Mission: Stages theatre company (stc) is committed to the enrichment and education of children and youth in a professional theatre environment that stimulates artistic excellence and personal growth. (see schedule o for continuation of mission statement)
Programs: Theater productions: our annual season of plays inspires audiences with high quality productions of new work, popular musicals, and adaptations of beloved children's stories. Our productions feature youth performing with professional adult actors who serve as mentors. We engage some of this community's most respected theatre designers, playwrights, directors, and technical personnel in the creation of our plays, and we strive for the highest levels of quality in both process and product, placing equal value on the character development of youth through the creative process and the artistic excellence of the finished product presented to audiences. Youth participants develop life skills through their involvement and they also serve as role models for young audience members.
school based outreach: stc's collaborative approach with schools and school districts led to the design of effective arts integrated program models and standards-based theatre curricula. Stc strives to be regarded at the top of their field with regard to best practices and innovative delivery of programming. Arts integration in the classroom is based on evidence indicating that the arts aid in cognitive development and academic achievement. Stc's focus on arts and literacy school-based programming positions the organization to effectively address achievement gap and graduation rate issues in fundamental ways. Over 10,000 students throughout minnesota communities benefited from this programming.
education programs: our intensive conservatory program and creative workshops engage youth ages 4-18 in high quality theatre arts training programs. In addition to developing their creative abilities, students learn responsibility, self-discipline, perseverance, self-worth, and cooperation. The mentoring relationship between instructor and student provides a valuable learning opportunity for participants and the accompanying curriculum grounds their experience in direct relation to minnesota's graduation standards. Education program participants totaled approximately 12,600.
Stages Theatre company provides many different resources and opportunities for adults and youth to explore theatre and the impact in their lives. Their unique focus in page to stage production and education programs emphasizes reading and literature as an important part of a child's development. Their programs are designed well to allow youth who simply want to explore the theatre to give it a try and also allow students who want to pursue a career in the theatre opportunity for training and productions. Finally, their partnerships with various schools and school districts allow for school-day theatre programs for many school where the budget doesn't allow a theatre program, making theatre more accessible for all.