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 In-School 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.
Portland Stage offers workshops both in classrooms and at our theater. These workshops are available virtually or in-person.
Potential workshops include: pre/post-show workshops connected to our mainstage, team-building and creative collaboration, professional development workshops on using theater as a tool for building literacy, curricular support for classroom projects or units, residencies with clubs or classrooms, and more!
Schedule a workshop via phone at 207.774.1043 x104 or email.
Interested in bringing your students to Portland Stage? We also offer tours of our theater and opportunities to meet theater professionals.
If you’re interested in doing tours of our theater, please reach out to our Education Team via phone at 207.774.1043 x104 or via the email below.
Virtual Education Resources
Explore tutorials, improv games, warm-ups, and other fun theatrical activities right from the comfort of your classroom with these resources created by our Education team just for you!
Teachers and other audience members can enhance their theatrical experience with PlayNotes, our resource guide. Created by the Portland Stage Literary department, these extensive guides present a broad spectrum of information and perspectives on each play in our Mainstage season. PlayNotes appeals to a wide audience of student and adult readers who wish to delve more deeply into the plays on our stage.
Portland Stage offers various professional development workshops.
- Theater and Literacy: using theatrical tools to enhance connections to the written word, encourage character/story recall, inspire active storytelling, and engage further with text.
- Collaboration and Team-Building
If you have other ideas of ways that our team could connect with you through Professional Development, email us and we would love to brainstorm with you!
Teachers' Night Out
Annually Portland Stage offer a Teachers’ Night Out. The evening begins with a reception in our Theater for Kids space where you will have the opportunity to learn more about our education programming, followed by a complimentary performance for you & a guest to one of our Mainstage productions.
Friday, November 4 pre show reception 5:30 – 7:30, Performance 7:30 pm
Email your name, school, and role to sign up!
Ticket to Ride
Would you need financial support to pay for transportation to Portland Stage? The Maine Arts Commission’s program Ticket to Ride may be able to help. This program provides funding to defray the cost of travel for Maine schools wishing to visit Maine arts based venues and events as part of a well-rounded curriculum. The goals of the trip should support student learning and be aligned with the visual and/or performing arts standards.
Target Field Trip Grants
This program provides grants of up to $700 for K-12 field trips in order to give students throughout the country the opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom. Grants are awarded to educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff who are employed by accredited K-12 public, private, or charter schools. (Parents, volunteers, after-school programs, Pre-K groups, and childcare centers are not eligible to apply.) Funds may be used to cover trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies.
Education for Everyone
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.