Theatre to Learn

Artist: Summer Dawn

Type: Professional Learning

Program Availability: In-Person, Virtual


In this professional learning program educators will be introduced to the skills and knowledge of theatre. Educators experience a process that takes them from exploring improvisational creative teaching strategies to writing and sharing creative work inspired by a language arts text or theme. The workshop will illuminate opportunities for educators to encourage text to self-connections by prioritizing the lived experiences of students. The creative process can be used by educators to help them better understanding of culturally responsive teaching and learning. SEL core competencies of perspective taking, empathy, respecting diversity, understanding societal norms, and recognizing community supports will be central to the creative process, while also laying foundations for responsible decision making and relationship skills.


In-Person or Virtual

Recommended Participants

  • Educators
  • Arts Specialists

Learning Intentions

Educators will:

  • Experience the skills and knowledge of theatre.
  • Engage with different reading comprehension and/or writing techniques.
  • Make connections to the lived experiences of students.
  • Create and assess original improvisational experiences and original scripts.
  • Reflect and provide meaningful feedback.

YA Connections

  • NJSLS-VPA: Artistic Process; Creating; Anchor Standard 1: Conceptualizing & Generating Ideas
  • Artistic Process; Responding
  • Anchor Standard 7: Perceiving and Analyzing Product; Artistic Process: Connecting
  • Anchor Standard 11: Relating artistic ideas and works within societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
  • Culturally Responsive Practice
  • Social Emotional Learning

Professional Standards for Educational Leaders

  • Standard 3: Equity & Culture
  • Standard 4: Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

Price & Info


Workshop Cost per Day: $1400

Additional Fees: In-Person Program Travel Fee - $95 per day; Virtual Program Technology Fee - $45; (On-Demand programs are not charged travel or tech fees)


Audience Limit: 25

Program Length: (1) 90-min Session (Additional time available at $300/hour)

Workshop Minimum # of Days: 1

Appropriate For Grade(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th



Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Connections


SEL: Social Emotional Learning