Gloucester Stage Youth Company

Our Mission

Gloucester Stage Company is proud to offer professional training workshops and performance opportunities designed to provide quality, innovative theatre experiences to children and teens, helping them to discover their voice and identity and nurturing their creative and intellectual growth through the development of skills they can use onstage and in their daily lives.

Location: 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA
Email: katie@gloucesterstage.com
Telephone: (978) 281-4099 x103


Welcome! It is my pleasure to introduce Gloucester Stage Company’s new professional training workshops and performance opportunities designed to provide quality, innovative theatre experiences to children and teens.

Our programs support young artists at all points in their development, encouraging them to discover their voice and identity and nurturing their creative and intellectual growth. At Gloucester Stage we are honored to train and inspire the next generation of actors, designers and theatregoers. I’m looking forward to seeing you all in class and onstage this fall!

Katie Oberlander, Education Director

About Our

Education Director

Katie Oberlander has a bachelor’s degree in voice performance from Eastman School of Music and a master’s in arts administration from American University. An experienced drama and music teacher, Katie has worked at Norwood School in Bethesda, MD, The Peabody Essex Museum, North Shore YMCA Theatre Company, Brookline Public Schools, Marblehead Community Charter Public School and Miles River Middle School. She is currently Director of Performing Arts at Harborlight Montessori. Katie has directed and authored numerous plays and musicals for professional theatres, including Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland, Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine and Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where she served as Director of Youth Theatre. She is the author of Applause for Plautus, Kitchen Catastrophes and Mastermime, all published by Eldridge Publishing and performed in schools and theatres around the world.

Upcoming Classes and Productions



Audition Workshop

Grades 7-12

Event Info

September 18, 2021 10:00am-12:00pm

Gloucester Stage Company is hosting an optional audition workshop to help actors prepare for auditioning for the fall GYSC production of Clue: Onstage (High School Edition). During the workshop, actors will practice the basics of audition etiquette, work on a monologue and take part in a ‘mock audition’ and gain some strategies and skills to calm anxiety and nerves during an audition. To sign up or learn more CLICK HERE!



Fractured Fairytales: First Class

For Students in Grades 1st – 3rd

Event Info

Saturdays 9:45 am-10:45 am (8 Weeks) Tuition: $160

Ever wonder what would happen if Cinderella wore sneakers instead of glass slippers? What if The Big Bad Wolf started a pizza delivery service? In this creative class, students take fairytales and folktales and create their own versions. Using different stories as inspiration each week, students explore exciting characters, plots and settings using acting and movement activities to bring them to life. The workshop culminates in a final sharing for families on the last day of class. Click here to LEARN MORE



Acting Fundamentals: First Class

For Students in Grades 4th – 6th

Event Info

Saturdays 11 am – 12 pm (8 Weeks) Tuition: $160

In this skill-building class, young actors learn how to create characters, build relationships and play objectives in a scene. Students learn to make strong physical and vocal choices and create well rounded characters through improvisation exercises, theatre games and short scenes. The workshop culminates in a final sharing for families on the last day of class. Click here to LEARN MORE



Clue Auditions

Grades 7-12

Event Info

Saturday, September 18, 2021 9:30-12:30 pm,  Tuition/Costume Fee: $325, due prior to first rehearsal

Actors must sign up for an audition time. To learn more CLICK HERE



CLUE: Performances

ACT III Youth Company Performances

Event Info

Friday 11/19 & Saturday 11/20 @ 7:30pm
Saturday 11/20 & Sunday 11/21 @ 2:00pm

Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!

Tickets:  $25 Adults  |  $20 Seniors  |  $15 Students (under 18)  |  Link Coming Soon!


While Gloucester Stage Company’s classes are open to all students, actors in GSYC’s Youth Company are selected through an audition process. While we endeavor to make this audition as supportive and low-stress as possible for our student actors, we may not be able to cast everyone who auditions. Parents and students should discuss and be prepared for either outcome of auditions. We provide feedback and class recommendations to those not accepted into this program. Our goal is to create a well-crafted performance and our directors commit the same amount of instruction and attention to every student. Actors interested in this program should be willing to commit to the ensemble regardless of the role in the production. Tuition is required prior to the first day of rehearsal and there are no refunds given if an actor is unhappy with their role.

Due to the intensive and ensemble nature of the program, actors must commit to being at all rehearsals. Actors must have consistent and dependable attendance and participate in the rehearsal process with focus and dedication. 

Audition Process
Please come to the audition prepared with a short memorized monologue. Monologue suggestions will be given upon confirmation of an audition slot. The audition will also consist of reading from the script with fellow actors. The GSYC artistic staff is looking for performers with basic acting instincts and the ability and desire to share their creativity with the group. Risk taking and the ability to work well with others is a huge factor in selecting cast members, so take chances during your audition, have fun, make creative choices, and be respectful of others.


Limited funds are available for financial aid. Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis. You will be contacted about your application, whether or not a scholarship is awarded. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF

Who is eligible for financial aid?
Financial aid eligibility is dependent upon the degree of need as verified by this form and supporting documents. 

Do you offer payment plans?
Payment plans may be taken advantage of by anyone, regardless of financial need. This option is available to families who prefer to split a balance of $100 or more into two or three installments. No application is required; if you would like to arrange a payment plan, please email the Education Director: Katie@gloucesterstage.com

How do I apply for financial aid?
Email this completed form, with relevant documents attached, to the Education Director: Katie@gloucesterstage.com or bring paper copies to the theatre box office. Financial aid requests must be submitted a week prior to the first date of class or rehearsal. 

What does a financial aid scholarship cover?
If eligible, one partial or full scholarship will be awarded per household. For scholarships greater than 50%, volunteer opportunities are encouraged. No child turned away due to lack of funding.

For more information contact katie@gloucesterstage.com