For Teachers

Welcome to Portland Stage’s For Teachers page, designed to help you find the most appropriate educational programs for your students. At Portland Stage, we have developed a series of Education Programs that connect and reinforce State & National 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.

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. When reservations open, email with your name, the name of your guest (if applicable), your school, and the grade(s) and subject(s) you teach.
Check back this fall for the date of our 2018-2019 season event.


Student Matinees
The Portland Stage Student Matinee Program annually provides more than 7,000 students with discounted tickets for student matinees. Following Student Matinee performances, students participate in a talkback with members of the cast and crew, actively and energetically exploring all elements of the production and the issues raised in the play.  Running times vary, check individual shows for performance dates and running time.

Student Matinee Reservations are handled by the Education Department, not the Box Office. To make a reservation for one of our 10:00 am matinees, contact the Education Department at 207.774.1043 x101 or e-mail.

Classroom Workshops and Tours
Portland Stage Theater Tour and Workshop invites small-to-medium size school groups to our beautiful theater for a half-hour tour culminating in a 45-minute workshop with the participating students. This is a fun, fast, interactive way to see the workings of a theater-and the actors who inhabit it. We would also be happy to bring a workshop to your classroom based on the needs of your students. Please contact the Education Department at 207-774-1043 x 104 or email for more information, and for pricing.

IN ADDITION WE OFFER SPECIFIC PROGRAMS FOR VARIOUS GRADES:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
PLAY Program
The Portland Stage PLAY Program is a 30 minute interactive performance followed by a 45 minute acting workshop for elementary school students . Professional teaching artists perform children’s literature and classic poetry for the entire school, and then work with select classrooms in workshops based by the stories. Actors teach students to use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to build understanding, encourage literacy and bring stories to life.

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Directors Lab
William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
 Winter 2018
In our Directors Lab, professional teaching artists present a 45 minute long version of a Shakespeare play, with text selected to inspire and incite conversation among middle and high school students. After the performance, students are given the opportunity to “direct” those scenes via a 45 minute workshop. Students are invited to unpack the world of rhetoric, intent, tactics, and are shown the benefits of increasing their desire to communicate.

Click here to read about our visit to Lincoln Middle School with Romeo and Juliet.

Limited engagements available – call for pricing and more information.
Contact: Portland Stage Education Department at 207.774.1043 x104 or email 

HIGH SCHOOL
Directors Lab
William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Winter 2018
In our Directors Lab, professional teaching artists present a 45 minute long version of a Shakespeare play, with text selected to inspire and incite conversation among middle and high school students. After the performance, students are given the opportunity to “direct” those scenes in a 45 minute workshop. Students are invited to unpack the world of rhetoric, intent, tactics, and are shown the benefits of increasing their desire to communicate.

WATCH THIS
Lincoln Middle School responds to an abridged performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet!

Click here to read about our visit to Lincoln Middle School with Romeo and Juliet.

Limited engagements available – call for pricing and more information.
Contact: Portland Stage Education Department at 207.774.1043 x104 or email 

RESOURCE GUIDES:
We provide resource guides for every program.  You will be given a special link when you sign up for our programs, giving you access to information about the material, activities, photos, related articles and additional resources. See our PlayNotes page for an example of a typical resource guide.

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.

For more information or to access the application, please click here.

CULTURE CLUB:
Through the generous support of an individual donor, Portland Stage has come together with the Portland Museum of Art, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and Portland Ovations to create Culture Club – Portland to advance arts education in our city. Through Culture Club, we inspire students by providing regular access to quality arts, building community, and making the arts a consistent part of students’ education. Culture Club – Portland provides students in the Portland Public Schools with the opportunity to participate in Portland Stage’s Education Programs every school year.

Culture Club-Portland programs are generously supported through the philanthropy of an anonymous benefactor, The Old Bug Light Foundation, and the Ernie Ayer Education Foundation.

At Portland Stage, we have developed a series of Education Programs tied to Common Core Standards that are designed to grow with students as they progress through all grade-levels. We are using these programs as the framework for our Culture Club participation.