Meeting the Demand

Since 2012, Courageous Stage has grown from its inaugural 130-student elementary school program, Shakespeare It’s Elementary to an organization that serves more than 20 schools, 1,000 students, and 80 teachers from grades 4-12.  Today, we’re rolling out new programs, forging new partnerships and working to meet the demand for Courageous Stage in the classroom.

Shakespeare It's Elementary

Shakespeare It’s Elementary, designed for students grades 4-6, delivers a shot of adrenaline to English Language Arts curriculum, by engaging students to produce an entire Shakespeare play. There is a role for every child that will push the limits of their own literacy, creativity and collaboration. Students are introduced to vocabulary, storytelling, design, movement, history and character development. SIE culminates in a fully produced play at a professional theater, creating an inspiring festival atmosphere. In Addison County, the final performance is at Town Hall Theater.

Shakespeare It's Elementary Fast Facts

  • Over 100 kids work together to produce a full-length Shakespeare play over the course of a school semester

  • Thousands of students & teachers have participated through four school districts

  • 10-week program during the school day

  • Student-led production, giving students ownership of the text and sense of responsibility

"Courageous Stage's work is transformative for our students. Their impact reaches beyond literacy and English Language classrooms. I see the confidence, collaboration, and enthusiasm pour over into the rest of the school day. School should be like this everyday!"

-Linda Horn, Math Teacher Leader,
Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union

The Maverick Voice

The Maverick Voice, designed for students grades 6 and up, activates a student-driven learning environment that builds community and fosters collaboration in the classroom. The question, 'What does it mean to be a maverick?' is our entry-point for youth inquiry into the lives of change-agents past and present, as well as local and global. Maverick Voice workshops and programs work with a wide array of learners in multiple communities that include the statewide program 'What's The Story,' Addison County Spring into the Arts Festival, and Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English. 

Maverick Voice Fast Facts: 

  • Hundreds of learners have participated in sessions across the state of Vermont in locations ranging from Flynn Arts to the Bread Loaf School

  • We use a multi-session approach that deepens comprehension of texts and generates writing

  • Inspires students to think critically and leads to civic and community engagement

  • Compliments Social Studies and English curriculums to help achieve International Baccalaureate and Expeditionary Learning goals