OUR MISSION

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.

Special Education Events

FREE Queer Virtual Story Slam

Saturday, June 20 at 7 PM

Join Barrington Stage Company’s Education Department for a FREE queer virtual story slam in celebration of Pride Month! This event will take place on Saturday, June 20 at 7PM on Zoom. All are welcome to attend — whether or not you plan on sharing a story!

A story slam is a chance for folks to share personal stories in a supportive forum. All stories must be 5 minutes in length. All stories must be personal stories — AKA they are stories about something that happened to you.

Engaging stories include:

  • Stakes. An engaging story sets up why this moment was important to the teller, what the teller had at stake to be lost, and what the teller had at stake to be won.
  • Build a strong first line and last line. That way, if you get lost along the way, you always have those to anchor you. They also pull the audience in!
  • A change that happened to you over the course of this story. How are you different at the end than you were at the beginning? What happened that contributed to this change?
  • A direct correlation to the theme. Does your story respond directly to the theme?

We encourage you to try to get “off-book” for your story — AKA try to do it without a script in front of you. It’s ok if every word isn’t memorized! We want to hear your story, for real, as it happened to you. If you feel more comfortable holding notes, that is fine.

These stories won’t be judged. There are no prizes. This is a chance for our community to come together in affinity and hear each other’s stories, listening with support and care. The prize is that we all have the privilege of bearing witness for one another!

This is a bigotry-free event. Racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, anti-Muslim sentiment, anti-Jewish sentiment, sexism, ageism and other oppressive behaviors will not be tolerated. If your story or behavior in this event breaks this community contract, you will be removed from the virtual event.

If you would like to register for this event, please fill out this Google Form, whether or not you plan on telling.

You can also email Allison (she/her/hers) at ALermanGluck@BarringtonStageCo.org with any questions.

If you would like assistance crafting your story, please reach out to Allison! Imperfection is also beautiful. This is a low stakes event.

Visit our Facebook Event page for more details.

PLAYWRIGHT MENTORING PROJECT (PMP)

PMP is an award-winning, intensive six-month out-of-school activity that uses theatre as a catalyst to help underserved youth learn valuable life skills and develop positive self-images.

YOUTH THEATRE

The Youth Theatre is designed to extend the professionalism of the Mainstage to local youth, ages 13-19. Under a professional director and choreographer, students mount a full-scale musical theatre production that is presented 7–8 times a week for a three-week run.

STUDENT MATINEES

During Fall productions, students are brought to special all-student matinees and invited to stay for a talkback with members of the creative team. The school administration and faculty are provided with a study guide that prepares students for the production which provides a springboard for teachers to build lesson plans tying their curriculum to the show.

KIDS ACT! & TEENSACT!

These theatre camps give students ages 4–14 the opportunity to create their own original theatre productions under the guidance of theatre artists. Students build confidence and self-esteem in a non-competitive environment. Camps are offered during the spring and summer breaks.

PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Administrative and production internships are available for undergraduate- and graduate-level students interested in pursuing careers in theatre.

MUSICAL THEATRE CONSERVATORY

An intensive 10-week pre-professional training program with classes, rehearsals and performances led by some of the most successful Broadway artists working today.