by Dat Ngo
What is the purpose of an education department at a not-for-profit theatre?
a. Foster the next generation of theatre audiences, artists and professionals
b. Engage audiences in meaningful dialogue and experiences with mainstage artists, scholars and educators
c. Provide young artists with an outlet for creative exploration and expression
d. All of the above
If you’re the Education Department of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, it’s all of the above and much more.
Participants rave about the caliber of artists and scholars who form the backbone of STC’s education programs. Under the leadership of STC’s new director of education, Samantha K. Wyer, we will continue to offer and expand a variety of programs that best serve participants’ interests, needs and goals.
“We hope to expand the opportunities to deepen our audiences’ connection to the work on our stages as well as continue to provide a bridge to the incredibly bold classics with new audiences,” says Chris Jennings, managing director.
Whether you’re a theatre enthusiast or a practicing theatre artist, a business professional or high school sophomore, there will always be a program for you at Shakespeare Theatre Company.
“The greater D.C. area needs to know the full range of classes that are available to them here at STC,” says Andrew Long, a veteran of STC’s mainstage and an affiliated teaching artist since 1999.
Seeking to make Shakespeare and classical theatre exciting both on and off the stage, STC has developed over the years more than a dozen educational programs to reach an ever-expanding base of diverse constituents with a vast array of needs. Serving thousands of participants annually, these programs include: