The Lyric Stage Company of Boston | About Lyric First Stage

About Lyric First Stage

Lyric First Stage 

Lyric First Stage is our summer program for young artists designed to create an environment where, with professional mentors, a company of enthusiastic teens can explore ideas through text, music and movement, and refine their confidence and artistry in a series of workshops and a repertory theatre production experience.


Watch now to go behind the scenes of a Lyric First Stage summer!


Program Director Peter A. Carey leads a group of professional theatre artists and educators to work with a company of young artists. At the end of five weeks, Lyric First Stage presents two plays in repertory at The Lyric Stage Company of Boston: a Shakespearean classic and a musical. We look to the professional theatre world for a model of what we expect from the participants, and what they learn to expect from themselves. All acting participants will be cast in both the musical and the Shakespeare productions - a great way for young actors to challenge themselves and learn new skills.


The Young Artist Company performs


We welcome young artists aged 14-20 to enroll. Prior theatre experience is not required, but all participants should be willing to take on the responsibilities of being a part of intensive 5 week program. Anyone interested in participating should be self motivated, and engaged. The program is open to participants in acting and stage management. If you’d rather work behind the scenes and learn how a play gets produced, this is the place!  As a stage manager, you will work with a professional in the field to explore and expand your understanding of the back-stage elements of theatrical production.


Lyric First Stage 2016

Lyric First Stage 2016 will mark our twelfth summer providing young artists with a professional theatre experience on the main stage of the Lyric. Information about our upcoming summer will be available at a later date. Please check back for updates.

For more information about Lyric First Stage, please contact Shanna Heath, Digital Media and Education Manager, at

The Young Artist Company performs

Where We Come From

Over the past ten summers, Lyric First Stage has enjoyed participants from the following cities, towns, and countries:

Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Braintree, Brockton, Brookline, Cambridge, Concord, Dorchester, Dover, Framingham, Hamilton, Hyde Park, Holliston, Jamaica Plain, Lexington, Lincoln, Medford, Methuen, Milton, Needham, Newburyport, Newton, Peabody, Quincy, Randolph, Reading, Sharon, Tewksbury, Wakefield, Wellesley, Weston, Westwood, and Wilmington. Plus: Bulgaria, Israel, Jericho VT, Mexico, and Potomac MD.