Education Programs

Education Programs

At SpeakEasy, we believe theatre is an essential part of growth and development; in fact, a core part of SpeakEasy’s mission is championing future arts leaders. For over a decade, we have done so through our Fellowship and Internship Programs, in which we train young artists and arts administrators in the operations of professional theatre.

For information about current pre-professional opportunities and to apply to be a part of SpeakEasy Stage, please visit our About page.

We also serve hundreds of local students annually, bringing in school groups from across Greater Boston to attend our productions with our Student Matinee Series.

SpeakEasy is dedicated to furthering educational opportunities throughout the city, including through community collaborations, like our Partnership with the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.  

Finally, throughout 2020 and 2021, SpeakEasy offered a virtual professional development series called SpeakEasy University. Hosted on Zoom, each eight-week semester covered all the ins and outs of the theatre industry and featured professionals from throughout the city presenting alongside SpeakEasy staff. Even when unable to train aspiring theatre professionals in person, SpeakEasy is committed to education and personal development. 

For questions about SpeakEasy’s education initiatives and ways to get involved, please contact Community Programs & Events Manager Alex Lonati


STUDENT MATINEES

At SpeakEasy, we believe that the arts are for everyone. We produce relevant and bold theatre that has the power to educate and inspire our audiences – and student audiences are no exception.

Through our Student Matinee Series, we bring students of all income levels throughout the Boston area to our award-winning productions, supplementing their experience with pre-show study guides and post-show, moderated conversations with the artists.

Since the program’s inception in 2013, we have served over 4,000 students from Boston area schools, many of whom attend at no cost, thanks to our generous community partners – Office of MassHousing and Berkshire Bank. 

We have offered student matinee performances for the following productions: 

  • Choir Boy (2019)
  • School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (2019)
  • Fun Home (2018)
  • Allegiance (2018)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (2017)
  • The Scottsboro Boys (2016)
  • Violet (2016)
  • Big Fish (2015)
  • The Color Purple (2014)
  • In the Heights (2013)

More information about our 2021-2022 Student Matinee Series offerings coming soon. 

SpeakEasy’s Student Matinee Series is funded, in part, by MassHousing.

If you are interested in bringing a group to a specially scheduled student matinee performance, please email Community Programs & Events Manager Alex Lonati

If you are interested in making a contribution in support of our Student Matinee Series, and enriching the lives of students otherwise unable to attend live theatre, please contact our Director of Development Cathi Ianno

Partnership with Boston Conservatory

After years of unofficial mentorship and collaboration, SpeakEasy Stage Company and Boston Conservatory at Berklee officially formed a partnership in spring 2020. The partnership solidifies a long creative relationship between the two organizations, with scores of Boston Conservatory students, faculty, and alumni contributing to SpeakEasy productions since the company’s founding in 1992. 

Aimed at deepening our impact on Boston’s academic scene and furthering our commitment to fostering the talent of emerging artists, the partnership formally allows for educational and professional experience for Conservatory students, including internships, workshops, discounted tickets, and opportunities to audition for SpeakEasy productions. 

Bridgette Hayes, Scott Edmiston, Cathy Young, Alex Lonati, Paul Daigneault, and Kimberly Haack

“As producing artistic director for SpeakEasy Stage Company and professor of theater at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, I am overjoyed to see these two worlds join together in an artistic alliance,” said Paul Daigneault, SpeakEasy’s Founder and Producing Artistic Director, “The Conservatory cultivates the future of theatre right here in Boston, while SpeakEasy is a home to some of the country’s most boundary-pushing and innovative productions. This partnership is a valuable and important one for our city, and I look forward to the tremendous results to come.”   

For more information on this partnership, please contact Community Programs Manager Alex Lonati at alexlonati@speakeasystage.com

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