The World Theatre Project
Instituted in 1984, the World Theatre Project is a 13-week in-school residency program that combines the experience of seeing a live performance of a Shakespeare (or other classical) play with in-depth classroom work for students and professional development for teachers. In this program, students develop reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills as they explore the play they are learning. Through writing exercises and dramatic activities, students interpret the story in their own voices, inspired by the Theatre for a New Audience production, and bring their work to fruition through the creation of an original performance.
The program was designed with the belief that if properly prepared, young people will respond to the timeless themes of classical plays. The Theatre for a New Audience education staff creates a comprehensive curriculum guide for the production on which the program will focus each season. This guide contains 10 artist lessons as well as 10 corresponding teacher lessons, each with their own essential question, lesson aim, vocabulary, and activities. The curriculum guide also contains several useful resources including sample texts, worksheets, and additional activities that teachers may use beyond the scope of the residency. All lessons are hands-on and address the New York City Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Theater, and the New York State Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy (grades 4-12).
World Theatre Project Components Include:
Thanks to the support of various private and public funds, we are able to offer a select number of NYC public schools a subsidy that will cover approximately 70% of the program cost.
For further information regarding our programs, please contact:
|Pictured above: Students of P.S. 235, photo by Gerry Goodstein.|