"Anyone can participate. Everyone can succeed."

-Lindsay Pontius, Co-Founder, Courageous Stage

Courageous Stage is an innovative series of core literacy programs that use the theatre arts to engage students in an immersive education experience. Our programs are designed to bridge the opportunity gap and reach every single student. Courageous Stage programs align with the classroom curriculum and happen during the school day.  Led by a network of internationally acclaimed Associate Artists, Courageous Stage offers multi-week programs for grades 4-12 that connect core literacy curriculum with the theatre arts, engaging both children and their teachers. Each interactive session is designed to teach language skills, through project-based learning, and culminates in live performance.

Rooted at Town Hall Theater, Courageous Stage piloted our first wildly successful program through the education department. Today, we're taking our revolutionary integrative arts program on the road while still staying close to our foundations. At this point, we serve more than 20 schools, 1,500 students, and 80 teachers in 4 different Vermont school districts. With our new and updated plans, we are positioned to not only serve districts in Vermont, but to become a national model for education and community engagement. 


What do Courageous Stage programs achieve?

  • Build core literacy, critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills;

  • Foster confidence, teach collaboration and promote civic engagement;

  • Engage every student with personalized learning using the theatre arts;

  • Complement existing curriculum to provide a project-based learning environment that unites students from diverse backgrounds.