Welcome to Company One Theatre’s Education page. In all of our education programming we use theatre as a means toward liberated expression, self-confidence, and cultural awareness. As actors, producers, and educators, we are committed to teaching and exposing students to theatre as a means of inspiring creative thinkers, producing well-rounded individuals and a future generation of artists. Read more about each of our programs, below, or visit the Stage One Blog for regular updates about the students, artists, and educators in Stage One.
About Stage One
In 1999, Stage One, Company One Theatre’s education program, began a summer camp at an independent site in the Boston area. Two years later the summer program was invited to be a resident at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, where the curriculum began to evolve into a more intensive training. In 2006, Stage One took up its home at the Boston Center for the Arts where, along with Company One Theatre’s mainstage productions, it continues to thrive. Three years ago, Company One Theatre, in collaboration with the City of Boston and the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment, began its Apprenticeship Program, which works with Boston teens to offer positive, pre-professional work experience. Around the same time, the company introduced its Professional Development for Actors Class, which provides Boston actors with challenging character development, technique, and audition training. As part of Stage One: In-School, Company One Theatre has established teaching artist residencies within elementary, middle, and high school campuses in the Boston Public School system to introduce foundational elements of performing arts, theatre production, and artistic engagement to Boston’s youth. Our most recent addition to Stage One is the Curricular Connections program which provides resources for secondary and post-secondary school teachers, such as articles and lesson plans, that are thematically connected to the company’s mainstage productions.
We currently run four education programs: Stage One In-School, Professional Development for Actors, Apprenticeships, and Curricular Connections.
Company One Theatre brings theatre education residencies to the Boston Public Schools, designed to foster each young actor’s personal growth and theatrical development. Focusing on both writing and performance skills, Company One Theatre instructors are committed to teaching theatre as a process, leading the student-artist to develop his or her skills at his or her own rate, while deciding which techniques may best suit the individual.
Company One Theatre is offering both a summer and a school year intensive program designed to create a pre-professional company of artists. Participants will gain valuable experience working in various jobs in the theatre, and have the opportunity to be mentored by Company One’s professional production and artistic staff. In the Production Apprenticeship, there is a focus on community engagement and advocacy.
Company One Theatre is bringing their theatrical training to adults. Athletes go to the gym to stay in shape; this class is designed to offer a challenging work-out for actors perfecting their craft. Professional Development for Actors is 10 weeks of study with Company One Theatre’s high caliber instructors. The class culminates in a showcase.
Stage One: Curricular Connections
Our Curricular Connections packets provide resources for secondary and post-secondary school teachers, such as articles and lesson plans, that are thematically connected to the company’s mainstage productions. The contents of each packet are developed for students and teachers to explore the world of the production. Lesson plans are designed for flexibility to suit the needs of any classroom or ensemble while informing and guiding conversations that connect to the play.