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"Anyone can participate. Everyone can succeed."

-Lindsay Pontius, Co-Founder, Courageous Stage

Courageous Stage (CS) engages the full capacity of the human heart with an action-packed collaborative approach. Courageous Stage has designed a physical, emotionally and personally revelatory process to build your classroom into an ensemble of students taking creative and confident responsibility for their own learning.


CS began in 2018 as an outreach program to the schools in Addison County, Vermont under the auspices of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. Within 3 years, we expanded to include over 20 schools and 6 school districts (five in Vermont and one in Los Angeles, California.)  To meet the demand and serve a state-wide and national demographic, we created our own organization in 2021, Courageous Stage LLC. Courageous Stage is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. We have employed 20 professional theater artists from all over the US and continue to partner with the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury and have established many more on-going partnerships including: the Bread Loaf School of English, the New Perennials Project at Middlebury College, Burlington’s Flynn Theatre, John Brown Lives!, a freedom education project and Middlebury Underground, a multi-disciplinary arts and event organization. ​

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