Boston Theater Company's education program is grounded in approaching Shakespeare in new and innovative ways. Our program builds upon old notions of Shakespeare by exploring the unique perspective of the contemporary student. Our goal is for students to discover personal connections to Shakespeare that will spark a lasting interest in theater and classic works.
Our program revolves around the belief that theater and creative drama can unlock a child’s creativity, confidence, and penchant for collaboration. We design our programs to engage young people creatively, physically, and analytically, to challenge them to think in new ways, and to promote reflection about themselves, each other, and the world around them. By approaching classic stories and characters from the inside out, we create curricula that are appropriate for each age group, allowing them to develop understanding and to harness their potential for teamwork, play, and empathy.
Email Sophie Rich at Education@BostonTheater.org for more information.
In 2019, Boston Theater Company will be touring three professional Shakespeare shows to schools throughout Massachusetts. BTC provides all aspects of the production! We bring a cast of professional actors to your institution and we adapt to any size audience, from a large auditorium to a small classroom. All performances have a complimentary talk back session afterwards. Our touring productions are available February through May.
BTC will be touring our signature unique female-driven production of Hamlet. Our dynamic ensemble of professional actors retells this rich story with a new twist. A handful of the roles are reversed gender. We have carefully crafted this script to showcase powerful women while maintaining the show's original themes
BTC will be showcasing one of Shakespeare's classic laugh-out-loud comedies! Our team honors Shakespeare’s hilarious text while bringing a fresh, modern take to this beloved story
BTC will be performing Shakespeare's most iconic love story. Our modern adaption reduces the text while leaving the remaining words unaltered. This production will showcase the versatility of the timeless verse, which Shakespeare wrote at the age of 25, in a fresh and fun way.
An upbeat introduction to theatre through the works of Shakespeare! Students will learn about sound, movement, and characterization and apply these new tools to create a tempest of their own right in their classroom using only their bodies, voices, and imaginations! This workshop makes Shakespeare’s stories and text exciting, accessible, and understandable to younger students. Perfect for your classroom or theatre space.
Recommended for groups of 12-15. GRADES 1-6
This workshop is designed to get the students on their feet, experiencing the text through the eyes of the characters. We begin with movement and ensemble work, which guide the students towards getting the characters in their body, and then segue into detailed text analysis of a certain scene or passage -- of your choosing! -- with an eye towards the characters' objectives and given circumstances. We then work together to develop an ensemble approach to the scene that physicalizes the characters' journey through that scene. This process-oriented approach allows an inside-out look at Shakespeare's language and encourages a collaborative artistic look at his stories.
Requires room to move, recommended for groups of 10-20. GRADES 7-12
This workshop offers students the opportunity to develop their own 'concept' for the performance of a Shakespeare text, taking on the different perspectives of the actor, the director, and the designer. Ensemble exercises will help guide the students to a deep understanding of the chosen piece of text; then, each small group of students will determine the theme or idea they believe is at the core of the text. The teams will collaborate to 'produce' the scene in a unique way that brings their chosen theme to life! Students will discover how to enact and reflect on the type of theatrical choices that the members of a production team make to illuminate the themes of the work.
Recommended for groups of 12-25. GRADES 7-12
We currently offer our grades 7-12 workshops focusing on the following works: Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Twelfth Night
Don’t see your favorite work? Talk to us about developing a workshop for another script! Our workshops are available in 60-, 90-, or 120-minute formats. For more information about bringing Boston Theater Company to your school or institution, contact Sophie at Education@BostonTheaterCompany.org.
Teen Touring Troupe
Teen Touring Troupe
Boston Theater Company’s Teen Touring Troupe is an exciting opportunity for young, committed actors in grades 7-12 to sharpen their performance skills, gain professional touring experience, and grow in a supportive ensemble. Actors will work intensively with director/teaching-artist Sophie Rich on the performance of a Shakespeare play, and will also have the opportunity to learn from other Boston-area professionals in master classes. Throughout our process, we will focus on creating and sustaining a nuanced character, analyzing text, activating the body and the voice, and collaborating as a team both on- and off-stage. We will tour our production to 6 locations all around the Boston area, from schools and libraries to parks and community centers!
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Sophie Rich
Step right up! Join ringmaster Duncan, the daring trapeze artists Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and more, under a big top full of magic and mystery: the Scotland Circus. Boston Theater Company’s Teen Touring Troupe, featuring actors in grades 8-12, brings Shakespeare’s classic tale of ambition, power, and destiny to the stage in a new and innovative setting. When a trio of otherworldly witches inform Macbeth of a prophecy that he will rise to glory, is it within his power to make it come true? Or to stop it? Recommended for ages 10 and up. Approximate run time is 1 hour.
Free Public Performances
Friday May 3rd, 7:00 PM -- First Church in Boston
Saturday May 4th, 2:00 PM -- Belmont Public Library
Sunday May 5th, 2:00 PM -- Public Library of Brookline
Friday May 10th, 7:00 PM -- Arts at the Armory, Somerville
For more information, email Education@BostonTheater.org