A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
As the crisp winter weather begins, we finally have a chance to reflect on the first year of the new education program. Our first year was an amazing opportunity to welcome students to NSMT and we look forward to continuing to offer students the opportunity to grow as theatre artists in the coming year.
As a longtime theatre educator, I am still amazed at the moment a student realizes that theatre is not just entertainment, but a way to explore and build upon those skills necessary for them to be better citizens in the world. Without forcing, theatre opens our hearts and minds to various concepts and emotions, helping us to think critically about the work we do in class and how it can be applied in the outside world. It naturally strengthens a student’s collaboration skills, while helping them build empathy for those around them. As many of us have said, theatre is rehearsal for life.
There were plenty of these moments in 2017. Whether it was a class demonstration that sparked a thoughtful conversation between the adults and students or a student, who has never sung before, singing for the first time in front of a large crowd, these are the moments that we love at NSMT.
Our 2018 Education Program is full of classes for those who are just beginning in theatre, or for those who have experience already. We begin our winter session with Improv for the Stage for ages 8-12 and Stage Combat for ages 13-18. These classes will help young performers be better at active listening, reacting in the moment, trust, and collaboration, all vital skills to be a more dynamic performer.
Our February Vacation week long is the start of our Triple Threat series. In these classes students will learn the three disciplines of Musical Theatre separately, and at the end of the week put it all together in a showcase for their friends and family. These classes will introduce students to various Musical Theatre productions, through scenes, songs and choreography, while providing them the space to hone their musical theatre toolbox.
Whichever class you choose to register for, whether it’s one of our process oriented classes during the winter, spring or fall, or one of our production oriented classes during the school vacation weeks or summer, your child is sure to grow as a theater artist.
We encourage you to register today to secure your spot in our Winter Session classes. Please note we are currently running two discounts (cannot be combined):
• Multi-Class Discount: 5% for registering for 2 or more classes at once.
• Sibling Discount: 10% off second registration when registering 2 siblings.
Discounted registrations must be purchased over the phone (number below).
If you have any questions in regards to the program or particular classes, please contact the education department at 978-232-7200 ext. 7289 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Education
LLOYD WOODCOCK (Director of Education) is a Theatre Educator/Arts Administrator with over 14 years of experience building theater education programming and curriculums. He holds a Bachelors in Theatre Arts and a Masters in Educational Theatre and has worked with various theaters in the Boston area, most recently as the Director of Education at Wheelock Family Theatre. Prior to relocating, Lloyd lived in NYC where he taught for various theater organizations such as TADA! Youth Theatre, Wingspan Arts, The Forum Project and the Henry Street Settlement. Lloyd also served as the Theater Coordinator for the NYC Department of Education where he managed the Shubert/MTI Broadway Junior program.