STC is committed to the enrichment & education of children & youth in a professional theatre environment that stimulates artistic excellence

Founded in 1984, Stages Theatre Company (STC) is recognized as a leader in theatre production and education for children and youth. STC is committed to the enrichment and education of children and youth in a professional theatre environment that stimulates artistic excellence and personal growth. We offer a wide range of programs in the pursuit of our mission. Through our endeavors we aim to foster an appreciation of the arts, remain accessible to diverse populations, and realize the intrinsic value the arts have to offer to a child’s well-being and development.

The following operating values guide us in the fulfillment of our mission: Integrity, we sustain the highest level of integrity as individuals and as an organization; Accessibility, we strive to overcome barriers that block points of entry into our program; Innovation, we embrace a continual process of renewal and experimentation in theatre and arts education; Collaboration, we foster collaboration among professional artists and youth to create exceptional theatre; Entertainment, we maintain a commitment to entertain our audience in diverse ways; Challenge, we design programs that inspire students, artists, and audiences; Stability, we ensure organizational stability through fiscal responsibility, long range planning, and assessment and retention of quality professional staff.

We serve over 130,000 individuals annually through our production, training and in-school outreach programs, and we believe it is important that all children, regardless of ability to pay, have the opportunity to participate in our programs and reap the personal and educational benefits the arts have to offer. The primary way we insure accessibility is through the Open Door Program. The goal of STC’s Open Door program is to eliminate the barriers that prevent some children, youth and families from participating in STC’s production and education programming. To achieve this goal, the Open Door program provides (1) free tickets to our productions and need-based tuition assistance to our workshops and conservatory program for low-income families; (2) free tickets to social service agencies, schools, and other organizations serving low-income youth and families; and (3) developing programs to make our services accessible to people of all abilities. This includes open-captioned performances for deaf and hard of hearing patrons and CAST classes and sensory-friendly performances for youth on the autism spectrum.

Through the implementation of our youth-focused mission we provide this community’s young people with positive experiences that help shape their lives and their ability to develop into contributing citizens and future community leaders. Gifts to STC’s annual fund play a vital role in making it possible for us to sustain and grow our programming while remaining affordable and accessible.

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