Second Stage

Second Stage is a series of advanced training programs for dedicated students with the experience and desire to continue professional training in the performing arts. Through Kid’s Co NW, Studio NW, Studio JR, and Interns NW, selected students develop their craft, guided by top theater professionals, through a combination of advanced classes, workshops, and performance opportunities.

All Second Stage programs are tuition based, with the exception of Interns NW. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying students. Participation in all Second Stage programs is by audition or special invitation only. Learn more about NWCT Season Auditions here.

 

Kid’s Co NW

Ages 8-14

NWCT’s ambassador troupe! The talented young performers of Kid’s Co NW develop and tour a musical review each term. This program is designed for intermediate and advanced students looking for a tight-knit ensemble experience. Kid’s Co NW teaches professional skills, flexibility, and self-confidence through professional training, a supportive peer group, and multiple performance opportunities.

  • Participation
    Following Season Auditions in May, selected performers will be invited to a callback in late August.
  • Schedule
    Classes meet Monday from 5:00-7:30pm
    Fall Term: September to December        Winter Term: January to March
  • Tuition
    Kid’s Co NW is a tuition based program. Current pricing is listed in the NWCT Season Audition Packet. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying families.
  • Contact
    To book Kid’s Co NW, or for program questions and comments, please contact us here.

 

Studio JR

Ages 9-11

Designed specifically for our youngest performers, Studio JR is a first step into professional training for the performing arts. This program provides access to professional artists, performance, and a deeper level of theater education than our regular weekend classes. Only 20 students will be invited to participate each year.

  • Participation
    Studio JR is a year-long program. Participating students commit to completing all three terms. Following Season Auditions in May, selected students will be invited to a callback in late August.
  • Schedule
    Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday from 4:15-6:15pm
    Fall Term: September to November        Winter Term: January to March        Spring Term: April to May
  • Tuition
    Studio JR is a tuition based program. Current pricing is listed in the NWCT Season Audition Packet. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying families. No seasonal drop-in rates or refunds.
  • Contact
    For program questions and comments, please contact us here.

 

Studio NW

Ages 12-14

This advanced training program offers specialized instruction, advanced workshops, and performance opportunities. Hands-on training with guest artists and NWCT staff help develop theater vocabulary, specialized skills, and confidence as a performer. Studio NW builds on the skills learned in Studio JR, but Studio JR is not a prerequisite for participation.

  • Participation
    Studio NW is a year-long program. Participating students commit to completing all three terms. Following Season Auditions in May, selected students will be invited to a callback in late August.
  • Schedule
    Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm
    Fall Term: September to November        Winter Term: January to March        Spring Term: April to May
  • Tuition
    Studio NW is a tuition based program. Current pricing is listed in the NWCT Season Audition Packet. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying families. No seasonal drop-in rates or refunds. Spring term includes an optional performance opportunity at additional cost.
  • Contact
    For program questions and comments, please contact us here.

 

Interns NW

Ages 15-19

Interns NW is a year long advanced training program in theater arts. Selected students gain hands-on experience in a variety of theatrical disciplines while working with NWCT professional staff and guest artists. Internships combine experience both onstage and backstage with advanced instruction allowing young people to explore a range of theater arts in a focused, professional atmosphere.

  • Participation
    Interns are selected by audition, written application (available in May), recommendation and interview. Students may participate in a First, Second and Third year internship.
  • Tuition
    Interns NW is a tuition-free program. Some additional tuition-based opportunities will be offered exclusively to Second Stage participants including workshops and productions.
  • Advanced Training Requirement
    All First Year Interns participate in advanced training focusing predominantly on performance related skills. While some classes are mandatory, interns select the majority of classes from a calendar of options based on their skills, interests and availability. All interns must participate in a minimum of 20 hours of Advanced Training per term.
  • Technical Requirement
    All First Year Interns are assigned to work backstage on one Mainstage production as a stagehand, wardrobe/dresser or booth technician. NWCT Mainstage productions include weekday performances. First Year Interns are required to be excused from up to four days of school in order to complete their technical requirement, as well as some late rehearsal nights and a long weekend commitment prior to opening.
  • Front of House Requirement
    All First Year Interns are assigned to work as Assistant House Manager for two weekends per season on a Mainstage or Second Stage show.
  • Company Events & Galas
    First Year Interns will be asked to assist with NWCT galas and fundraising events. Many Interns have been able to apply these hours towards credit for community service requirements at school.
  • Intern Showcase
    During NWCT’s Spring term, Interns have the option to mount a showcase/workshop production. Interns will head up all areas of production (except directing) and the details of the production will depend largely on the strengths of the students. Participation in this project is not mandatory.
  • Contact
    For program questions and comments, please contact us here.