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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 […]

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 […]

Legends, Lore, & Little Cloth Books

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!

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 […]

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.

The Stories All Around Us

Based on his personal journey to discover his family’s history, Jacob Winterstein developed this residency as a way to share his process and help young people connect with their personal history and the stories of those around them. Participants learn the stories of the people in their lives, whether they be family members, caregivers, babysitters, […]

From Page to Stage

In From Page to Stage, students learn to adapt their favorite stories (or create original written work) for a theatrical performance. Participants are guided through the process of script development, beginning acting- both improvisational and with script- and aide teachers in bringing the work to life. Theater vocabulary, discipline and traditions are taught. The From […]

Gargoyles: From Gothic to Grotesque

In Gargoyles: From Gothic to Grotesque, a 3-D artist shows how to create gargoyles using pinch-pot construction and basic hand-building pottery techniques. A storyteller recounts medieval legends and contemporary children’s fiction that inspire the students to write and perform their own myths based on their gargoyle creations.

Poetry and Movement

Combining their artistic disciplines, dancer Michelle Marigliano and poet Eloise Bruce work together to bring poetry and movement into the classroom in Poetry and Movement. Through movement games students will explore elements of dance including space, time and energy and use this exploration as inspiration to create poetry. The Poetry and Movement interactive sessions will […]

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