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Education

Overview

The mission of BSC’s Education Department is to awaken the minds, imaginations, and creative power of children, teenagers, and young adults by providing opportunities for them to experience the joy of live theatre as performers, writers, technicians, and audience members.

Our programs include:

  • Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP): PMP is an intensive, six-month, out-of-school activity that uses theatre as a catalyst to help at-risk youth learn valuable life skills that can aid them in developing positive self-images. Over the course of the program, teens create an original performance piece based on their own stories in a safe and confidential environment where they can express themselves, develop conflict resolution skills, and together create a supportive community. Currently, PMP serves 70 young people across Berkshire County, including two court-mandated groups in association with the Pittsfield Juvenile Court and North Adams Juvenile Court. Each year, PMP reaches audiences of more than 1000 high school students and community members. In 2007, the PMP received the national “Coming Up Taller Award” from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the nation’s highest honor for after-school and out-of-school programs.
  • Professional Internship ProgramProfessional internships are offered to college students and recent graduates interested in pursuing careers in theatre. Interns work with award-winning theatre professionals while spending a summer in the thriving theatre culture of the Berkshires, just a few hours from Boston and New York. Participants are chosen through a competitive application process to train and gain professional experience in various facets of Equity theatre. Barrington Stage interns have gone on to MFA programs and to professional theatre careers throughout the U.S. Concentrations include stage management, production, scenic design, costume design, lighting and sound design, directing, arts administration, development, and education. Housing and a stipend are provided.
  • Musical Theatre Apprenticeship Program: Every year, several Musical Theatre Apprentices (MTA) are selected to work with top-level New York directors, choreographers and composers during Barrington Stage’s summer season from June through August. For the 2013 season from May 24 through August 25, MTA’s performed in the Mainstage productions of On the Town [directed by Tony Award-winner John Rando (Urinetown) and choreographed by Emmy Award-winner Josh Bergasse (TV's "Smash")] and Much Ado About Nothing (directed by Julianne Boyd) and in their own cabarets, took master classes, and earned Equity points. Previous classes have been led by Broadway legends Christopher Innvar (Floyd Collins, Porgy and Bess), Marin Mazzie (Ragtime, Next to Normal) and Jason Danieley (Candide, Curtains), TV Star Debra Jo Rupp (That 70′s Show), and famed composer William Finn (Falsettos, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).
  • Youth TheatreBarrington Stage Company’s Professional Youth Theatre is designed to extend the professionalism of our main stage to local youth ages 13-18. More than 100 students a year audition for 16 places in this free program. Accepted students sign a contract and enter an Equity rehearsal and performance schedule under professional director and choreographer Christine O’Grady (Hair on Broadway.)  This extended run teaches the students the discipline and spontaneity necessary to repeat a performance for 8 shows each week. Performers also attend all BSC productions, engage in talkbacks with the casts, and participate in master classes in song interpretation, audition prep, and the business of theatre.
  • KidsAct!: KidsAct! is an acting program for students ages 8-15. Over the course of three weeks, students collaborate to create an original work for performance, drawing music from the musical theatre canon. The program begins with ensemble-building and improvisation exercises, vocal training, movement, and stage combat. Under the guidance of experienced theatre instructors, the students create an original play which they perform for families, friends and the community. Sessions are held in Pittsfield and draw students from Sheffield to North Adams.
  • Student Matinee/School Residency Program: Junior high and high school students have the opportunity to participate in a thematic in-school workshop with a teaching artist and then attend a play and talkback with the cast and creative team at Barrington Stage Company. Teachers also receive study guides with information and in-class activities related to the play. Past matinees have included civil rights play The Best of Enemies with workshops on conflict resolution and the classic Lord of the Flies with workshops on bullying.

For information contact Corinne Miller, Director of Education at 413-499-5446 x112 or cmiller@barringtonstageco.org.