Company One

Education + Outreach Overview
Stage One: In School

"This class was wonderful.  I learned I can write my own play, and it's fun.  I learned to speak loud in front of an audience.  Working with others helped me be more kind and feel successful."

- Maria, ESL student, BATA

Stage One: In-School is an in school theatre education residency designed to foster each young actor’s personal growth and theatrical development. Focusing on both writing and performance skills, Company One instructors are committed to teaching theatre as a process, leading the student-artist to develop his or her skills at their own rate, while deciding which techniques may best suit the individual. The curriculum embraces the BPS Theatre curriculum “Critical Learning Topics” of:

  • performing and presenting
  • creating and improvising
  • listening and viewing – encompassing discriminating, analyzing, critiquing,
  • thinking, reflecting and judging
  • artistic literacy - enabling a student to use the symbol system of the discipline and the technology that promotes learning and research
  • relationships - unifying themes of style, form and context
  • context - understanding the historical, cultural, and community-based context
  • value of the arts - understanding arts in one's own life and in the improvement of society

Students will learn acting techniques while also working on self-written individual and group scenes and scripts, embracing the tenets laid out in the Boston Public School Arts Framework.  The program culminates in a school wide workshop performance where participants will perform a play of their own creation.

This year, we are working with four Boston Public Schools: Boston Adult Technical Academy (BATA), Fenway High School, Jeremiah E. Burke High School and Urban Science Academy (USA).