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Village Theatre Institute

About Institute:

Village Theatre Institute is a school-year musical theatre training and exploration program for emerging artists in 5th grade to age 20. This dynamic program is for students interested in training for a future in musical theatre performance and those excited to explore the artform and its many facets. We support individual needs while continuing our anti-racist journey with the focus of creating a community of belonging. “Skills for theatre…skills for life!”. Entry is by audition and/or interview.

Village Theatre Institute is inspired by and rooted in a global array of theatre and performance influences. We value our student’s culture and will embed their stories into the fabric of our program. Institute provides a well-rounded arts education as students learn from the artistic and production side of theatre, as well as the performative. We meet students where they are and help them achieve their artistic goals in all aspects of theatre. Students will learn how to build a safe and brave community and create friendships that will last a lifetime.

 

Comprehensive Approach:

  • Students are placed according to skill level, age, and personal goals.
  • Career Track available for students looking to work professionally. Entry through audition and interview.
  • Train in and explore a wide variety of performance genres and expand awareness of all aspects of theatre.
  • Designed to provide a continuum of performance and theatre making skills, each building upon the next. Each year and semester offer a different focus.
  • Discover and make connections with storytelling and human expression across history and the globe.
  • Learn and explore writing, directing, music directing, choreography, and more.

Students Will:

  • Cultivate a unique artistic voice.
  • Create friendships and a strong community of belonging.
  • Connect with professionals in the industry.
  • Explore arts organizations and educational institutions through Offsite Career Connections.
  • Expand skills and increase confidence in the audition room, the classroom, in interviews, and on the job.
  • Develop skills for future career opportunities: collaboration, cultural competency, self-advocacy, public speaking, empathy, and community building.

Auditions & Applications

Village Theatre Institute classes meet September–May from approximately 4:00–9:00pm. Students are placed on one night of programming and grades can vary each year.

ISSAQUAH

  • Mondays (grade 9–age 20)
  • Tuesdays (grades 7–9)
  • Thursdays (grades 5–9)

EVERETT

  • Mondays (grade 8–age 20)
  • Tuesdays (grades 6-12)
  • Wednesdays (grades 5-12)
Contact Us

KIDSTAGE Registration & General Inquiries
(425) 392-1942
kidstage@villagetheatre.org

Questions about KIDSTAGE Productions
(425) 392-1942 x228
KIDSTAGEproductions@villagetheatre.org

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Skills for Theatre… Skills for Life

KIDSTAGE MISSION:

To provide a personal development program for young people which uses theatre arts:

  • To teach creativity and responsibility
  • To encourage teamwork and personal integrity
  • To foster self-esteem and appreciation for live theatre

KIDSTAGE BELIEVES:

Everyone benefits from an inclusive, multi-cultural environment of students, staff and programming. We welcome people of every ethnicity, race, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, income and ability.

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