Theater Arts Education

The Palace Theater runs a six-week after-school workshop each year for interested middle and high school students in the community. Each program explores the plot, characters, and music of one of our Broadway Series shows as well as connecting the show's themes to current events. 

The education program is facilitated by professional teaching artists and guest speakers. Participation is free and includes a complimentary ticket to the studied Broadway show.


Turn the Beat Around: Celebrating Culture and Identity through Music!

Classes meet on Mondays & Wednesdays; October 30 – December 11, 2023

This season’s 6-week after school arts-based program, based on the musicals On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan and Hairspray, will examine the interrelation of music, culture, and identity. Through creative expression, theater games, and critical analysis, students will explore the themes, plot, and music of both shows, while looking at the role that music plays in creating communities.  

This free program is open to local 6-12 graders. As part of the program, students will attend performances of On Your Feet! (December 16) and Hairspray (January 17). 

This program is made possible thanks to the generosity of the American Savings Foundation.

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Behind the Scenes: Exploring Careers in Technical Theater

March 4, 2024 (Introductory Session: 3:00pm – 5:00pm)
March 11–21, 2024

This after-school program is part of the Waterbury Public Schools Enrichment Project and is open to high school students enrolled in the Waterbury Public Schools. Priority will be given to Juniors and Seniors.

The free 10-session intensive workshop series is an interactive career exploration and theater appreciation program, including hands-on experience in lighting, costuming, stage management, and other technical theater areas. Students work alongside industry professionals to tech and crew one of our main stage presentations in Week 1. In Week 2, participants will build on what they have learned and work with choreographers to design lighting, wardrobe, and projections for a student-led dance performance.

For registration information, please fill out the form below. 


Learn More about After-School Programs

For additional questions concerning After-School Programs or to join our waitlist of interested students for our next program, please fill out the form below and our Education Coordinator will be in touch shortly.

American Savings Foundation


Photo Credit: Marianna Vagnini-Dadamo; Palace Theater

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