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KidsAct! & TeensAct!

Awaken your child’s imagination with a one-of-a-kind camp in the Berkshires.

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KIDSACT! for grades 2-5 (Ages 7-10)

Join Barrington Stage Company for an exciting theatre program for students ages 7-10. This 2 week theatre camp will focus on building acting and improvisation skills through fun theatre games, as well as the creation of an original play to be performed for parents and friends on the final day of the program.

Our performing arts intensive camps are a training ground for future performing arts professionals. Students learn all aspects of theatre and what it takes to create quality productions. KidsAct! has been bringing the professionalism of BSC to students in the Berkshires since 2004. Winner of the 2016 Gold Daisy Award for Best Drama/ Theater lessons in the Berkshires, by Macaroni Kid- Register for KidsAct! today and study with the best.

KidsAct! provides training in:

Acting * Improvisation * Character Development * Playwriting * Performance* Choreography

For information contact Jane O’Leary, Director of Education, at 413-997-6117 or education@barringtonstageco.org

TeensAct! for grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)

Our exciting new program designed for ages 11-14 focuses on building performance skills through coaching, and individualized attention. Each student will write and develop their own monologue which they will be able to use in auditions for productions in the Berkshires. For those interested in musical theatre we will help them select a song appropriate for auditions. At the end of the week, students will perform in a special performance at Barrington Stage Company.

TeensAct! provides training that prepares your child for professional auditions in the Berkshires. Training in the TeensAct! prepares students for our acclaimed Youth Theatre program. TeensAct! provides the professionalism of Barrington Stage for budding young performers!

Our performing arts intensive camps are a training ground for future performing arts professionals. Students learn all aspects of theatre and what it takes to create quality productions. KidsAct! has been bringing the professionalism of BSC to students in the Berkshires since 2004. Winner of the 2016 Gold Daisy Award for Best Drama/ Theater lessons in the Berkshires, by Macaroni Kid- Register today and study with the best.

TeensAct! provides training in:

Acting * Improvisation * Character Development * Playwriting * Performance* Choreography

For information contact Jane O’Leary, Director of Education, at 413-997-6117 or education@barringtonstageco.org

Jane O’Leary (Director of Education) joined Barrington Stage in September 2015 as the director of the Playwright Mentoring Project and KidsAct! programs. Prior to joining BSC, Jane earned her Masters in Applied Theatre at CUNY School of Professional Studies. Having studied Drama as an undergraduate at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jane studied at Stella Adler Studios as well as Playwrights Horizons. A member of Actor’s Equity, Jane has performed in many productions regionally and in NYC. A former teacher and director at Gotham City Improv, Jane has performed, produced and directed countless improv shows in NYC at Gotham City Improv, The Magnet, Upright Citizen’s Brigade and The PIT. Jane has presented at conferences at Williams College, Keane University and Baruch College. As a teaching artist Jane has worked with the Creative Arts Team (NY), Broadway Classroom (NY), NYC Children’s Theater (NY),  Mosholu Montefiore (Bronx) and JCC on the Palisades (NJ).

Michael Dowling (Associate Education Director) first came into BSC’s Education Department as a PMP playwright where he worked for many years with the youth from the community. Mike graduated from NYU where he studied with David Mamet and William H. Macy at The Atlantic Theater Company. After graduation, he returned to the Atlantic and was the associate producer for The New Works series where new short plays are written and produced for specific actors. As an educator Mike has taught The Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique at New York University, University of Albany, Simon’s Rock and youth theatre programs throughout the Berkshires. His writing has won awards at St. Louis Rep, Hampton’s Film Festival, LA International Film Festival, The Palm Beach Film Festival and The Austin Film Festival. He is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Playwriting Fellow.

Maisie Forland (Education Coordinator) became BSC’s Education Coordinator in October 2018 after graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she studied History and African-American studies. Prior to that, she interned with Enchanted Circle Theater as a Production Management Intern for their “Youth Truth” project, a program that helps at-risk teens express themselves through various creative art forms. She also worked as a youth mentor with the Transformative Culture Project of Holyoke, Massachusetts. As a mentor, she connected under-served youth with theatre and storytelling to help them convey their own narrative. Maisie is excited to work with BSC in positive youth development, trauma-informed education and further exploration of the intersection of youth, community and theatre.

Natalie Boles (Education Fellow) is a Massachusetts native and a recent graduate of Connecticut College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English. She aims to use theatre to teach life lessons that can then be brought into the real world to help younger people make a difference in the lives of those they interact with. She wants to give back to a community that has given her so much, as both a theatre-maker and person. While her main career goal is to continue to pursue full-time work in theatre education, her love of theatre started on the stage. Most recently, she had the great privilege of appearing on the B Street Theatre Mainstage as Christine Patterson in One Man, Two Guvnors. Her love of travel has led her to teach and work at theatres around the country and world, most recently the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, California, as well as Boston Children’s Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts and The Space Theatre in East London, UK. She is so excited to be working with Barrington Stage, and can’t wait to see what lies ahead!

Sam LaFrage (KidsAct! Lead Teacher) is the founder and Artistic Director of Ragtag Theatre Company. Winner of the Best Performing Arts Company (KidsPass Parent’s Choice Award), Ragtag Theatre Company is a group of diverse artists dedicated to creating fresh and inclusive theatre for families. Inspired by Commedia dell’Arte, their drag-infused “fractured fairytales” have been empowering and inspiring audiences of all ages. Their most recent production of Ragtag Theatre’s Cinderella just completed a three-week tour with Redhouse Arts Center after a sold-out limited engagement run which won the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show. Other past productions have been named “Best Holiday Show for NYC Kids” (Mommy Poppins) and “A Must-See” (Out Magazine). Both of his plays Rapunzel (OBA Nom Best Family Show) and Cinderella (OBA Winner Best Family Show) ran Off Broadway at the Soho Playhouse, McGinn/Cazle, and Theatre Row, NYC, and (so far) have been produced by 7 different companies in 4 different states.