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Boston Children's Theatre is the oldest running theatre company in the city of Boston. Our mission is provide live theatre opportunities dedicated to fostering the educational and artistic development of children throughout the greater Boston area. Boston Children’s Theatre believes that our programs provide a unique chance for self-discovery and individual expression in a supportive, and productive environment. At BCT talented students gather from across traditional boundaries and nationalities to learn about themselves, each other and the world as they create some of the finest theatrical productions in New England.
BCT offers programming in four major areas:
BCT Academy and Classes
Boston Children’s Theatre offers training for tomorrow’s theatre artists. The BCT Academy provides year-round classes and workshops for the beginning through advanced student. Offerings include the introductory drama workshops as well as workshops in Shakespeare, Musical Theatre and Advanced Acting with Burgess Clark, Boston Children’s Theatre Executive Artistic Director. BCT maintains a strong policy that no student is turned away for lack of ability to pay. Toward this end the Boston Children’s Theatre Scholarship Fund provides tuition assistance for students in need.
Main Stage Season
Each year, BCT stages five professional level theatre productions featuring young talent from the Greater Boston area. The main stage season reaches an annual audience of 15,000 to 20,000 families and school children. Beginning in 2009, Boston Children’s Theatre has collaborated with the Boston Playwright’s Theatre on an annual production of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales.
The Summer Studios offer a full range of classes for the beginning to advanced theatre student. From one week long workshops in creative dramatics to an intensive five week long pre-professional training experience, BCT offers an experience for all levels of interest. The programs culminate in fully realized theatrical production as part of their training.
Boston Children’s Theatre Show Choir
The Show Choir features over 20 teens from more than 20 communities in and surrounding Boston. Led by Boston Children’s Theatre’s Musical Director, Daniel Blake. The Show Choir performs concerts at events and at corporate functions throughout Boston.
Boston Children's Theatre staff includes:
Burgess Clark, Executive Artistic Director
A 30 year theatre professional, Burgess was nominated in 1991 and again in 2007 as a “Distinguished Teacher in the Arts” by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for encouraging and supporting students with exceptional artistic achievement. Burgess has taught for the University of Hawaii and acted as Director of Theatre for The Mid-Pacific Institute. He also served as Director of Education for the Honolulu Theatre for Youth and was the Director of Theatre at the Perry Mansfield School of the Arts in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the oldest arts school in the nation. Prior to assuming leadership of the Boston Children’s Theatre, Burgess was the Director of Education of the acclaimed Academy of Music Theatre at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA. From 1988-94, Clark was the National Instructor for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts/Office of Very Special Arts, working with special populations and those who educate them. Five of his students have won the National Young Playwrights' Award. An award-winning writer, Burgess wrote the Emmy-nominated documentary series Pets: Part of the Family for PBS, hosted by Gary Burghoff. He was the recipient of the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild's 2000 Julie Harris Award for his play, The Ivory Alphabet. Burgess was also honored at the 15th Annual William Inge Theatre Festival as the "New Voice in American Theatre." In 1999, he was awarded the Vermont Playwright's Award for his drama, The Touch. Purple Hearts was produced in San Francisco and toured to the Edinburgh Theatre Festival in Scotland where it placed among the "Best of Fest." A member of the Dramatists’ Guild, Burgess has won several other playwriting awards, including "Best Play" from the National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award for playwriting and a Special Services Achievement Award from the U.S. Army for Purple Hearts. Burgess' other works include Down Came the Rain, Relative Strangers, The Velveteen Rabbit, Island of the Blue Dolphins and an adaptation of Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales originally produced for the National Theatre of the Deaf.
Toby Schine, Executive Producer
Having worked in the arts for 10 years, Toby joined Boston Children’s Theatre in 2008. Toby produces 10+ shows a year and oversees Boston Children’s Theatre day-to-day. With Boston Children’s Theatre, Toby has directed productions of RENT: School Edition, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and The Velveteen Rabbit. As an acting coach, Toby’s students have gained entrance into top conservatory programs around the world, including the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Carnegie Mellon, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and NYU. In 2009, all 13 of Toby’s students were accepted at the college of their choice. Prior to working at BCT, Toby was Assistant Director of Education at North Shore Music Theatre, where he directed Sweeney Todd, The Rocky Horror Show and the NE premiere of Seussical Jr. While on staff at NSMT, Toby started an international exchange program between the Patton Foundation in Germany and the now BCT Summer Studios. After leaving Reed College and the British American Dramatic Academy, Toby implemented the UNBOUND Arts program in Morrisville, VT as part of a 21st Century Learning grant, and worked extensively as a director, actor and coach.