Company One

Education + Outreach OverviewARTiculationStage One Summer Training

Did You Know?

  • Company One is a winner of the MCC Goldstar Award for excellence in educational programming
  • Company One is one of the only companies producing at the Boston Center for the Arts that offers an educational component to their programming.
  • Company One is constantly adding new elements to their educational outreach: Stage One was born with the company in 1999; ARTiculation came along in 2005; adult classes were added in 2009.

Stage One: Overview

Company One uses theatre as a means toward liberated expression, self-confidence and cultural awareness. As actors, producers, and educators, we are committed to teaching and exposing students to theatre and as a means of inspiring creative thinkers, producing well-rounded individuals and a future generation of artists.

In 1999, Stage One began its summer camp at an independent site in the Boston area. Two years later the summer program was invited to be a resident at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, where the curriculum began to evolve into the more intensive training that it is today. Three years ago, Stage One added a modest educational touring production to its roster of programs, which has been gaining recognition since that time. Our most recent addition to the programming is the Page to Stage program, bringing high and middle school students into our theatre for special matinee performances. We currently run four education programs: Stage One In-School, Professional Development for Actors, the Production Apprenticeship and the Professional Apprenticeship.

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.

Stage One: Professional Development for Actors Company One is bringing their theatrical training to adults. Athletes go to the gym to stay in shape. This class is designed to offer a challenging work out for actors perfecting their craft. Professional Development for Actors is 8 weeks of study with Company One's high caliber instructors. The class culminates in a showcase.

Stage One: Production Apprenticeship Company One is offering a new summer intensive program designed to create a pre-professional company of artists. Participants will not only train with Company One educators and create and perform their own performance pieces, but will also have the opportunity to observe, and be mentored by, Company One’s professional production staff.

Stage One: Professional Apprenticeship is a dynamic nine week theater intensive designed to give you the insight and hands-on experience you need to work in professional theater. Apprentices participate in the creation and production of an original play, performed by Company One’s Junior Apprentice Program for teens, and also have the opportunity to be mentored by Company One’s professional production staff for our summer production.