Lean Ensemble Theater offers numerous opportunities to engage with our team, other patrons and the community. Lean Forward with Us!

Lean Learning

Education designed to engage our community and empower our learners through dialogue-based, classically inspired, inclusive experiences. Our two primary programs are Learn Forward, focused to benefit youth in the Lowcountry, and Lean Extension, geared specifically to adult learners in our community.

Learn Forward

Learn Forward connects with over 500 area youth each year through diverse and ever-evolving programming. By placing experienced teaching-artists in local schools and after-school organizations we facilitate the development of self-expression, confidence, and discipline via performance. Our one-off workshops and extended residencies include Shakespearean study, devised theatre, solo-performance writing, mock auditions, and more. Learn Forward also provides opportunities for local youth to see professional theatre for free. Lean presents a touring, educational production of a Shakespeare play and offers a free matinee performance of one Main Stage production every season.

Lean Extension

Lean Extension connects live theatre with Lowcountry professionals, retirees, and college students with continuing education lectures, the Actor’s Gymnasium, and a company of college interns.  At the Actor's Gym local adults experience theatrical training in a casual, communal environment curated by the ensemble. Our college interns assist Lean's professional designers and production teams, and receive multiple masterclass style lectures on theatrical design throughout the season.

Get Involved

Put your name on Arts Education! You can become a sponsor of one of our numerous programs or join the cause through our 37 PLAYS Initiative. You will receive naming rights, logo association with the program and oh so much more.  If you’re interested in participating in the Actor’s Gymnasium Events or applying to join our Intern Company please contact Blake White at blake@leanensemble.org.

Actor Taylor Harvey teaches a workshop with local schools as a part of our Learn Forward Program

Actor Taylor Harvey teaches a workshop with local schools as a part of our Learn Forward Program

Oberon from  A Midsummer Nights Dream  at the Boys and Girls Club during Learn Forward's Spring Break-speare Project

Oberon from A Midsummer Nights Dream at the Boys and Girls Club during Learn Forward's Spring Break-speare Project


Join your fellow patrons in helping to keep quality, live theater alive on Hilton Head Island by joining one of the LET giving societies:

--Executive Producer's Circle: $5000

--Producer's Circle: $2500

--President's Circle: $1000

--Director's Circle: $500

--Actor's Circle: $250

--Stage Manager's Circle: $100

Champions Fore Charity

Heritage Champions Fore Charity is an exciting initiative of the Heritage Classic Foundation (HCF) that favorably impacts charitable giving associated with the RBC HERITAGE presented by Boeing. Lean Ensemble Theater is participating in HCF’s matching program which allows 100% of your contribution plus an additional 15% matching gift from the Heritage Classic Foundation to be donated as well. Participation begins at $1000.


37 PLAYS is Lean Ensemble's annual education initiative. It's a way for you to fortify Lean Learning programs, while celebrating the historical and educational significance of William Shakespeare. As a 37 Plays participant, you can “buy” any one of Shakespeare’s plays for the season and in return receive recognition as a supporter of Lean Learning programs. For $500, your name will appear with your Shakespeare play on our website, in our season programs, and in our lobby for the entire year. In addition, every supporter will receive two tickets to the October 11th performance of the Warehouse Theatre's touring production of Othello as presented by Lean Ensemble. 

Join the Inner Circle

Calling all ticket holders! Many subscribers and flex pass holders choose to also join Lean Ensemble Theater as Inner Circle volunteers. Our commitment is to support the company and encourage community participation. Whether backstage‚ in the front of the house‚ or working at a special event‚ LET Inner Circle volunteers have the unique opportunity to assist the theatre and at the same time become a part of the Lean Ensemble family.

New volunteers are vital to our continued success and we offer several ways for you to join us in the Inner Circle.

Inner Circle Volunteer Opportunities include supporting

--Event Planning

--House Management Team

--Public Relations/Program

--Community Collaborations

--Costume/Props acquisition and management


In addition to Inner Circle opportunities, volunteers are also needed for ushering and set construction/painting.

If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, please email us at innercircle@leanensemble.org.

We look forward to welcoming you into the LET family!


Interested in joining our team? To submit your interest to volunteer please fill out the form below. 

Name *

Auditions for the 2019/20 season were held on May 20 on Hilton Head Island and July 11 & 12 in New York City. All roles have been filled. Auditions for the 2020/21 season will be held at a date and location that will be announced in Spring 2020. Please email casting@leanensemble.org if you have any questions.