The Place For Teens.

The S! Conservatory is a pre-professional training program for goal-oriented young people ages 15-19 who want to train hard, play hard, and immerse themselves in theatre.

Meeting weekly throughout the school year, the curriculum is designed to train and support the “whole actor” with sequential classwork, ongoing mentoring, and special opportunities. Housed at our home base, Artists Repertory Theatre, the 9.5-month program culminates in early June with a Conservatory Showcase attended by theatre industry professionals, family, and friends. Space is limited to 16-18 students only.

S! Conservatory is held on Monday evenings, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Auditions/Interviews for the 2018-19 school year will take place on June 15 & 16 & July 3. Students should prepare a 1 minute monologue and a 32-bar cut of a song. Bring your headshot, resume, and sheet music, and email Chanda for an appointment time: We look forward to meeting you.

We seek to grow artists of staggering vitality and boundless imagination. Critical thinkers. Storytellers. Smart, fearless, versatile artists who can tackle anything because they have the tools that only disciplined training can provide. Find YOUR unique voice.
Students are admitted by audition & interview only. Faculty and Guest Artists are drawn from the world of professional theatre, music, and dance. Most have terminal degrees in their fields and all are experienced Teaching Artists/educators.


We equip young artists with the tools for success in the 21st century.

Conservatory students study singing, voice, speech, dance, movement, Shakespeare, Viewpoints, Alexander technique, stage combat, solo performance/cabaret, and audition technique in addition to musical theatre repertoire & musical theatre scene study. Preparation and personal attention are our hallmarks. There is a reason S! Conservatory students are performing on professional stages all over the city.

For the 4th year running, Staged! will offer The College Prep Workshop for BFA-bound seniors–audition prep, audition coaching and Parent Seminars to help you through the competitive college maze. This workshop meets weekly, September through January, and is tailored to each student’s individual needs. There is a separate fee for this program.

Special opportunities abound for our students to tap into the cultural heartbeat of Portland

Master classes with Broadway performers; field trips to cultural events; invitations to observe rehearsals and directors at work; Q&A sessions with special industry guests; job shadows and access to theatre behind-the-scenes. S! Conservatory students take an annual field trip to the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

Where we meet:

Staged! is a member of the ArtsHub at Artists Repertory Theatre in downtown Portland. S! Conservatory meets weekly in the Artists Rep rehearsal studios (1515 SW Morrison St, Portland), with easy access to the bus line and MAX train.


Frequently Asked Questions
My teen loves theatre. What sets S! Conservatory apart from other teen theatre programs in town?

Choosing the right program for your teen is very important. There are some important factors to consider when evaluating various program options:

Is the program affiliated with a professional theatre?

Staged! is a non-profit theatre company, producing professional shows on Portland stages since 2005. Staged! is a resident theatre at the nationally renowned Artists Repertory Theatre.

How long has the education program been around? Is it geared specifically towards teens?

Staged! began in 2005, with a strong arts education component from Day One. Designed by arts educators, our education program is built to meet the needs of teen performing artists. After 6 years of summer camps, master classes, workshops, and nation-wide research, the S! Conservatory program launched in 2013.

Is the program a for-profit school, or is it a mission-driven non-profit connected to a respected arts organization?

Is the program respected by the greater Portland theatre community?

Does the program have ties to the theatre community outside Portland, creating more opportunities for students?

Does the teaching faculty reflect the diversity of the students?

Is the faculty highly qualified to teach in their field, and experienced working with teenagers?

What do alumni and parents say about the program and the teachers? Do they stay involved after the student graduates?

How selective is this program? Does everyone get in?

Because of the weekly time commitment and the maturity required for this high level of training, S! Conservatory is not right for every teen.

We encourage teens who want to “check us out” to sign up for a m(e)ow (musical entirely in one week/weekend) or come in with a parent and sit down with the Artistic Director for a chat.

How do I know if this is for me?

S! Conserv students are passionate about theatre, and are dedicated to bettering themselves. They want meaty training. Are you hungry for growth? Come check us out. A good way to get a taste of the S! Conserv is to join us on a T.O.A.S.T. outing (Teens Out & About Seeing Theatre). Sign up to see a play with us, and join in the discussion afterward. Meet some of our dedicated students and get a sense of whether this is right for you.

Join Staged! for a m(e)ow (musical entirely in one week/weekend)–open to all teens–and get a further sense of who we are. You and/or your parents can also email the Director any time with questions, or schedule a time to come in and chat about the program: .

What is the time commitment to be in S! Conservatory?

S! Conservatory meets once a week on Monday evenings from 5:30-9:30 pm. There are breaks for the Winter Holiday Break, generally following Portland Public Schools’ calendar. Special outings (T.O.A.S.T.) and master classes with Broadway professionals are held periodically, along with opportunities for individual coaching.

The course of study is sequential; absences/hiatuses are strongly discouraged as they diminish the impact of the program and hinder the student’s ability to progress. We believe your investment in yourself and your training should take precedence over performing in multiple/back-to-back plays. Tuition is required for the full school year regardless of a student’s attendance. Students need to apply in writing for foreseen conflicts and absences. Showcase casting is at the discretion of the faculty; one student’s absence cannot be allowed to negatively impact the ensemble.

College Audition Coaching takes place weekly September through January and follows a schedule that is separate from the Conservatory, but complementary.

Every student is encouraged to take regular dance classes as part of their study. A list of recommended teachers and studios with whom to study at multiple levels is available from the Artistic Director.

Will I still be able to be in my school’s theatre productions?

Yes. We recognize that many of our students are leaders in their school theatre programs and we encourage this participation. All afternoon hours will be available for rehearsals, and every night except for Conservatory nights. If you are involved in a production, you will of course have a Conservatory night off for tech/production week. Conservatory faculty will be notified in advance of any production week conflicts. The S! Conservatory is designed to be an excellent supplement for students who have leadership roles in their individual school programs; it is a chance to grow weekly with other highly-motivated and skilled theatre students from across the metro area.

What is the tuition?

Tuition is $2,000/year.

(College Prep Seminar is a separate course and not included in this monthly tuition. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival field trip is also not included in monthly tuition amount.)

Are scholarships available?

Yes. A limited number of need-based and merit-based scholarships and work study arrangements are available. Our students come from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, and we are committed to making Conservatory financially viable for students admitted to the program.

How will students be evaluated and given feedback?

S! Conservatory students will be evaluated twice a year, and will receive supportive, individual feedback as they progress. Office hours are on Tuesdays from 3:00-5:30 pm and students are encouraged to come in with questions or concerns.

When do I perform?

The focus of the S! Conservatory is process. Throughout the school year we will be building a solid grounding in technique as well as studying scenes and learning repertoire. S! Conservatory students are often asked to perform throughout the year, and opportunities for work come up. The end of the year SHOWCASE is be attended by industry professionals and theatre colleagues as well as family, friends, and theatre-goers.

There are also opportunities throughout the year to perform pieces for special guest teachers in a master class setting as well.

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S! Conservatory is committed to diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff. Staged! does not discriminate in its educational and employment policies on the bases of race, color, creed, religion, national/ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, physical disability, or political or religious affiliation.