Harvard S.T.A.G.E. - Student Theater Advancing Growth & Empowerment

Purpose Statement

Harvard STAGE was conceived by Harvard students as a way to bridge the disconnect between the college and the surrounding community and to emphasize the connection between theater and public service in general. STAGE does so by bringing college students together with their younger peers to grow through theater and by bringing the broader community together to support it. STAGE recruits members at the start of each semester. Members are Harvard students with a talent and interest in any or all of the following areas: theatrical performance, dance, oratory, directing, producing, technical design (lights, costumes, set, sound, props), choreography, music directing, script writing/score composing, etc. Members must also have a distinguished record of public service and must commit to weekly involvement working with the middle school children in STAGE\x{ef}\x{bf}\x{bd}s after-school program. Throughout the school year, STAGE members run a weekly after-school program serving children who would otherwise have little or no exposure to the performing arts. STAGE uses a curriculum designed to introduce children to the basics of theatrical performance, emphasizing the importance of creativity, communication skills, and self-esteem. STAGE members work with the children to help them develop their own theatrical pieces, both reality-based and imaginative. In December, STAGE hosts ArtSpectacular - a day-long whirlwind tour in which after-school participants are introduced to all aspects of the performing arts by working with different Harvard student arts organizations. STAGE\x{ef}\x{bf}\x{bd}s afterschool program culminates in a showcase of the students\x{ef}\x{bf}\x{bd} pieces at the end of the year on campus, intended to highlight the achievements of the students and to raise awareness of the potential for the arts in the community.

Organization Information