Ensemble of The Drowsy Chaperone. Copyright 2017 Kata Sasvari
The educational programs at Northern Stage seek to engage local students of all ages in exploring the world of theater while challenging their beliefs about the world around them. We meet each student at his or her own level and seek to build confidence, knowledge, and a love of theater in a professional environment. We hope that participating in classes and workshops at Northern Stage will help make theater a meaningful part of lives now and in the years to come. To learn more about our Education Programs, download our one-page flier by clicking here.
The mission of BridgeUP: Theater in the Schools is to increase theater access and learning resources for rural and underserved youth throughout Vermont and New Hampshire through performative programs that bring artists into the classroom, support of curricular needs of underserved schools, and by introducing young people to theater through low‐cost access to professional productions. Special focus is given to areas classified as poor, rural districts and those with families below the poverty line. Districts with limited or no arts funding will be given access to resources that can shape how a student engages with learning and their community.
Every June, Northern Stage offers week-long summer camps. All classes focus on team work, self-confidence, and acting techniques. These half-day camps for students ages 6-11 will take place June 25-29, 2018
Each summer, Northern Stage offers the Summer Musical Theater Intensive and Technical Apprentice Program. These programs are designed to extend the professionalism of our main stage to young actors, ages 12-18, and young technicians, ages 14-18.
Northern Stage believes the artistry that happens behind the scenes is just as important as the artistry that happens on the stage. We pride ourselves in having a fully professional and exceptionally gifted production staff, from our technical director, to our scenic artists, to our props master. This program is designed to train and inspire technical theater artists of the future. The 2018 Technical Apprentice Program runs in conjunction with the Summer Musical Theater Intensive production of James and the Giant Peach. TAP students will work on this production in the shops and run crew for performances.
YES members will participate in group nights at the theater with post show discussions and monthly master classes with cast members and creative teams of the main stage productions. YES will also rehearse and perform three productions throughout the course of the academic school year, culminating in a fully-produced musical on the main stage.
YES, Jr. is designed for kids with a passion for theater in grades 4-6. From January-March the YES, Jr. company will see three shows at Northern Stage with a master class beforehand and talkbacks afterwards. Over February vacation week they will rehearse and perform a 30 minute play that focuses on acting technique.
Northern Stage offers two internship programs for Dartmouth students – the Experiential Term (or “E-Term”) is designed to give current undergraduate students the opportunity to gain experience working in a professional theater during an off-term, while the Post Graduate Internship is a year-long position to help recent graduates transition into working in a professional theater environment.
Northern Stage offers school-time matinees of selected professional productions. Student’s imaginations are nourished under the lights and action of full-length productions at a discounted price. Before the show, students receive a study guide to use at a talk-back with professional actors immediately following the performance. Generously sponsored by the Hypertherm Owner’s Philanthropic Endeavors Foundation and the Couch Family Foundation.
Northern Stage is proud to partner with OSHER@Dartmouth for life-long learning workshops designed to bring you closer to the craft and artists of Northern Stage. Visit OSHER’S website to view registration deadlines and details.
A limited number of scripts and complimentary ticket vouchers for the 2017-18 season are available for checkout from participating area libraries.
The Spot On series will be a free one-hour conversation between the audience and expert guests highlighting contextual themes in a production. Usually scheduled prior to a Sunday performance, the goal of this event is to promote and provide a place for dialogue among audience members, theater professionals, and experts brought in to expand on specific themes found in our productions. We hope our audiences walk away from these lectures with a deeper understanding and enjoyment of our main stage productions.