In-School Programs

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.


PLAY Program (Grades K-5)

PLAY brings children’s books to life through a school-wide performance, followed by interactive classroom workshops for up to 8 classrooms of students. The goal of PLAY is to connect theater with literacy by making literature performative and encouraging reading fluency, character recall, understanding of themes, emotional recognition, physical storytelling, and vocal characterization. We actively engage students in small groups/workshops using their bodies, voices, and imaginations to build understanding of the text while bringing the stories and characters to life.

Directors Lab (Grades 6-12) 

Professional teaching artists present a 45 minute version of a Shakespeare play, using original text edited to inspire and incite conversation among students. After the performance, students engage directly with the text in an interactive workshop with professional actors. In these workshops, students practice effective communication, creative collaboration, rhetoric, and critical analysis. Directors Lab puts Shakespeare’s language into the hands and mouths of the students, empowering them to be the artists, directors, and ensemble with the power to interpret the text and produce meaning.

Holiday Show and Pre/Post-Show Workshops (Grades 3-12)

Students attend a 10:00 am matinee followed by a talk-back with the actors. The visit can be augmented by workshops, pre and/or post-show, in their classrooms or at our theater. Portland Stage has committed to including a cast of young actors in this production so students can see their peers on stage working alongside professional actors. In 2017, we are proud to present It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.

Student Matinees and Pre/Post-Show Workshops (Grades 5-12)

Students attend a 10:00 am matinee of one of our mainstage productions. The goal of our student matinee program is to help students gain understanding of their own lives by connecting on a deeper level to productions that explore and mirror the world in which they live. Following the performance, students participate in a talk-back discussion with the cast and crew, which helps them gain awareness of the creative process and encourages them to think critically about the themes and messages of the play. Teachers can download our resource guide PlayNotes in advance for background articles, information on the playwright and production, and ideas for the classroom. The visit can also be augmented by workshops, pre and/or post-show, in their classrooms or at our theater.

Classroom Workshops and Tours (Grades Pre K-12)

Portland Stage offers workshops both in classrooms and at our theater. Potential workshops include: pre/post-show workshops connected to our mainstage, team-building and creative collaboration, curricular support for classroom projects or units, residencies with clubs or classrooms, and more! Interested in bringing your students to Portland Stage? We also offer tours of our theater and opportunities to meet theater professionals.

For more information call 207.774.1043 x104 or send an email.