Featured Actor in a musical), and Something Rotten!. Limited space available, reserve your spot today!