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Elvis Costello and The Onelies backstage at The Paramount Theatre
Elvis Costello performed with The Onlies, More Music @ The Moore alumni.

Deepening artistic understanding

“I learned that if you push yourself, you can do things you never thought you could do.” - Education & Community Programs participant, age 16

“The most valuable information my teacher gave me was to lift up and dance from my soul.” - Education & Community Programs participant, age 16



STG invites community artists and students to fully engage with STG performances by receiving instruction from world-renowned international, national and regional artists. Past artists have included musical greats Wynton Marsalis and Bobby McFerrin; dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Batsheva Dance Company; the creative team from the Tony award winning musical “Light in the Piazza”; actors from the Gate Theatre of Dublin; the women of Voices of Strength; Zakir Hussain and Clifton Davis.


Artists discuss and demonstrate the music, dance or performance style that will be presented, providing patrons deeper insight into the art form. Previous artists have included Grand Kabuki Theatre of Japan; actors Brian Dennehy and Lynn Redgrave from “The Exonerated;” dancers from Mark Morris Dance Group and Savion Glover; Dance Theatre of Harlem; and composers Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass.


Audiences view performances through a new lens, interacting with artists and learning more about the artistic process related to the creation of the works. Recent programs have featured The Shins; Donald Byrd, choreographer of “The Color Purple” and Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater; house organist Dennis James; Hubbard Street Dance Chicago artistic director Jim Vincent; cast members from “The Lion King”; and filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles.


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Students and community members get a behind-the-scenes view of what goes into professional performances. Programs include discussion of technical, business and artistic aspects of the performances and a chance to interact with the artists and their technical crews. Participants in recent years include Zakir Hussain, Seattle Rock Orchestra, Bolshoi Ballet, Ramsey Lewis, Ronald K. Brown, Wynton Marsalis, Lila Downs, Linda Rondstadt with Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Wayne Shorter, Heart, Cake, Zoe Keating and the Black Eyed Peas.


Prior to select Broadway and STG Fine Arts Season performances, supporters, subscribers, and Paramount Club members are invited to a discussion on the themes of the following show. Inspired by the power that the arts have to conjure our imagination, STG unravels the richness of these experiences by taking you Beyond the Curtain. Each Beyond the Curtain event features a community guest speaker, complimentary wine, and a chance for community conversation. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Digital Education Program: Journey So Close

Prior to attending The Actor’s Gang’s The New Colossus on February 20th, students created essays, poems, and monologues that were inspired by their own ancestral immigration stories or a story that was appealing to them.

These are the videos of their projects:

For information any of our upcoming master classes, lectures/demonstrations, discussions, open rehearsals and sound checks, please visit our Education and Community Programs Calendar and our Student Matinees page.