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.

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.

Click here for Portland Stage’s class safety policy for in-person offerings.
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Need financial assistance? Download our Scholarship Form.

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

“Let’s Make a Play”

Grades 3-6 | Wednesdays, Oct. 14- Nov. 11 |
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | In-Person | $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 Virtual Play Me a Story dramatic reading series.


Fall Conservatory

Grades 5-8 | Thursdays, Oct 15 – Nov 12 |
3:30 PM – 6:00 PM | Virtual | $225

This student-driven class will bring together a community of young artists with a focus on acting, improv, playwriting, creating, and collaborating. Through a combination of exercises, prompts, challenges, students will generate material, create a sense of community, and further their acting skills. 


Game Day:
Improv & Theater Games

Grades: 9-12 | Sat., Nov. 14 and/or 21 |
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | In-Person |
$60 per session, sign up for both & save 10%

Practice your improv & acting skills with fellow actors through games with a focus on physicality, voice, and character work. Sign up for both sessions & save or pick the session that works for you!


Playwriting Intensive
with John Cariani

Grades: 9-12 | Wednesday, December 9 | 4:30 – 6:30 PM | $40

Join us for a virtual playwriting workshop with actor and playwright John Cariani. There will be a 90 minute workshop followed by a 30 minute Q&A.

As a playwright, Cariani is best known for his play Almost, Maine which he performed in last 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), Something Rotten!. Scholarships available, email [email protected] for more information.