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A Cinderella Story

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education. As Director of Education at Gulfshore Playhouse, there’s always something to be wildly excited about, just around the corner. Between our classes, camps, residencies, and partnerships, there’s always something happening—and there’s always something about to happen! Right now, my mind is spending a lot of time in...

Kabuki and Kyogen and Rakugo, Oh My!
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Kabuki and Kyogen and Rakugo, Oh My!

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education. Any theatre artist will tell you that the longer they work in the arts, the more random skill sets and experiences they acquire. Theatre, particularly, is so flexible and unique that artists who work in the field will inevitably gain some bizarre, off-the-wall areas of expertise. And...

Peter Pan: A Journey to Rewrite
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Peter Pan: A Journey to Rewrite

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education. Lately, I’ve been making a lot of preparations for our STAR Summer Camps.  While many pieces and parts of Gulfshore Playhouse have the chance to rest a bit during the summer, it is the busiest—and, arguably, the most wonderful—time of the year for GP Education! As I’ve...

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Playwrighting Opening Doors

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education.  If you’ve ever known a teenager—or ever been one—odds are, you know how fraught that stage of life can be.  Growing, changing, learning, taking on mounting responsibilities, and planning for the future can be hard to do when you’re still figuring out just who you are. In...

Summer Stars
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Summer Stars

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education. She will be blogging every Thursday throughout the 2014-2015 season. Planning, planning, planning! That is what we’ve been all about over here in Education Land this week at Gulfshore Playhouse. With so much Florida state testing coming up, our ThinkTheatre in-school programs are in high demand in...

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Inclusive Theatre

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education. She will be blogging every Thursday throughout the 2014-2015 season. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog entry called “Breaking Barriers with STAR Theatre Classes” about our new STAR (Student Theatre Artists in Residence) program at River Park Community Center. As promised, this is an...

Another Perspective
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Another Perspective

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education. She will be blogging every Thursday throughout the 2014-2015 season. This month, for the first time, I had the opportunity to do something I had never done before: Watch Gulfshore Playhouse Education’s ThinkTheatre program in action. As Director of Education at Gulfshore Playhouse, you might think it...

Breaking Barriers With STAR Theatre Classes
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Breaking Barriers With STAR Theatre Classes

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education. She will be blogging every Thursday throughout the 2014-2015 season. Last Friday, Gulfshore Playhouse Education began a semester-long program at River Park Community Center. I have been particularly eager to start this program, because it is unlike any that we have undertaken so far. Like many of...

Dig Deeper
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Dig Deeper

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education. I reflect on and advocate for Gulfshore Playhouse’s STAR after-school and ThinkTheatre in-school programs quite a bit. I have had many moving, eye-opening experiences with our students this year; from the Pre-K students in our Head Start ThinkTheatre residencies to the high school playwriting students I meet...

Theatre Speaks In All Languages
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Theatre Speaks In All Languages

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education. She will be blogging every Thursday throughout the 2014-2015 season. One of the best aspects of theatre, in my opinion, is that it is cross-cultural. Theatre can break down barriers of color, nationality, and even language. And so, it made perfect sense to me to establish a...