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Residency Programs and Workshops

Residencies and Workshops provide teachers with engaging programing that ignites kids’ imaginations and gets them excited about learning, and with merger, the organization is better equipped to work with all ages of young people—from early childhood and school readiness through high school math and humanities.

 

Discover Drama

WORKSHOP and RESIDENCY programs available.
Grades PreK–12 | Price varies by program. Call for info.

Students participate in character- & story-driven theatre exercises in fun, energetic workshops that develop foundational acting techniques. The program may be expanded into a multi-session residency to suit specific grade levels and curricula, including an optional culminating performance. This program can be adapted to suit any age and many different disciplines.

Readiness Adventure

WORKSHOP: Grade PreK | $125/session, 18 students max.

Construction Site: There’s a lot to do on the construction site: fix a sign, count the bricks, and sort some mixed up materials. Luckily, there’s a new construction crew ready to help: you! Teaching Artists, students, and classroom teachers enter the world of pretend to become characters—construction workers—and act out a story filled with challenges that build school readiness skills.

Early Childhood Skills-Building Residency

RESIDENCY: Grade PreK | $2000/classroom, 20 students max. (10 hrs.)

Children use creative expression to act out a story guided by our Teaching Artists. Through pretend play, students experience social, emotional and academic growth – activating school readiness skills. Choose from:

Jack & the Beanstalk:
Kids help Jack save the day as they climb together into an enchanted world of exciting characters and strange happenings. This story is active, filled with problems to solve, overcoming fears, and a surprising ending.

Little Red Hen:
Kids endeavor to make bread with the Little Red Hen by caring for and processing grain, asking for help from reluctant neighbors and winding up in a gentle confrontation on feelings, choices, and behaviors.

 StoryTime 

WORKSHOP:  Grades PreK-1  |  $125/session per classroom*

A lively storytelling program that uses interactive listening and the tradition of oral storytelling to build comprehension and language development—skills vital to early literacy. Children practice focused attention from a seated position and participate imaginatively, contributing sound and movement under the guidance of the storyteller.

Movement for Stories

WORKSHOP:  Grades K-3  |  $250/hr. per classroom*

english:  In this immersive workshop, a Teaching Artist shares an original tale—transforming any classroom into an active learning environment where students become the characters, from rambunctious elves to underwater creatures!

spanish: Teaching Artists guide students in playing characters in Spanish language stories that build vocabulary and grammar including greetings, colors, parts of the body, members of the family, and more! Tales are from the European, Latin American, and the Huichol traditions.

Exploring Bullying Behaviors Through Drama 

WORKSHOP: Grades 3–12 | $500/per classroom* (2 hrs.)
RESIDENCY: Grades 3–12 | $200/hr. per classroom* (3+ hrs.)

Students examine both obvious and subtle bullying behaviors by employing a range of drama games, group discussion, and creative role play. By using acting skills to inhabit situations, students learn proactive responses to defuse bullying while also uncovering their own connections to this topic.

Connecting Cultures

RESIDENCY: Grades 6–12 | $200/hr. per classroom* (10+ hrs.)

The objectives of the program are to identify & analyze stereotypes, strengthen emotional literacy, and build community. Participants build trust & teamwork through theatre activities, learn elements of drama, and focus on written & verbal storytelling.

Exploring History Through Drama

WORKSHOP:  Grades 4-8  |  $250/hr. per classroom*

Support almost any history unit with an interactive theatre workshop where students use their imaginations to analyze the characters and events they’re studying.

RESIDENCY:  Grades 4-8  |  $1600/classroom* (8 hrs.) 

Bring historical figures and events to life! This residency engages creative problem solving as students craft and perform episodes from their curriculum.

Exploring Astronomy Through Drama

RESIDENCY: Grades 6  |  $1200/classroom* (6 hrs.)

Students participate in interactive theatre games that reinforce their science curriculum. The residency culminates in performances of student-created scenes that identify misconceptions about Earth and the Universe and are intended to educate peers about important astronomy concepts and how they give rise to seasons, day and night, the phases of the moon, and other familiar phenomena.

Contact us about additional science programs or opportunities to develop pilot programs.

Zombie Math

RESIDENCY: Grades 6-12  |  $1600/classroom* (8 hrs.)

Students explore the real-world applications of mathematics, beginner or advanced, by writing and performing original scenes that educate peers about how the math they’re learning in school could one day save their lives. Younger students experience a land before time, where their math skills are the only thing standing between them and a hungry pack of raptors or a stampeding herd of Diplodici. Older students imagine how math could one day save their lives in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

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