Mainstages is an interactive educational theater company for children. Throughout the year we implement afterschool programs, tour with interactive performances, game shows and lead creative birthday parties. Over the summer we run theater classes and produce shows at both sleepaway and day camps across the nation. We provide all the tools for impactful theatrical experiences from our dynamic staff, culturally inclusive programming, innovative activities, costumes, sets, fun giveaways and ongoing support for every member of our community. We ensure you and your children will have a successful experience and are driven by the values that make the performing arts an integral component of education.
mainstages is an educational theater company committed to the growth of children through creative programming and performances. We are driven by the values that make the performing arts an integral component of education and we aim to create a safe space for children to take risks and grow as individuals. We seek to build a framework with our partner organizations to incorporate their central values to lift up the visibility and impact of the performing arts while allowing students to think outside of the box and grow. Fun and celebration are key to our mission. We take on big topics and embrace and celebrate our differences, while always emphasizing collaboration and enjoyment. Overall, we use theatrical programming and entertainment to educate and prepare well-rounded youth for leadership in tomorrow’s world.
Accountability, Responsibility and Community. These words are vital to mainstages creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. We hold ourselves accountable for the harms we’ve caused and honor that our country was built on the systematic oppression of marginalized communities. It is our responsibility as educators and artists to dismantle that oppression and uplift these communities. To allow space for people of all identities to feel safe and confident in sharing their culture and experiences. This is why we have added to our team a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator to revise and publish our values, Mission Statement, and instill anti-bias practices to embed equity throughout our organization.
Mainstages has taken an assessment of our practices and through conversations with our BIPOC community have cultivated commitments for us to move forward. We’ve made these commitments as stepping stones to creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community. As our outreach and community of BIPOC, people of all genders, abilities and backgrounds expand so will these commitments. We will continually hold ourselves accountable, listen, learn and grow with our partners and collaborators.
We are committed to an anti-oppressive infrastructure:
We are committed to creating a diverse and equitable environment for our staff.
We are committed to uplifting diverse cultures and creating accessible content:
We are committed to holding ourselves and clients accountable:
Improvisation is the act of creating something that is unplanned and utilizes the space around you as inspiration. At the essence of improv is the term “yes, and.” This acknowledges and affirms what a participant has offered and invites others to expand that line of thinking. We use innovation and flexibility to educate children on how to adapt to life’s challenges with creativity and positivity.
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We bring groups together in a way that focuses on similarities while celebrating our differences. We tap into the universal experiences that lift us up and allow space for unique perspectives when we are together. We think of it like the applause that comes at the end of the show - a palpable sense of celebration that comes from the recognition of egroup collaboration.
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We strive to challenge children to discover and explore distinct qualities about themselves and others. We build upon our connections to others to develop characters. How you respond when your back's up against the wall is what defines you. We look inside ourselves and summon the inner strength that comes from accessing our emotions. For kids, that means checking in often and communicating our feelings in a way that allows us to be more present.
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Theater has always offered the opportunity to escape reality and see the world from a different perspective. We want to transport people from the present to an idyllic world of new adventures and opportunities. Our innovative and adaptive nature allows us to continuously evolve and explore the possibilities.
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Mainstages is working to learn more and strengthen our relationships with members of our local community, and dismantle the harmful effects of white supremacy and colonization. Our first step is acknowledging that our administrative offices and our partnered schools, organizations, and camps are located on the unceded land of the several indigeonous tribes. We acknowledge the Munsee Lenape , Matinecock , Schaghticoke , and Canarsie people as the original caretakers of Mainstages’ land. We pay our respects to these indigenious communities, honor the harm and destruction colonizers have caused and work towards a harmonious relationship between the indigenous people and the descended immigrants of this land.
We also acknowledge that Mainstages occupies a virtual space utilizing the internet and other technologies that are not as readily available or accessible in present day indigenous communities.
This acknowledgement is the beginning of our awareness, education and building our community with the indigenous community. We must honor and learn from our past to create a respectful and inclusive future.