In addition to their provocative performances, the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ also conducts engaging workshops that get students on their feet to perform Shakespeare’s text. While the performances engage, educate, and enlighten, the workshops make the experience more personal. Together, they transform Shakespeare from merely words in “some old book” to a fun, easily understood and accessible […]
Rooted in the hip hop aesthetic and break beat poet tradition, students will unearth their personal stories and the stories of those around them through a series of exploratory writing and performance exercises designed to capture who they are, where they come from, and how they see the world.
Five actors play a vibrant cast of characters and breathe life into this delightful tale from the Brothers Grimm. A feisty tailor kills seven flies in one blow! Impressed with his accomplishment, he sets off to make his fortune. Faced with a series of challenges, he uses courage and intelligence to defeat nasty giants, conquer […]
Rebecca Kelly creates a medley of folklore, legends, and poems that inspire inspire the creation of cloth books. Students embroider and embellish these tiny treasures with thread, fabric, and found objects. This little treasure trove of a book can be adapted to many curricular areas!
This dynamic program walks students through the exciting world of hip-hop songwriting as they write verses about subjects they study in class. Students are introduced to the Bomani Armah wRiting System and receive in-depth instruction on elements of creative writing, using simile, metaphor, and rhyme to structure a song written in the pattern of a […]
Hip Hop songwriter and poet Bomani explores the fun process of writing by employing techniques used when composing hip hop poems and song lyrics. Whether it’s rhyming, revising, or editing, the process of writing is universal! Students will be inspired to create their next song, poem, or essay using the skills Bomani imparts to them. […]
This dynamic STEAM program utilizes storytelling to present algebra concepts in a creative and imaginative way, offering students a different perspective to approaching algebra. Students apply the elements of black storytelling to create their version of a story told by master storyteller TAHIRA. The students’ retelling allows them to make unique choices to shape the […]
David Gonzalez presents Jazz Orpheus – the classic Greek tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice set to scat-jazz and dynamic movement, and Three Whiskers of a Lion, a trans-national mash-up that conjures compassion from chaos. Performed to acclaim on Broadway, Jazz Orpheus is a passionate theatrical piece that offers up a poetic, and swinging, vision of […]
In his program Word Play, Alden Phelps combines a high-energy collection of far-fetched, funny songs and impressive guitar playing to delight every audience. In this reading and music assembly, students sing along with original songs such as: “When They Make Me President” “My Brother’s Got an iPod Totally Attached to His Head” “The Mysterious Island […]
When glistening Sister Rain becomes jealous of shining Brother Sun and stops watering the Earth, wise Mother Nature must step in to save the day. In this musical tale, students interact with large, beautifully crafted rod puppets, as well as colorful sets and costumes, discovering that we must all work together to help our Earth […]