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Charleston Stage has one of the oldest and largest arts education programs for young people in the region. Led by Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education, Sam Henderson, Resident Music Director and Director of Music Education, and Jesse Siak, Associate Director of Education, Charleston Stage's TheatreSchool classes are taught by seven full-time professional actors who make up Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company. These professional actors/educators introduce young people to the exciting world of the theatre. Students explore the craft of acting and learn the discipline of performing, as they develop their own unique creative voices. The goal of Charleston Stage’s acting classes is to provide young people with performance and creative thinking skills that will serve them in whatever profession they one day choose. Students develop poise, movement, speaking, and acting skills as they explore improvisation, theatre games, character development and the many skills of professional actors.

Questions About Classes? Please Contact Our Education Offices at (843) 225-3900 or Email Jesse Siak, Associate Director of Education, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

All Classes Take Place at Our West Ashley Theatre Center:

West Ashley Theatre Center
Ashley Landing
1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd Suite 11
Charleston, SC 29407

Education Office: 843.225.3900

 

***Click Here for Directions***    

 

Due to the current health emergency, we regret that we will NOT be offering classes for the Fall session September thru December. 
 

Troupe classes will continue online only for the Fall session. Unfortunately, due to the limited number of Education Faculty these classes are only available for students who auditioned and enrolled in April 2020.

 

       

 

Charleston Stage Young Performers Take Flight!  

Enjoy a special tribute to our 2020 TheatreWings High School Apprentices as they graduate from Charleston Stage's education programs and take flight. Seniors, thank you for your time, commitment, passion, kindness and, most importantly... your heart! 

 

TheatreWings High School Apprentice Program:

A Free Pre-Professional High School Students Grades 9-12

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***TheatreWings is still occuring for the 2020/2021 school year with some updated due to Covid. Check out the Tentative Schedules link to see the first semester schedule***

 

 

Why Do TheatreWings?
 
Charleston Stage TheatreWings High School Apprentice Program is designed to allow talented young people the opportunity to work directly with theatre professionals and gain first-hand experience in professional theatrical production. Students are given a sense of professionalism; the ability to follow through on commitments, plan time wisely and meet deadlines. As a result of their participation in the program, a number of TheatreWings apprentices have gone on to successful careers in various areas of theatre and have continued to pursue their interest and hone the valuable skills instilled through the program. This program is completely tuition free for eligible candidates.

Applications for the 2020/2021 Season are now being accepted! Click the following link! 2020/2021 TheatreWings Application

If you have any questions, please contact Jesse Siak, Associate Director of Education, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

TheatreWings Mission:

 
The mission of the Charleston Stage TheatreWings program is to provide local high school students with college/career training in the collaborative learning environment of theatre. TheatreWings students will work directly with theatre professionals and gain first-hand experience in professional theatrical preparation and production. Students will be given a sense of professionalism by demonstrating the ability to follow through on commitments, plan time wisely, and meet deadlines.

 

TheatreWings Vision:
 
The vision for Charleston Stage's TheatreWings program is to be the leading high school theatre training program in Charleston and South Carolina, engaging Lowcountry high school students through high quality theatre education, with top of the line artists, facilities, and educators.

Our Values include:

  • Teamwork
  • Excellence
  • Creativity
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation

 

Program Benefits

TheatreWings students...

• Interact with other talented young people from different schools and communities.

• Work closely with Charleston Stage professional actors and production staff.

• Receive hands-on-training comparable to many college-level programs in performance (acting, singing, dancing), set/costume design, props, theatrical painting, lighting, sound design/production, and
 stage management.

• Obtain professional theatrical experience working backstage for season shows.

• Get free tickets to Charleston Stage Company productions.

• Acquire community service credits and/or school-to-career credits.

• Have the opportunity to request letters of recommendation for college applications.

• Work in the Dock Street Theatre, Charleston's most historic and beautiful theatre venue.

• Audition for possible performance opportunities.

• Work on special topic/project opportunities.

 
Program Requirements

• 9th-12th grade student with a B average or higher.

• Personal interview with program leaders.

• Teacher recommendation.

• Attend Weekly Classes in his/her specific Concentration (Roughly 50-60 hours of class time). 

• Serve on AT LEAST one stage crew for the 2020-21 season (Roughly 50-65 hours of rehearsal and performance).

• Volunteer at least once in the Scene or Costume shops. 

• Attend AT LEAST 3 of the following TheatreWings functions in the season

  • Lock-in
  • Game night
  • Movie Night
  • Wings Appreciation night
  • Wings Days

Our Costume Shop is located at 1610 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Suite 202 (A) in West Ashley. Our Scene Shop is located at 1610 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Suite 104. The rehearsal space is our West Ashley Theatre Center at 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., and performances are at the Dock Street Theatre at 135 Church Street in beautiful, historic downtown Charleston.

 

For more information contact Jesse Siak, Associate Director of Education, at (843) 225-3900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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