First Stage

First Stage is Northwest Children’s Theater and School’s preschool outreach program specially designed for preschoolers ages three to six years old. Held at your child’s preschool or daycare, First Stage promotes a love for the performing arts and nurtures creative energy while supporting a myriad of developmental milestones, including:


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


We offer a complimentary First Stage class to any area preschool or daycare that wants to try our First Stage program for free! Just contact us to schedule a visit.


First Stage Program:

Preschool Players (Ages 3-6)

Children will explore theater through music, movement and storytelling with an emphasis on physical and emotional self-expression. First Stage teachers use role-playing, improvisation and storytelling techniques to act out fairy tales and other stories! If you have specific stories or books you would like to explore, please let us know!

NWCT also offers First Stage theater classes for preschoolers at our theater, located in Northwest Portland.


First Stage Teachers

First Stage teaching artists are hired, screened and trained by Northwest Children’s Theater and School. Many hold advanced degrees and certifications, and are performers themselves. All First Stage teaching artists are cleared through the Oregon Central Background Registry. For more information about First Stage programming, or to learn how to bring First Stage to your child’s preschool or daycare, contact us here.

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