After School Drama Club

NWCT offers theater classes at schools throughout the Portland-metro area. These specialized programs are designed to meet the needs of individual students, educators, and schools. We are an accredited arts organization with Young Audiences/Run for the Arts, and a proud partner program of the Right-Brain Initiative

Our current offerings are listed below. If you are looking to start a program at your school, please call 503-222-2190 or email Thanks to our generous supporters, special funding may be available. 

NWCT teaching artists are screened and trained by Northwest Children’s Theater and School. Many hold advanced degrees and certifications, and are performers themselves. All teaching artists are cleared through the Oregon Central Background Registry. 

After-School Drama Club

Our after-school programs introduce students to the wide world of theater through character creation, improvisation, devising and more! Drama clubs typically meet once a week after school for one hour, but this can vary. Sessions are usually 7 to 10 weeks long. Each session can conclude with a small demonstration for family and friends.

Fall 2019 Drama Clubs:

To register online, scroll down to the class listings below and either log into your account or sign up to get started.

Don’t see your school listed? We often partner with SUN/SHINE programs to offer these classes, so they may be handling registration for your school. 

Contact us at 503-222-2190 or if you have any questions, or want to start a Drama Club at your school. 

First Stage Classes

First Stage classes are specially designed for ages three to six years old. Held at your child’s preschool or daycare, children will explore theater through music, movement and storytelling with an emphasis on physical and emotional self-expression. First Stage teachers use role-playing and improvisation techniques to act out fairy tales and other stories.

These classes promote a love for the performing arts and nurture creative energy while supporting developmental milestones, including:

Confidence • Self-expression • Critical thinking
Cooperation • Social Skills • Imagination • Motor skills

Classes are 30 to 45 minutes long. We offer a complimentary First Stage class to any area preschool or daycare that wants to give it a try. 

If you would like to bring First Stage to your preschool or daycare, contact us at 503-222-2190 or

NWCT in the Classroom

Classroom Residencies

Bring learning to life through theater! NWCT Residencies pair a teaching artist with a classroom teacher to create customized content that integrates theater into classroom curriculum. Students are invited to explore history, language, literature, math and science through playmaking, character development, script writing, monologues, and creative dramatics. Residencies can be as small as one classroom or as large as every classroom in the school, and are offered with a minimum of 4 sessions, for up to 35 students per classroom. 

Examples include: creating still images of Beaver habitats, complete with narration; bringing folktales to life; and examining how Congress functions through still and moving images.

Active Audience Workshops 

NWCT Active Audience Workshops enrich the experience of students attending our mainstage matinee performances. During these action-packed workshops, students explore the themes, characters, historical context, and production elements of our shows through dynamic theater exercises. Each show in NWCT’s season has a unique, customized workshop that connects the performance to existing classroom curricula, introduces acting basics, and reviews theater etiquette. Active audience workshops happen at your school, typically one to two weeks prior to your field trip to see the show.

If you are interested in a Classroom Residency or Active Audience Workshop, contact us at 503-222-2190 or

In School Playlabs

With a large library of original scripts, NWCT brings a story to life through character development, storytelling, costumes, sets, props and music. Students learn the work of putting on a play, from memorizing lines to learning choreography and working together in an ensemble. 

Playlabs at your school can range from an afterschool offering with a cast of 20 to a show that gets your entire school involved as a cast of 50 or more. Everyone gets a part! 

Examples of scripts: Oz!, Get a Clue, Shakespeare, and Alice Upside Down in Wonderland

If you would like to bring a playlab to your school, contact us at 503-222-2190 or

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