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Education


Education

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Education


Education

Education Mission:
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.

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Professional Tour


Professional Tour

Professional Tour


Professional Tour

PROFESSIONAL TOURING PRODUCTIONS

In 2018, Boston Theater Company will be touring two 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 talkback session afterwards. Our touring productions are available in February and April.

Hamlet

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

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

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

This modern approach deeply engaged Shore’s Upper Schoolers... The talented professional actors breathed life into the tragedy with contemporary clothing, minimalist staging, and frequent role-switching. The cast delighted the audience when two students were called up on stage to take part in Hamlet’s play-within-a-play. Impassioned, emotional performances ending with the climactic death scene at the end of the drama made this Hamlet a wonderful experience for Shore students and faculty alike.
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Workshops


In-School workshops

Workshops


In-School workshops

We’ve Got The Billy Shakes:

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

Step Into Shakespeare:

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

All The World's A Stage:

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

Workshop in progress!
The talented presenters of the Boston Theater Company deepened our students’ understanding of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in a way that was rich and lasting. Sophie and her team challenged our students to make inferences about the characters’ motivations. The team also used a variety of active learning strategies to help our students build multiple pathways to their long term memories. Our students learned valuable lessons about the play, and they had fun.
— Dr. Philip Struzziero, Hingham High School

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.

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Teen Touring Troupe


Teen Touring Troupe

Teen Touring Troupe


Teen Touring Troupe

Rehearsal

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!

Announcing Teen Touring Troupe 2018:

Love's Labor's Lost

 

Auditions can be scheduled through the month of December. To schedule a ten-minute audition slot, or with any questions, email Education Director Sophie Rich at education@bostontheater.org. For the audition, we would like you to bring in… 

- A headshot or snapshot and resume

- A memorized 1-2 minute monologue from a play

- A Shakespeare sonnet, which will be sent to you upon scheduling an audition

- Be prepared to take direction and have fun!

Tuition for TTT is $400 per student. Scholarships available! We will never deny a student an educational opportunity because of concerns around tuition.

Rehearses at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street, Thursdays from 4-7 PM starting March 1st 2018. Tours during the first two weekends in May to six locations all around the Boston area, from schools and libraries to Boys and Girls Clubs and community centers!