IN THE CLASSROOM
We believe live theatre enriches and enlivens education and is essential to the development of well-rounded, civically-engaged individuals.
“Theatre, the imagined and enacted world of human beings, is one of the primary ways children learn about life—about actions and consequences, about customs and beliefs, about others and themselves. […] children arrive at school with rudimentary skills as playwrights, actors, designers, directors, and audience members; theatre education should build on this solid foundation.” — The National Standards for Arts Education
“According to a decades-long study, youth who participate in the arts are more likely to be successful in school, college, and career than their peers who did not have arts education. However, the same research indicates a racial gap indicating that arts education is an equity issue and an issue of racial justice in America.” — Americans For the Arts
Spring 2018: Salty Cricket Composers Collective invited us to work with first graders at Mary W. Jackson Elementary, a minority-majority Title I school, to enhance arts education by exposing students to music and theatre with instruction from working professionals.
The collaboration was so successful that it expanded during the 2018/19 academic year to serve more than 1,000 students.
– grades K-6 at Mary W. Jackson Elementary
– grades K-8 at Wallace Stegner Academy, also a minority-majority Title I school.
MORE IN THE CLASSROOM
March-May 2019: we are developing a short play about the Chinese workers’ contribution to the Transcontinental Railroad with 4th graders at Oakridge Elementary.
April 2019: we are taking two short plays from our Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop to Utah International Charter School to share the experience of creating work as artists of color with high school students.
August 2019: we are presenting THE POST OFFICE, adapted from Tagore by Melissa Leilani Larson, August 24-26 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.
And, since 2013, we have served 8,000+ K-6 students at 50 elementary schools in 15 counties annually with our Free Elementary School Tour.