You’ve got one of THOSE kids. You know…
Maybe even… (gulp)… an ARTIST.

Don’t panic. Send them to Theater Lab.
We WERE those kids. And we tell GREAT stories.

“I started when I was 12 years old, and this program has done nothing short of shape my life. I am a more confident, kind, caring, and diligent young man because of Theater Lab. Theater Lab, still to this day, challenges me, pushes me to new limits and makes me realize the artistic abilities and talents of the people I am proud to call my friends.“ ~Theater Lab Student


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BCT Theater Lab, for youth 12-18 years old, is dedicated to the proposition that students are capable of more than we expect. That they have something to say and that it’s important to listen. We believe that theater makes us all better listeners, communicators, collaborators, and leaders. It teaches the language of empathy. Students make brand new plays from scratch and perform them on the BCT mainstage. It’s unlike anything else in the valley, and it’s a whole lot of fun.

Required auditions for the fall Theater Lab: Mainstage sessions will be held on August 14 and 15th, 2019. Please fill out the online form and have a one minute monologue prepared for your audition.

“I use to think Theater Lab was about writing, performing, and having fun in the process. No, that’s what you do, part of what you do, but not what Theater Lab is about. Theater Lab is about growing as a person. Learning to think in new ways, experience new things, be with new people.” ~Theater Lab Student

Fall Session:

Mondays and Wednesdays, 4pm – 7 pm, September 9 – November 16, $450

Spring Session:

Mondays and Wednesdays, 4pm – 7 pm, March 2 – May 16, $450 (no class 3/23-3/27)


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We’ve expanded our education to Boise’s YOUTHIER side. That’s right… Theater Lab for 6-11 year olds! Our program for younger playmakers have classes that run on Tuesday and Thursday concurrently with our existing Theater Lab. Each five week session will culminate in a performance for family and friends in the BCT Loft. No audition required.

“When I started Theater Lab, I was barely able to talk to my classmates, let alone on stage in front of hundreds of people. Theater Lab forced me to speak my mind, and have confidence in my actions. This program has changed my life and made me into the person I am today.” ~Theater Lab Student

Fall Session:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30pm – 6:30pm, September 10 – October 10, $200

Spring Session:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30pm – 6:30pm, March 3 – April 9, $200


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Professional and adult acting classes

Brand new this year, we are including all the kids at heart! You asked and we listened. That’s right, adult acting classes!

These eight week courses are designed to propel you further in your acting career, taught by one of the most talented local actors, Jessica Ires Morris.

Exploration of Acting – For students of all abilities. This acting class explores the fundamentals of working with a contemporary script – text analysis, character development, physical presence, vocal and speech coaching and preparing for performance. If you are interested in getting back into performance, staying in shape artistically, or trying your hand at live performance, this is a great class for you.

Mondays 7 – 9pm, October 21 – December 9, $200 . SOLD OUT!
Want to get on the waiting list? Email our Director of Education at

Scene Study for the Professional Actor – (Audition only) This class focuses on student or working actors, college level and above. These are performers who have taken other acting courses and performed in plays, and who hope to work/are working with some frequency in the field – although not necessarily solely as performers. You should already have the ability to perform basic text analysis and be familiar with the idea of scene “beats”, objectives, obstacles, and with making strong and committed choices for your character. Actors will showcase their work for the community at the end of the course.

Mondays 7 – 9pm, January 27 – March 16, $200



These short 2-3 hour courses are perfect for diving into a specific area of interest, taught by local professional artists. Look for these upcoming classes!

– Text analysis
– Basics of Directing
– The Business of the business – working as an actor in larger markets
– Movement for the actor – SITI company based workshop for the performing artist


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Get ready for one fun spring break! Learn acting, storytelling and the thrill of playing for an audience in this week-long workshop. Bonus for parents, it’s all day! Camps for ages 6-9, 9-12, and 13-18. No audition required. (A $40 fee will be added for cancellations less than 8 days before the start of camp).

“It was so cool making so many friends and bonding with them. The lab changed my perspective of many things in my life and I ended up being much happier than I was before I started BCT.” ~Theater Lab Student

Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm, March 23-27, 2020, $325


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Have you always wanted to try those playwriting skills solo? Here’s your chance! This class offers insight and guidance from one of the valley’s most sought after playwrights.

We are keeping the class small so you have the opportunity for the most one on one time. At the end of the session, your play will be read by professional actors in a night of staged readings.

(No audition required, limited spaces available).

Thursdays, January 9 – February 20, 4-7pm. Taught by playwright Dayna Smith. $275


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Our summer program is a favorite! Join a small team of student creators in a week-long workshop and conceive, write and record a brand new podcast performance! For ages 12-18.

Monday – Friday, noon – 5pm, June 2020, $325


For more information contact BCT Education Director, Jennifer Stockwell, at or 208-331-9224.