Below is a description of our Artist in Residency Programs. Educators, we would love to infuse your classroom with the power of theatre! Call Jessie at 587-0737 for more info, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a proud history of bring arts to classrooms: During our 2016-2017 season we visited more than 75 classrooms and youth groups and more than 800 students took part in our Artist in Residency programs. We are excited to expand and diversify these programs to reach more schools and students!
There are several ways your students can enjoy theater! Take a look at the options:
Theater From Scratch: Basics of Improvisation
During this series of workshops, your students will develop improv skills such as acceptance of others’ ideas in a scene, addition of one's own ideas into a scene, and character and scene development. Because nothing is planned in improvisation, the children are expanding their imagination and creativity! Thinking on your feet also encourages the students to trust their instincts and to trust themselves, a lesson which is greater than any arts education. After a few days with a class, we often hear from teachers how surprised they are by certain students who have "come out of their shell!"
Improvisation to Storytelling
This series of workshops applies the art of improv to creative storytelling! In fact, the students will create a story together off the tops of their heads developing confidence and communication skills! Ideal for classrooms talking about narrative structure, but great for any classroom!
Classroom Play (available starting Fall 2018)
We can help direct and facilitate a class play. Teachers do a great job of this on their own, but many haven't had any formal training in theatre. With a Verge Theater professional at the helm, the students' notion of theatre broadens. They are taught how to create a character, add subtext to their lines, work the areas of the stage, project their voice as to be heard and stand as to be seen... things we as viewers take for granted when watching a performance. In this setting, our director gets to work with kids for a much longer period of time and the progress they make with character development, confidence and theatrical instinct can astound.
Choose Your Own Adventure (available starting Fall 2018)
If the above options don’t sound ideal for your classroom, let us know. We would love to work with you to design the perfect program for you and your students!
At Verge Theater, we pride ourselves on all of our educational programs. Through a positive learning environment, we hope to excite young people about the arts while building self-esteem and confidence. This enables them to find their true calling in life, no matter what that might be!