August 24-26, 2019: we present THE POST OFFICE, adapted from Rabindranath Tagore by Melissa Leilani Larson and performed and crewed by students from five high schools, in partnership with Gandhi Alliance for Peace, Granite School District and the United Nations Association of Utah, coinciding with the United Nations Civil Society Conference.
We are honored to serve elementary students statewide as part of the Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS), managed by the Utah State Board of Education and funded by the Utah State Legislature.
Students in Salt Lake County currently have the opportunity to participate in our In the Classroom residency program, through which we send teaching artists into classrooms to help students create and perform their own short plays in various ways as detailed below:
Mary W. Jackson Elementary in Salt Lake City School District in collaboration with Salty Cricket Composers Collective and Clever Octopus (2017-2018), 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.
Wallace Stegner Academy charter school (2018-2019, 2019-2020), 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 continues through the 2019-2020 school year for grades K-3 in collaboration with Salty Cricket Composers Collective and Rise Up Dance.
Utah International Charter School (2018-2019), Spring 2019: we performed two short plays from the Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop and discussed creating work as artists of color with four classes, grades 9-12, that included students from Somalia, Burundi, Burma, Thailand, Nepal, Iraq, South Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Palestine, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Egypt, Chad, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Oakridge Elementary in Granite School District (2018-2019), 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.