Mission and Impetus
Education programs at the Lyric Baltimore are theater and writing-based and support the voice, agency, and creativity of Baltimore area students in grades 5th through 12th. Program participants receive acting and theater training afterschool and write original theater works performed either at the Lyric or at their workshop site. For many students, attendance at a student matinee will be their first opportunity to see a professional theatrical performance. Unfortunately, only 8% of Baltimore City high school students and 15% of students in grades 5th-8th receive weekly instruction in theater. The Lyric’s education programs fill a much-needed instructional gap. Plus, seeing a theater production in a grand, professional venue, helps students gain a visceral understanding of the work and creativity required to develop a meaningful, entertaining production as they create their own original performances.