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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. 


Boot Camp is a year-round program for high school juniors and seniors who want to pursue theater arts in college. Boot Camp provides personalized and in-depth mentorship in acting, singing, and dancing as well as college counseling to guide them through the highly competitive audition process. 


PAC offers a variety of Production and Design opportunities tailored to each student’s unique capabilities and aspirations. They receive training from professional theater artisans on a one-on-one basis, in group master classes, and working on professional shows. PAC students engage in hands-on learning in their areas of focus, such as carpentry, sewing, props fabrication, and stage management. 


YES is the core of Education at Northern Stage. Actors in grades 7-12 get to attend all Northern Stage shows, take masterclasses led by world-class artists, and the opportunity to perform in three productions a year. Past performances by the YES students include Yo, Vikings!, Twelfth Night, Brown Girl Dreaming, The Skin of Our Teeth, and She Kills Monsters.


YES (Youth Ensemble Studio) Jr. is designed for students with a passion for theater in grades 4-6. They meet for acting workshops twice a week leading up to a five day February Vacation Camp that culminates in a studio show for friends and family. In past seasons, YES Jr. has performed The Emperor’s New Clothes, Charlotte’s Web, and Alice In Wonderland.


Summer Musical Theater Intensive (SMTI) is our celebrated theater training program for students ages 12-18. Over the course of five weeks, students rehearse and perform a full-scale Broadway musical. This program is designed to extend the professionalism of our main stage to our young actors. Past productions include School Of Rock, James And The Giant Peach, and Legally Blonde


Every June, Northern Stage offers week-long summer camps. All classes focus on team work, self-confidence, and acting techniques.