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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 Conservatory Program: The BSC Musical Theatre Conservatory (MTC) is an intensive 10-week pre-professional training program including classes, rehearsals, and performances led by some of the most successful Broadway performers, directors, and writers working in New York theatre today. As a part of the MTC program, Musical Theatre Apprentices (MTAs) will have the opportunity to receive EMC points while understudying a significant role in one of BSC’s Mainstage or Stage 2 productions.
  • 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 acclaimed musical theatre training program for children ages 7-14. As an extension of BSC’s mission to support the creation of original work, KidsAct! Teaching Artists guide students through the process of writing, rehearsing, and performing original scripts based on the students own creative ideas. As part of the process, students build improvisation, acting, and playwriting skills through fun theatre games, dramatic exercises, and character study. The BroadwayKids! Program also builds singing and dancing skills as the musical director and choreographer collaborate with each group to weave in songs from the traditional musical theatre canon. KidsAct! not only develops theatre skills, but also builds self-esteem and helps awaken each child’s creativity. Each session culminates in a public performance on the final day of the program. Sessions are held throughout the year with full-day camp programs offered in the summer. Partial Scholarships are available based on financial need.
  • 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.