About the Grades 6 to 8 Programs

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Developing artists will build upon foundational actor’s tools and explore storytelling through different genres: ensemble acting, musical theatre, and more! With a rich variety of course offerings students can deepen their skills while stretching themselves to try new artistic approaches, developing their own unique voice and style.

If you have questions about whether a program is the right match for your child or if your child needs accommodations to access any of our programming, please reach out to Jeri Hammond, Director of Education, at jerih@bu.edu


Saturday Classes

Virtual Summer Programs


These two-week offerings for provide an opportunity for middle school students to take a deep dive into a theatre arts area and stay awhile.  Specifically designed for virtual learning, these collaborative ensemble based classes invite students to bring themselves, their identities & experiences, to participate in a one of a kind creative experience. Pack a bag, you’re sure to go on the journey of a lifetime! Please note, grades refer to placement in fall 2021.

Mythmakers: Improv Your Own Adventure

Students will create an original mythology-themed adventure together. Using improv exercises and open scenes to create characters and short scenes, students will work in small groups to create scenarios for other groups to work through. Together we will build a tale of mythic proportions.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Taught by: Jen Alison Lewis
Tuition: $180
Monday, July 19 - Friday July 23 9:00am to 11:00am

To Jumanji & Beyond: Journey into the Game

Calling all game lovers! In this class, games come to life. Inspired by the world of Jumanji, originally written as a book by Chris Van Allsburg, students will create their own unique board game which they will then bring to life through live action role playing, character creation, improvisation and scene-making. This experience gives new meaning to the phrase, “It’s only a game”!
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Taught by: Sophie Rich
Tuition: $180
Monday, July 26 - Friday, July 30 9:00am to 11:00am

Do- Re- Mi: The Journey of a Song

This songwriting class will give young lyricists the chance to tell a story through song. How do songs tell you what a character is thinking and feeling? Can one song be told from different character’s perspectives? Using Soundtrap, a collaborative songwriting software, songwriters will put their ideas to music!
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Taught by: Steve Bergman
Tuition: $180
Monday, July 26 - Friday, July 30 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Create a Character: Physical Comedy

What makes something funny? This class will explore the cultural roots of physical theatre from around the world, including mask and movement, object manipulation and trickster and wise fool traditions. Pratfall skills will be introduced as students learn about action, reaction,and cover. Students will have the opportunity to create their own "bit" with movements designed to help express character(s) and tell their story.
Grades: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade | Taught by: Diamond Family Circus
Tuition: $180
Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 6 9:00am to 11:00am

From Concept to Design: A Theatre Design Project

In this theatre design project, students will learn how to take a text and a concept and bring the world of a play to life through scenic, costume, sound, lighting and make-up design. Students will have workshops in design and then apply those principles to creating designs for a selected play. Students will unpack the play for acting themes and design challenges. The class will culminate in a virtual design portfolio sharing and artist statement from each designer. So much artistry happens behind the scenes to bring a play to life. This class pulls back the curtain.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade |
Tuition: $525
Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 13 (Two-week Program) 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Create a Character: Exploring through Song

Students will discover and explore the journey a character makes from the beginning of a song to its final notes. In this introduction to song interpretation, students will learn how to use their voices to tell a character’s journey. The class will ask the question: How does a performer change as they discover a character through song? Using the Acapella app, students will create original vocal performances that celebrate the journey of a song.
Grades: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade | Taught by: Alisa Cassola
Tuition: $180
Monday, August 9 - Friday, August 13 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Multi-Week Performance Classes

Our multi-week virtual performance-based programs are perfect for the young theatre artist looking to create characters and bring to life imagined worlds with a final show as the end result. Building on our processed oriented programs, these classes challenge students to continue to sharpen their actors’ tools while  working as an ensemble to create a virtual production for friends and families. All programs are first-come first serve and while previous performance experience is not required it is highly encouraged. 

Meet Mainstage Instructors Dwayne P. Mitchell & Nathan Urdangen!

Semi Private Coaching

Are you looking to take your singing or acting to the next level? In our NEW semi-private coaching, students will work in small groups of 2 to 3 with professional voice and acting coaches to develop their skills and learn to maximize their instruments of body and voice. Spots are limited and are first-come first-serve. 

  • Students will be paired with a teacher and in small groups based on their grade and previous experience. 
  • All lessons last an hour.
  • 6 – week sessions
    • Session I (Week of 1/18 – 2/22)
    • Session I (Week of  3/1 –  4/5)
    • Session III (Week of  4/26 – 5/17)
  • Lessons are scheduled based on the teacher and students availability.

February Vacation Programs

A week of creative role playing, where students use their imaginations and actor’s tools to solve a mystery before the week is up. A mix of both asynchronous and synchronous learning, students will spend the morning on their own in creative exploration – using that day’s clue and pre-recorded video messages to guide them through their adventure. In the afternoon students login and work collaboratively as an ensemble to further develop their theories on “Who Dunnit?” through creative play and acting techniques. 

To further inspire the week’s adventure, each student will receive their personal Mystery Box in the mail, containing detailed instructions, key clues, and other important items necessary to a fun and creative week of sleuthing. 


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