Theatre Sessions

The theatre component of the Academy combines practical and creative elements to expand the teacher's ability to interpret curriculum in exciting new ways. Arts Integration, Creative Drama and Movement is the focus area for the K – 6 elementary/lower middle theatre sessions. Each day participants will take classes in three areas of study that are especially designed for classroom generalist teachers, librarians, special education, physical education and gifted teachers. Arts Integration will help facilitate the learning process in traditional subject areas. Creative drama will focus on improvisational and non-performance aspects of theatre. A final daily class in movement and dance will be offered. All elementary theatre participants will attend all three classes. The upper middle/secondary theatre sessions (7 – 12) include unique sessions each year in at least three of the following areas: acting, directing, improvisation, criticism, movement, playwriting and technical theatre. Instructors from around the country provide stimulating class sessions that reflect a mix of stage and performance techniques coupled with current trends and the latest research in arts education.  In addition to the theatre sessions, all participants attend performances, musings, special events and other activities.


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Elementary/Lower Middle Theatre

Focus Areas: Arts Integration, Creative Drama, and Movement

Every day, participants will attend each of the classes listed below.


Arts Integration: Creative Learning Across the Curriculum

Instructor: Tamara Goldbogen

This workshop will offer practical techniques for integrating the arts across the curriculum. Through active participation in hands-on activities, teachers will explore strategies for integrating a variety of art forms, including visual art, puppetry, drama, and music, with other core content areas such as language arts and math. No arts experience is needed to enjoy and benefit from this class.


Movement Stories: Linking Dance with Science and Social Studies Content

Instructor: Lynnette Young Overby

These workshops will explore strategies for turning science and social studies content into stories that can be embodied and remembered. For example, the story of the rainforest introduces students to the parts of the rainforest, the animals who reside in the forest, and the importance of preserving the forest. During the sessions, participants will go from experiencing various models to creating their own movement stories.