We are honored to serve elementary students statewide as part of Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS), managed by the Utah State Board of Education and funded in part by the Utah State Legislature.

Representation is the bedrock of In the Classroom, through which we enhance arts education by providing instruction on the craft and process of playwriting.

Click the app button above to download our free app and stay up-to-date on all our education programs. Or click here to email Education Coordinator Sharah Meservy for more information and to bring our playwriting expertise to your classroom.

Playwriting With Young People

Playwriting with Young People

Learn to create your own play and make finger puppets along the way!

Click here to download the 16-page curriculum along with supporting materials (lesson plans, videos, audio files, and worksheets) in English and Spanish.

K-6 students will meet Core Standards in drama (create, perform/present/produce, respond, and connect). This one-of-a-kind tool strengthens students' writing skills and helps them create and perform their own work. The curriculum is easily adaptable to support any other subject or class project.

Click here to email Education Coordinator Sharah Meservy for more information on our online, self-guided teacher training!

In response to COVID-19

Radio Slam

Four short audio plays, created primarily for students in grades 6-12, premiered May 5-8, 2020 on KUAA 99.9 FM.

Click here to download our free app to listen to all four, 10-minute episodes of RADIO SLAM under the Listen tab, where you'll also find our downloadable "How-To” Guide that will help students in grades 6-12 create their own audio drama (be sure to listen to the two bonus episodes created by middle-school students from Rowland Hall-St. Mark's using our guide)!

Students in grades 6-12: creating your own radio drama is an effective, innovative, isolation-friendly and boredom-fighting way to approach and explore any subject or element of the Core Standards.

Given our decades-long history with creating audio drama, we created a “How To” Guide for students in grades 6-12 to create their own, original radio play at home in response to COVID-19.

Playwriting Residencies

Granite School District, Summer 2019 in collaboration with Gandhi Alliance for Peace, Granite School District and the United Nations Association of Utah: We presented the world premiere of THE POST OFFICE, adapted from Rabindranath Tagore by Melissa Leilani Larson and performed and crewed by students from five high schools, coinciding with the United Nations Civil Society Conference. (Length: Twelve Weeks)

Oakridge Elementary in Granite School District, Spring 2019: as part of Spike 150, we guided a fourth grade class through writing, directing, and performing "The Ten-Mile Day," a short play about the Chinese workers' contribution to the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. (Length: Eight Weeks)

Mary W. Jackson Elementary in Salt Lake City School District in collaboration with Salty Cricket Composers Collective and Clever Octopus, Spring 2018: We worked with all three first grade classes to create short plays celebrating the achievements of Mary W. Jackson. Performances were filmed and the videos were shared with the school community. Fall 2018: We taught basic acting skills to K-5 students. Then each grade level worked together to create short plays complete with costumes, props, scenery, sound effect and live music, which they performed for the school community. (Length: Semester)

Wallace Stegner Academy charter school, Fall 2018: students received the same program we delivered at Mary W. Jackson Elementary in collaboration with Salty Cricket Composers Collective and Clever Octopus, but here it was extended to include grades 6-8. The program continued through Spring 2019 (minus Clever Octopus), resulting in student-written short plays that were then made into short films and shared with the school community. The program continued through the 2019-2020 school year (until school closures due to COVID-19) for grades K-3 in collaboration with Salty Cricket Composers Collective and Rise Up Dance. (Length: School Year)

Utah International Charter School, Winter 2020 (our third consecutive school year): four teaching artists of color worked with 84 students of color in grades 11-12 (from Burma, Cameroon, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Iraq, Kenya, Mexico, Palestine, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) and their English teacher to create and perform original, short scenes and monologues. (Length: Three Weeks)

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