Education at Proctors

Our mission: Through arts and community leadership be a catalyst for excellence in education, sustainable economic development and rich civic engagement to enhance the quality of life in the greater Capital Region.

For more than 30 years, Proctors has cultivated audiences of all ages through a vibrant arts education program. In 2014, we expanded that initiative to align with the organization’s mission and strategic vision under a School of the Performing Arts, one of the most ambitious such departments in the country. The school encompasses Proctors, Capital Repertory Theatre and Universal Preservation Hall and serves over 45,000 patrons annually. All programs are developed in direct response to community need and emphasize collaborations with school districts, artists, arts organizations, and other regional partners, with a special focus on the Creative Workforce.

In addition to presenting a series of diverse performances for the community, this division of Proctors also hosts community events, summer arts training programs, in-school and after school programs, internships, artists residencies and a varied mix of career training opportunities. These programs are held to the highest standard in Arts in Education and undergo continuous review to ensure the content and quality that you have come to expect from Proctors, continues to be delivered with the most significant impact possible.

The vision of the School of the Performing Arts is to provide extensive performing arts opportunities with instruction by regional and national professionals to inspire and cultivate career paths in the creative fields.

Proctors has designated a special priority on career training and workforce exploration programs to meet the need for skilled artists, technical crews and administrators in the performing arts in the Capital Region. Our programs provide a host of opportunities for young people, college students and young professionals to get hands on experience in thriving professional theatres. We often say, for every one performer on stage, there are dozens of artists offstage, supporting this work. A village of creatives: designers, engineers, builders, technicians, earning a living at the cutting edge of art, design, performance and technology. This is where Proctors and our affiliate organizations endeavor to make connections for aspiring students of the creative fields.

As we grow into two exciting new venues in 2019: Capital Repertory’s new theatre in Albany and Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga, we will look for relevant connections to each vibrant community. This will include a special focus on youth theatre, developing new work, and programs that offer our youngest audiences their very first experience with live performance. We hope this is the spark that kindles a lifelong love of the arts and that these children will continue to come back for many other opportunities in each of our organizations through the years.