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Write Now!

This high energy, participatory program explores the often forgotten element of creative writing: spontaneity! Freestyle Repertory Theatre encourages audience volunteers get involved in the whimsy and fun of creating characters and settings off the tops of their heads. They see how plot unfolds through changes and what happens next. Three dynamic artists teach about physical […]

Story SELabration

In this interactive program, Queen Nur embraces Social Emotional Learning through storytelling. Using folktales and original stories from around the world, the audience participates in call and response stories that teach self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. This program features live drumming accompaniment.    

Shakespeare All Day

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 […]

Between the World and Me

Rooted in the hip hop aesthetic and break beat poet tradition, this Josh Campbell workshop explores the intersection of identity, culture, history, and current events through a series of improvisational theatre and acting exercises that lead students to create original spoken word poems, monologues, one minute scenes, and plays to deepen their understanding of social […]

B.A.R.S.

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 […]

BabaGotB.A.R.S.

This upbeat and active multi-media assembly explores the fun process of hip hop songwriting while comparing it to the practical skill of essay writing. Through the use of positive music videos and song lyrics, students are introduced to the artist’s special “Bomani Armah wRriting System” and are encouraged to find and create art that reflects […]

Creating a Comic-Themed Mural

Limited Availability Using the STEM design process, award-winning author/illustrator Kevin Pyle leads the co-design and painting of a content-connected comic-themed mural. He will introduce students to the visual storytelling tools unique to comics and info-graphics and utilize those tools to incorporate educational content in a fun and engaging mural. This program incorporates language arts standards […]

Almanacro

In this exhilarating workshop with Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, students learn to overcome physical and mental boundaries, exercise their creative abilities, and cooperate with others through techniques of movement, storytelling, and partner balancing. Working individually, in groups, and as a class, students invent new body shapes, learn basic acrobatic skills, and play games that will […]

Storytelling & Literacy

Students tell stories in the oral tradition with Queen Nur using hands-on exercises that engage voice, tone, facial expression, and body movement. They learn the structural and performance elements of storytelling while collaborating with classmates to create group stories. A multi-day residency enriches the students’ experience through deeper connections with the Language Arts standards as […]

Book Arts

This exploration inspires students to create their own books. Styles include pop-up, envelope accordion, origami, and marbleized covers. Each book is personalized using drawing, painting, and collage and can be used to hold students’ poetry, short stories, and artwork. Book styles can be tailored by age group and length of time.

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