CRT is proud to partner with various schools and non-profit organizations in order to bring hands-on learning opportunities directly to students in a number of communities. These opportunities can come in the form of residencies, intensives, and workshops.
We will work with your school or organization to create a regular schedule (year-long, semester-long, or month-long) that fits your needs. Our team of teaching artists will work with you to develop a curriculum most suited for your student population. At the culmination of the residency, students will present a final project- typically a fully realized production and/or showcase- for community and family.
Intensives typically last 3-5 consecutive day, often over Spring, Fall, or Summer break. Teaching Artists will spend up to 6 hours per day with students, focusing on a particular theatrical topic (ex: Playwrighting, Musical theatre, Shakespeare), based on student interest. At the culmination of the workshop, participants will present a final showcase for parents/guardians.
For up to two hours, our team of teaching artists will work with students to teach basic theatrical principles, including collaboration, listening and responding, and character-creation.
All residencies, intensives, and workshops are curated and formulated to fit the needs of the specific student population.
These can take place on-site at CRT or our teaching artists can travel to you. For more information, please contact Education Director, Brittni Shambaugh Addison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-658-2540 x227.
Why Theatre Matters
According to the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, involvement in the arts increases student engagement and encourages consistent attendance. In fact, drop-out rates directly correlate with student levels of involvement in the arts.
Students considered to be at high risk for dropping out of high school cite drama and other arts classes as their motivations for staying in school.
Students who participate in the arts are 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance than those who do not.
Additionally, while building social and communication skills overall, involvement in drama courses and performance has been shown to improve students’ self-esteem as well as their confidence in their academic abilities.
High school students who are highly involved in drama demonstrate an elevated self-concept over those who are not involved.
Playwriting original works and dramatic presentation of existing works can help to build the self-esteem and communication skills of school-aged students.
The act of performing can help students and youth recognize their potential for success and improve their confidence.