STC understands that young people dream of careers in performing arts, but they need an outlet and proper training. STC meets those needs by offering elementary, middle, and high school students after school and weekend training programs, including:
- Young Professionals Conservatory
- Pre-Professional Ensemble
- Ensemble Workshop Productions
- ACT*DANCE*SING Camps
- School Partnership Program
- Programs for Educators
Veteran actors, directors, designers, technicians, and producers–all with professional training and college degrees–provide hands-on training. Students flourish and gain momentum as they work towards enrollment in colleges and, ultimately, careers in professional theatre. Many of STC’s alumni-–including Yale University graduate Alexander Dominitz, Northwestern University graduate Anna Miles, University of Michigan graduate Paige Silvester, and Royal Academy of Music graduate Maggie Elizabeth May–are enrolled in theatre programs at top universities or working on Broadway or London’s West End.
Education & School of the Arts Director, Michele Hillen-Noufer
Michele has been at STC for eleven seasons and oversees the STC School of the Arts, which includes the Young Professionals Conservatory, the Pre-Professional Ensemble, Camp Programs, a Professional Internship Program, and the School Partnership Program. She is a member of Actors Equity Association, as well as SAG/AFTRA and has worked as a professional actor for 25 years doing theatre, film, and television across the country and internationally. Michele has directed, taught, and choreographed professional theatre, as well as theatre for young people. She has a passion for helping students achieve their goals in the performing arts and for providing theatre arts education in schools through after school programs and through arts integration during the school day. She is currently a Masters candidate for the Integrated Teaching Through the Arts M.Ed. through Lesley University.