Northern Stage’s Education 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, 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.
Education programs are made possible by the leadership support of the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation, The Mary W. Harriman Foundation, Bonnie & Clint Swift, Hypertherm Owner’s Philanthropic Endeavors (HOPE) Foundation, The Sabra M. Hamilton Foundation, Education Fund Donors, and our entire family of supporters. To support changing lives, one story at a time through a Bespoke gift to our Education programs, please click here.
YOUTH TRAINING PROGRAMS:
BOOT CAMP 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.
SUMMER CAMPS A perfect introduction to theater! Classes focus on teamwork, self-confidence, and acting techniques. These half-day camps for students in grades 1-7 take place in late June and early July. Details about our summer camps are announced each winter.
SUMMER MUSICAL THEATER INTENSIVE 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.
TECHNICAL APPRENTICE PROGRAM (TAP) 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 spend their summer with Northern Stage’s professional staff, learning all aspects of technical theater production.
YOUTH ENSEMBLE STUDIO 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. *Please view the YES page to learn how this program has been remodeled this season due to COVID-19*
YES, Jr. 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, after-school classes, and rehearse and perform a one-week project in February.
DARTMOUTH EXPERIENTIAL TERM 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.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SCHOOLS:
BRIDGEUP: THEATER IN THE SCHOOLS 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.
STUDENT MATINEE SERIES 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.
BACKSTAGE@NORTHERNSTAGE 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.
COMMUNICATIONS, INC. 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 Eric Love to create your tailored workshop.
SPOT ON CONVERSATIONS 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 are followed by receptions in the Roesch Family Lobby with light snacks and beverages.