A Versatile School-Year Acting Intensive Training Program
The Village Theatre Institute is a versatile school-year musical theatre training program for Grades 5-Age 20, designed for disciplined students ready to strengthen their theatre and life skills. The program is open by audition for students who are ready to study, train, and perform at an advanced level. In the Institute program, students enroll for three consecutive sessions of classes from September until May. Class offerings include acting, singing, and dance. Institute will help develop the self-discipline required for a professional career in theatre or any other vocation. Every aspect of this program is taught by some of the region’s finest teaching artists, directors, choreographers, music directors, and musical theatre writers and composers. Institute students who meet casting requirements for certain Mainstage and/or Beta Series productions may occasionally receive special attention for performance intern opportunities.
Foundation classes will include Acting, Singing, and Dance. Students will be placed in either the high school or middle school section.
Foundation classes meet September-May from approximately 4:00pm-9:00pm on Mondays or Tuesdays.
- “Institute is the highlight of my week!” Institute Student
- “I love it so much! Everyone values you and accepts you for your weird, quirky self.” Institute Student
- “Great staff and teachers… very engaged and responsive… extensive experience and professionalism.” Institute Parent
- “We love the connection to such an outstanding regional (and national!) theatre program.” Institute Parent
The tuition includes all three Monday or Tuesday Institute Foundation classes. A monthly tuition payment plan is available. Tuition is required for the duration of the school year program, regardless of a student’s attendance. Participation in KIDSTAGE school-year productions are encouraged but optional and have a separate tuition. Institute students receive a discounted tuition on productions.
Scholarships and Work Exchange are available for those who qualify on a limited basis. Financial need will not be a barrier to participate.
Skills for Theatre… Skills for Life
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
Village Theatre KIDSTAGE believes that 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.