Northern Stage’s Education & Artistic Outreach department seeks to broaden our relationship to the community by engaging with theater lovers of all ages through youth training and in-school programs, external events, internships, and adult learning opportunities. Led by Eric Love (Director of Education) and Amanda Rafuse (Director of Artistic Outreach), the department brings world-class theater professionals to the Upper Valley to provide unique training that challenges students and inspires them to create great art. To learn more about Education and Artistic Outreach, download our one-page flier here.
Northern Stage’s Education and Artistic Outreach Programs are made possible by the leadership support of the Pussycat Foundation, The Couch Family Foundation, The HOPE Foundation, Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, Dartmouth College Department of Theater, Joyful Living Fund of VT Community Foundation, Education Fund Donors, Access Fund Donors, and our entire family of supporters. To support changing lives, one story at a time through a Bespoke gift to our Education and Artistic Outreach programs, please click here.
YOUTH TRAINING PROGRAMS:
Boot Camp is designed to nurture young theater artists by providing in-depth training and mentorship for high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates who want to pursue a career in the arts. With support from the Pussycat Foundation and Education Fund donors, Boot Camp serves young artists who otherwise lack the resources to pursue professional-level arts training.
A perfect introduction to theater! Classes focus on teamwork, self-confidence, and acting techniques. These half-day camps for students in grades 1-7 will take place June 24-28, 2019. Details about our 2019 Summer Camp will be announced soon.
Each summer, Northern Stage offers the Summer Musical Theater Intensive: a by-audition training program designed for students in grades 7-12. Taught by industry veterans and culminating in a professionally-produced musical on the main stage.
Northern Stage believes the artistry that happens behind the scenes is just as important as the artistry that happens on the stage. Designed to train and inspire technical theater artists of the future, students in grades 9-12 work with Northern Stage’s professional staff in all aspects of technical theater production from September through May and in conjunction with SMTI.
Exceptional theater training for young people in grades 7-12. From September to May, students participate in group days at the theater, post-show discussions, master classes with main stage artists, and three performance projects, including a fully-produced musical on the main stage.
YES, Jr. is designed for kids with a passion for theater in grades 4-6. From December to March, students participate in group days at the theater, master classes, post-show conversations, and rehearse and perform a one-week project in February.
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’s internships are designed to provide students a supportive environment in which to learn about all aspects of creating theater. Our Summer Internships are 6 – 8 weeks in June/July while Short Term internships can be structured around school vacation schedules. Interns are in college or recently graduated. We accept 1 – 3 people for Summer Internships, and other Short Term Internships are accepted on an as-available basis.
IN- SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES:
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. BridgeUP brings professional teaching artists into area classrooms for a month-long residency to empower students to speak Shakespeare’s language, perform songs, learn choreography, and embrace public performance. This performative program brings artists into the classroom and supports the curricular needs of schools. Supported by the Pussycat Foundation and our Education Fund donors.
Northern Stage offers school-time matinees of select 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 Pussycat Foundation, Hypertherm Owner’s Philanthropic Endeavors Foundation, and Couch Family Foundation.
Backstage@NorthernStage is a series of four – five workshops offered in collaboration with local life-long learning partner organizations (Adventures in Learning, Osher at Dartmouth, and the Woodstock Learning Lab). Each program is announced on our website and via our partner organization. This course is a series of experiential workshops and discussions led by members of Northern Stage’s Leadership Team, special guests, and members of the production’s design team and cast. Each series is offered in conjunction with a selected main stage production and is designed to bring you closer to the artists and craft of Northern Stage.
Success in business means finding comfort in uncomfortable situations and building a highly effective team. We can customize a program to help employees or individuals work on public speaking, presentation skills, team building, and more using acting and theater techniques. Interested in a day with your co-workers or employees? Please contact Amanda Rafuse to create your tailored workshop.
A limited number of scripts and complimentary ticket vouchers for the 2018-19 Season are available for checkout from participating area libraries.
Spot On is a series of community conversations designed to illuminate the major themes of selected plays in Northern Stage’s main stage season. Featuring artists, academics, community leaders, and inspirational figures you will want to hear from, these conversations are curated to spark resonant dialogue among our community members. Conversations take place prior to a Sunday afternoon performance: talks begin at 3 PM and end at 4 PM and – NEW in 2018 – are followed by receptions in the Roesch Family Lobby with light snacks and beverages.
A new programmatic offering, Lobby Talks offer an intimate conversation prior to select shows with special guests including artists, scholars, and community leaders. Join us 45 minutes prior to selected performances for these engaging dialogues contextualizing the work you will see on stage.