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 […]
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.
Native Spanish-speakers Andrés and Christina of 123 Andrés explore our hemisphere in Spanish and English, as well as ASL. Our friend Juana is missing, and our only clue is that she’s somewhere in the Americas. Equipped with a giant map and several musical instruments, the audience embarks on a search for Juana, learning about geography, culture, and […]
Developed in Brazil by enslaved Africans during the 16th century, the martial art of Capoeira, disguised as a dance and including acrobatics, music, and the Portuguese language, was used as a means to resist oppression in the relentless struggle for freedom. This program led by Leigh Robertson gives students the opportunity to participate in all […]
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, 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]