There has been a lot of discussion in the past few years about declining audiences for the performing arts. There are a lot of theories about why this is happening; audiences are aging, becoming more interested in television and film, programming choices, and ticket prices…but we also know that being involved in theatre at a young age is an enormous predictor of future involvement in theatre as a performer, audience member, donor and patron.
At Bag&Baggage, we are 100% committed to helping lay the groundwork for a future generation of theatre fans through a range of initiatives that give young people the chance to participate in our work for free and, in some cases, in paid roles within the company! It isn’t just a good way to build future audiences, it is also just the right thing to do.
Here are a few ways that B&B is working to engage young people and help build the next generation of theatre artists and audiences:
Our PASSPORT Program: PASSPORT is an innovative and wide-reaching program that provides high school students from a four county region with free, on-demand tickets to any Bag&Baggage performance. The process is simple: if you are a student at a high school, tribal school, online academy, charter school or registered home school student from Washington, Yamhill, Columbia or Tillamook county you simple show up at the box office, show a valid student id and get a free ticket. No questions asked. Over the years, thousands of students have taken advantage of this program to experience the joys of live theatre for free. More information can be found online here.
Technical Internships: B&B offers paid internships for two students for every production. These interns often act as members of the stage management team; running the light board, operating the sound board, or working backstage as run crew. There is an application process, and we prefer to work with students with an interest in theatre from within Washington County. These are paid internship experiences working alongside our professional stage managers and production team members. For more information, please contact our Director of Advancement, Cassie Greer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-Professional Training Internships: One show a year provides acting and technical theatre students with the chance to act as full members of the B&B team; acting in a show, designing the sound cues, working on scenic design or lighting design, or working on costume design. These positions are more involved and of a higher degree than our technical internships and are a great way for students with an interest in pursuing a future career in theatre to get experience that will look great on a resume or college application. For more information, please contact our Director of Advancement, Cassie Greer, at email@example.com.
Hillsboro School District College and Career Pathways Internships: Working alongside the College and Career Pathways program at the Hillsboro School District, B&B is pleased to provide a number of internship, job shadow and other career/college experiences for high school students from our home district. Currently, we have internships available for:
Photojournalism – receive training and direct experience taking production and rehearsal photos of our shows for use in press releases, promotion, and marketing.
Theatre Criticism – receive training in writing theatre reviews for newspapers, online resources and school papers.
Job Shadowing – spend time with our staff, actors, and production crew learning more about what our jobs means and what they involve.
Please contact Scott Palmer, our Artistic Director, if you are interested in learning more about our involvement in College and Career Pathways! firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on the Hillsboro School District program can be found online here.
The Silverna Scott Technical Theatre Internship: Named in honor of recently retired Hilhi Drama Teacher Silverna Scott, this internship is available to any junior or senior at Hillsboro High School with an interest in technical theatre. This is a paid internship and is offered once per year. More information can be found online here.
We are pleased to provide detailed study guides for all of our performances! These Study Guides provide lots of great history and background on the shows, along with discussion questions for use in in-class work.
RICHARD III: Bag&Baggage’s Richard III Study Guide
THE BEST OF EVERYTHING: Best of Everything Study Guide
Bronte: Brontë Guide (1)
Box Office Hours:
M/W/F 3:00pm-5:00pm and 1 hour prior to performances
Our Mailing Address/Main Performance Venue
350 E. Main St., Hillsboro, OR 97123