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Trinity Rep is a leader in arts education. From our landmark Project Discovery student matinee program, which has brought over 1.2 million students to the theater since its inception in 1966, to Trinity Rep’s Active Imagination Network, which offers specially designed classes for children on the autism spectrum, our philosophy on theater education is all about access, outreach, and full-bodied, whole-hearted participation. Not only do we offer regular classes for children and adults, but our teachers can be found building enthusiasm throughout Rhode Island’s classrooms, libraries, and hospitals, and the graduates from our MFA program in acting and directing can be spotted on Broadway, in regional theater, film and television. No matter the forum, Trinity Repertory Company’s Education Department is constantly seeking new ways to innovate programming, in order to expose more diverse populations to the hands-on 21st century skills provided by an exemplary theater education.
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Trinity Rep Studios offers in-depth classes in acting, playwriting, improvisation, musical theater, and scene study for all ages and experience levels. Taught by members of our education staff, resident acting company, artistic staff, and Rhode Island theater artists, we believe in fostering a non-competitive classroom environment that focuses on the process of performance, rather than the product, while inspiring our students to take the next steps towards their performance goals.
The Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI) is one of the most comprehensive summer arts enrichment programs in New England. For the entire month of July, students ages 10 to 18 choose from a variety of electives, including playwriting, musical theater, improvisation, Shakespeare, mask-making, stage combat and more. Taught by Trinity Rep’s acting company, education staff, Brown/Trinity MFA students and alum, and local working artists, YASI culminates in two public performances on the Trinity Rep stage.
Trinity Rep’s Education Department extends far beyond our downtown Providence home. Whether it be in classrooms across the region in custom-made residencies; our annual student playwriting competition and festival; or our partnerships with local organizations like the Athenaeum and Providence Public Library, our teaching artists impact our community in innumerable ways.