Stage One uses theatre in the classroom to support young people in the process of becoming changemakers who practice active and responsible citizenship: a skill set that will serve the student, their communities, and ultimately, all of us.

In service of Company One Theatre’s mission to build community at the intersection of art and social change, C1’s Stage One programming focuses on developing authentic relationships with, and among, young people and early career artists, fostering a sense of belonging where they are encouraged to access their voices and express themselves.

Scroll down to learn more about our In-School Residencies, Professional Development for Actors, Professional Development for Educators, and our series of C1 Digital Productions and Learning Experiences.

Interested in bringing a Stage One residency to your school? Reach out to Mark VanDerzee, Education Director, at


Stage One In School residencies put trained teaching artists into the classrooms of Boston Public Schools. Using improvisation and group-based projects chosen and motivated by the class, students learn the tools needed for not only civic engagement, but interpersonal skill building and creative problem solving.

Since 2009, C1’s Stage One In-School residencies have focused on schools that have limited access to arts education due to budget, resource constraints, or structure. We work with each school partner to create a program that fits their unique needs and financial position, allowing the program to grow over time as the school becomes able to build it into its overall budget planning. The program strengthens students’ authority, voice, and point of view, while developing young artists into the next generation of changemakers.

We offer both theatre electives and theatre integration into ELL/ESL, ELA, and Humanities classes.

See full list of partner schools

Boston Adult Technical Academy

Boston Community Leadership Academy

Boston Latin Academy

Burke High School

Brighton High School

Fenway High School

Greater Egleston High School

Josiah Quincy Upper School



The Professional Development for Actors course provides a low cost alternative to expensive theatre courses offered by higher education institutions. Stage One aims to bridge the wealth gap often associated with training in the arts as we believe that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to gain the skills needed to work in theatre.

Instructor Josh Glenn-Kayden describes the program as “an opportunity for actors to grow both as performers and culturally conscious theatermakers within a supportive artistic community.” Performers will hone their craft through in-depth character script analysis and monologue work, preparing them for future auditions and roles. Performers will also explore their individual responsibility towards equity and social justice as theatre practitioners, an avenue of study not often found in college courses and programming.


The Professional Development for Educators program originated from Company One’s history of providing robust professional development for our teaching artists. Now, the program has evolved into development opportunities focused on the teachers’ role in creating activism centered lesson plans. Mission driven educators will use theatre integration strategies to cultivate community in their classrooms. By integrating theatre into ESL/ELA/Humanities curriculum, Professional Development for Educators aims to place teaching artists in classrooms where they can have the greatest impact on student’s growth and development.

C1 Digital Productions and Learning Experiences

The continued relevance of Hype Man by Idris Goodwin led to the creation of a filmed, digital experience for high school students, the first in a series that now includes Inda Craig-Galvan’s Black Super Hero Magic Mama and Francisca Da Silveira’s can i touch it?. With the aim of catalyzing important conversations around identity, privilege, and racism, C1 Digital Productions and Learning Experiences are the first in a planned series of teaching tools we are working to make available for teachers to bring into their own classrooms across Boston.

And, while the filmed performances are digital, the experience isn’t. It’s a classroom oriented discussion built around the continued importance of the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing need for systemic change.


Our teaching artists bring cultural responsiveness and years of experience to the classrooms of our partner schools. Their ability to adapt to the needs of each class is key to the success of our programs. Through an emphasis on communication, collaboration, and flexibility, these artists are vital additions to any school’s arts programming.

Annalise Guidry
In-School Teaching Artist

Dev Luthra
In-School Teaching Artist

James Milord
In-School Teaching Artist

Joye Prince
In-School Teaching Artist

Vincent Siders
In-School Teaching Artist

Kayla Tomas
In-School Teaching Artist

Josh Glenn-Kayden
PDA Teaching Artist

Regine Vital
PDA Teaching Artist


Dev Luthra he/him
Dev Luthra trained at East 15 Acting School, London, England and at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA.  Acting credits include Sorin/Seagull and Attorney/The Gaaga at Arlekin Players; Iago/Othello  at Dreamrole Players (EPC production); Antigonus, Old Shepherd, Bottom/The Winter’s Tale and Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bay Colony Shakespeare Company, Dance Teacher Pat/Dance Nation, Father/Brilliant Adventures and Azdak/Caucasian Chalk Circle (Apollinaire Theatre Company), Mr. Biedermann/Firebugs (Huellas Vivas), Orsino/Twelfth Night (Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival) Northumberland/Henry IV, parts 1 & 2 (Actors Shakespeare Project), M. le Comte/N. Bonaparte (Pilgrim Theatre), Leonato/Much Ado About Nothing (Public Theatre) Worcester/1 Henry IV (Palace Theatre).  Dev teaches at Wheelock Family Theatre and Company One. His courses focus on Shakespeare, devised theatre, acting, and playwrighting. He also offers residencies at schools throughout the area. He has taught acting, movement, dramatic literature and poetry at Boston College and Emerson College and at Boston University’s Prison Education Program. Dev served as the Artistic Director of And Still We Rise Productions, a theatre company committed to the advocacy of the rights of people impacted by the prison system. Macbeth’s Children, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, co-written with Michael Bettencourt, won an AATE New Play award. His play Secret Asian Man is a piece focusing on the experience of being raised in two cultures. Of Anglo-Indian parentage, he has lived and worked in the Northeast since 1978.

James Milord he/him
James Ricardo Milord is a Boston native Haitian-American actor. He earned a Norton nomination for Best Actor in his lead performance of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Huntington Theatre) in 2023. He also appeared in the premier of K-I-S-S-I-N-G (Huntington Theater). The previous year he was seen in Common Ground Revisited (Huntington Theatre), while completing productions of Paradise Blue (Gloucester Stage) and the premier of Young Nerds of Color (Central Square Theatre). Prior to the pandemic, Mr. Milord was seen in Pipeline (WAM, Front Porch, & Central Sq. Theatre). Other credits include A Christmas Carol (Underground Railway), The Handmaid’s Tale (Boston Lyric Opera), The Agitators and Cyrano (Gloucester Stage), Anna Christie and Barbecue (Lyric Stage), Akeelah and the Bee (Wheelock Family Theatre), The Good Negro, Splendor, and The Brothers Size Trilogy, (Company One). Film credits include Salem’s Lot (Warner Bros. Pictures), Honest Thief (Solution Entertainment Group), Proud Mary (Screen Gems), The Brotherhood (Showtime), and a multitude of indies.

Joye Prince she/her
Joye Prince is a multi-hyphenate theatre artist and educator. In addition to her work with Company One, she is a Cutler Creative Producing Fellow at ArtsEmerson and is pursuing her master’s degree at Emerson College. Joye’s artistic and teaching methodologies are primarily rooted in Viewpoints Technique, Theatre of the Oppressed, and Drama-Based Pedagogy. Her primarily area of research and practice is in devising original theatre with high school aged youth. 

Vincent Siders he/him
Vincent Ernest Siders is a stage director, equity actor, producer, educator, and consultant. Currently he is the Director and Lead Instructor for the ‘Ambassadors’, the touring division of Youth Underground at Central Square Theater. Vincent has served as Artistic Director for two theater Companies, both in Boston: New African Company and TYG Productions -home of the Family Beef Feast Festival. Vincent has worked as director and theater educator for a number of theaters and institutions of learning including: Huntington Theater, Central Square Theater, Hibernian Hall Boston, Boston Playwrights Theater, Boston University, Emerson College, New African Company, Dance Theater Complex, Upward Bound and Boston Public Schools. As an actor, Vincent has performed throughout the East Coast. Memorable roles include but not limited to: King Shahrayar in “Arabian Nights” and Uncle Diva in “Mr g” both at Central Square Theater; Joe Bell in “Guided Tour” at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury; Tom in “The Glass Menagerie at Lyric Stage; Friar Francis in “Much Ado About Nothing” with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; Lucius in “Jesus Hopped the A Train” with Company One; Rooftop in “Our Lady of 121st Street” with SpeakEasy Stage Company; and James in “Monticel” at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, where he played the role of Thomas Jefferson’s unclaimed son. Dubbed ‘a Boston Treasure’ by The Boston Globe, Vincent has received: two IRNE nominations for Best Direction, two IRNE Awards for Acting, the Elliot Norton Award for Best Actor, and Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston Award for best Actor.

Click here to read Vincent’s Teaching Artist Recipe: Vincent’s Mo’ Better Drama Smoothie

Kayla Tomas she/her
Kayla Tomas is a Boston-based artist, educator, and dramaturg. Currently, she serves as the Educational Programs Coordinator at NEMPAC, a non-profit community music school, as well as the Community Engagement Projects Specialist at ArtsEmerson. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Florida State University and is a current M.F.A. Candidate in Theatre Education/Applied Theatre at Emerson College. Her research and artistic focus advocates for the curricular nature of theatre in schools and communities and reimagining the ways that theatre can be used as a gateway to connect, inform and spread joy.

Josh Glenn-Kayden he/him
Josh Glenn-Kayden is a Boston-based director and the Artistic Producer and Casting Director at Company One Theatre. Josh’s work centers around new plays that help us dream our culture forward and imagine ways to create a more just world together. Josh will be directing the world premiere of Shrike by Erin Lerch with Fresh Ink Theatre in January 2022. Recent directing projects include Wild Flowers by Tatiana Isabel Gil (Company One Better Future series), Visionary Futures: Science Fiction Theatre for Social Justice Movements (consisting of new plays by Phaedra Michelle Scott, M Sloth Levine, and Jaymes Sanchez) at UMass Amherst, Baltimore by Kirsten Greenidge (UMass Amherst), workshops of Walden by Amy Berryman and The Interrobangers by M Sloth Levine (UMass Play Lab), Greater Good by Kirsten Greenidge (A.R.T. & Company One world premiere, associate director), the world premiere of This Place/Displaced (Artists’ Theater of Boston, ArtsFuse Best Stage Productions of 2018), the New England premiere of Nicky Silver’s The Lyons (Titanic Theatre), and the world premiere of Laura Neill’s Don’t Give Up the Ship (Fresh Ink Theatre). Josh is also the director and co-producer of The Legion Tapes, a sci-fi podcast written by Erin Lerch. Josh has directed and developed new work for the A.R.T., Company One Theatre, Fresh Ink Theatre, Flat Earth Theatre, Artists’ Theater of Boston, the Museum of Science, UMass Amherst, Hub Theatre, the One Minute Play Festival, and TC Squared Theatre Company, among others. Josh holds a BA in Drama from Tufts University and an MFA in Directing from UMass Amherst.

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.

In 2012, Company One Theatre, in collaboration with the City of Boston and the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment, began its Apprentice 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.