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School Residencies

Theater J offers classroom residencies for K-12 students. These programs are led by professional artists and offer students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of topics in English, social studies, and history through art. Each residency is tailored to the needs of the class, and residencies may be one session or may last for up to 10 sessions and culminate in a presentation for friends, family, and the school.

School residencies involve:

  1. A meeting with the classroom teacher, Theater J staff, and visiting artists
  2. A session or series of sessions in which students learn various art techniques and use those techniques to create a final product
  3. An ongoing dialogue about the residency
  4. A final evaluation

Elementary School Residencies

Move Through Time! (1-10 Sessions)
We learn first through our bodies, and narrative movement teaches spatial relations, coordination, and expression while encouraging teamwork and social-emotional learning. This arts residency gives K-6 students a deeper understanding of a historic or cultural event as the class learns to depict it through movement and music. MOVE THROUGH TIME can be adapted to the content of the classroom teacher’s choice, but sample curriculum includes the discovery of electricity, the first moon landing, and myths and legends of ancient Egypt. Meets content standards for history, social studies, and theatre arts.

Middle and High School Residencies

SOLO SLAM (3-10 Sessions) is an opportunity for students to learn to create and perform a slam poem based on the theme of identity. In this three-part class, students will explore examples of poems and solo movement pieces, discuss the meaning of identify, and choose a story from their own lives that they will present in slam poem form about an identity- defining moment in their lives. The first day will focus on theme, ensemble development, and brainstorming. The second day will focus on creation and development of material. On the third day, students will revise and perform the drafts of their poems. Material will be developed through movement, improvisation, and acting and writing activities. SOLO SLAM meets content standards for middle school and high school in both theatre arts and English.

Costume Design: Rise of the Superhero (1-3 Sessions)
The world’s most famous superheroes were designed by Jewish immigrants after World War II. This residency explores the history of the creation of comic books, the nature of an alter ego, and how superhero stories serve as both allegories and as a way to process events and emotions.  In this three-day residency, students learn to identify metaphor and symbolism through the elements of line, color, and texture and discuss how to establish a character and tell a story through costume design. Finally, using a basic two-dimensional form, they work with a professional theatrical costume designer to envision and draw an original comic-book-based superhero costume. THE RISE OF THE SUPERHERO meets content standards in history, visual art, English, and Holocaust studies.

For more information and pricing, please contact Hester Kamin, Education Programs Manager.

Theater J school programs are made possible by the Robert M Fisher Memorial Foundation Theater for Youth Fund, the Shapiro Family Foundation, and Share Fund.