2017-2018 PROGRAMS

“Thank you for making a major difference in the lives of our students. You brought knowledge to our pond, and that knowledge has made ripples in our lives.”
– Teacher from Naples High School

ThinkTheatre pairs core curriculum with performing arts education. Professional teaching artists partner with classroom teachers to create unique residencies designed to benefit the particular student group of each class. This model allows ThinkTheatre to best reach the unique set of learners participating in each session.

This year, we are pleased to offer five unique programs.

Financial aid available – please CLICK HERE or contact hkamin@gulfshoreplayhouse.org

2017-2018 Programs
The Landscape of Shakespeare

Intended Age: 9th – 12th Grade
Standards: English, History, Theatre
*Program Cost: $25/ Student (Includes residency and ticket to Julius Caesar.)

Students learn to approach Shakespeare from a theatre angle: breaking down text, working with rhythm, and engaging with language in the particular way that actors learn to make the language come to life for scene work, auditions, and performances. The program has two parts: a 6- 10  session residency (depending on class length) in which Gulfshore Playhouse artists work with students on sonnets and ultimately the presentation of scenes, and a trip to Gulfshore Playhouse to see Julius Caesar and participate in a talkback with the actors and director.


“Thank you again for a wonderful three weeks. I and my students continue to reap the benefits of associating with you. I still refer to your excellent lessons in class.”

–Teacher from Barron Collier High School

Tales from the Underworld: Bringing Myths to Life

Intended Age: 6th – 8thth Grade
Standards: Language Arts, History, Theatre
*Program cost: $35/ Student (Includes residency and ticket to Scapin)

In this 10-session residency, each class will select a myth to research, present, and perform as an ensemble. Students work in small groups to explore imagery, story, symbol, and character and develop an artistic response to the myth through original writing from different points of view. Finally, they will develop their own version of the myth and use Greek chorus technique to create a final play for their families and friends. This residency culminates in a trip to Gulfshore Playhouse to study professional actors creating archetypes and using Greek chorus technique in Moliere’s famed comedy Scapin.

This residency can be adapted to be suitable for middle school or high school students.

Weaving a Tale: Story, Movement, and Music

Intended Age: 2nd – 5th Grade
Standards: Language Arts, Theatre, Music, Dance
*Program Cost: $900 (12 Sessions)

Students learn to work as a group as they analyze and perform a short play based on a book that is meaningful to their age group and learn songs and dances that help tell the story. Recent plays include The Lorax and The Velveteen Rabbit. This popular 12-session residency culminates in a public performance for family and friends.


“The residency made a huge difference in the dynamics of the classes: they seem so much more together. You had a way of giving them little jobs and saying to them – hey I know you can handle this…let me give you a little more to do. What a difference that made when you gave them encouragement. They truly bloomed!!”

–Teacher from Donahue Academy

Poetry and Performance

Intended Age: 11th – 12th Grade
Standards: Language Arts, Theatre
*Program Cost: $700 (8 Sessions)

This program is an opportunity for students to meet Language Arts standards through studying contemporary poetry, writing poems, and learning to perform their own written and improvised (spoken-word) poetry. The 8-session program concludes with a poetry slam in which students compete for prizes.



The time I felt out of place
was when I started cheerleading
and didn’t know how to do anything
like a kid running around
mimicking the crowd.
Everyone knew how to cheer
and I was just learning.
Years later
I know how to tumble
just like everyone around me.

–Poetry and Performance Student

AND INTRODUCING In Flight: The Story of Sabine van Dam

Intended Age: 5th – 8th Grade
Standards: History, Social Studies, Language Arts, Theatre
*Program Cost: $750 (per grade level)
*Program and 3- Session Residency Cost: $1000 (per grade level)

At four years old, Sabine was living happily with her parents, sister, and beloved housekeeper Nana in a beautiful house in the Hague. One morning, her mother told her to put on every piece of clothing and jewelry she owned, and the family walked out and shut the door behind them, never to return. In Flight is a tale of climbing barbed wire to cross borders, hiding in abandoned houses, and the triumph of Sabine’s luminous spirit in the face of terror, betrayal, and devastation.

In Flight is a collaborative project between Gulfshore Playhouse and the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida. This 45-minute program is designed to fit into a classroom period and will include three components: a theatre performance, an interactive activity, and a discussion. First, a small group of actors will play all roles in a 25-30 minute theatre piece that depicts Holocaust survivor Sabine van Dam’s journey from 1939-1945. The play will be presented in a simple way with no scenery and minimal props and costumes. It will be followed by an interactive activity based on the work of theatre master Augusto Boal, who used his expertise in theatre to develop audience engagement techniques that addressed conflict resolution and opened community dialogue. The students will have the opportunity to ask the actors to go back into scenes and make different decisions.  The actors will then improvise those scenes based on the audiences’ suggestions. Some students may have the opportunity to come up on stage and play out their suggestion with the actor (s).  The presentation will end with a reflection on the audiences’ observations of the activity and a discussion about courage and about how we make choices.

*Financial aid is available for schools and students in need.

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To schedule a ThinkTheatre program, please contact Hester Kamin, Director of Education, at (239) 261-7529 x207 or at hkamin@gulfshoreplayhouse.org.

Financial aid available – please CLICK HERE or contact hkamin@gulfshoreplayhouse.org

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