Established in February of 2011 and originally under the direction of Associate Professor Michael Musial, the Theatre Institute at Sage is dedicated to providing quality live theatre and arts-in-education programming to Capital Region youth, educators and residents. The Institute also provides opportunities for Russell Sage students as performers,  technicians and teachers.

Programs include educational support services for Sage productions (such as in-class preparations, teacher in-services and study guides), a Saturday theatre arts school, camps during school breaks, and several theatre camps during the summer for children ages 5-18.

Currently under the supervision of Managing Director, David Baecker, the Theatre Institute at Sage faculty includes Russell Sage Teacher/Artists-in-Residence Leigh Strimbeck (leave of absence 2018-19 season), David Bunce, Heather Hamelin, Lynne Roblin and William Spencer Musser. Programs are taught by a combination of Sage staff, students and consultants.

Programs take place on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy, which is home to three performance spaces as well as numerous studios and classrooms.

Announcements and recruitment for the Theatre Institute at Sage will be done through a combination of print media, direct mail, social media and Sage website and publications.