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STAR Academy Puts On a Play in a Day
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STAR Academy Puts On a Play in a Day

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education. She will be blogging every Thursday throughout the 2014-2015 season. Happy holidays, friends! It’s the holiday season, so naturally I’m getting into the holiday spirit by—in true educator fashion—creating fun and festive curriculum content! It’s the most wonderful time of the year for students of all ages...

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Differentiated Instruction

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education.  This week, Gulfshore Playhouse has been given a new and exciting task:  Differentiated instruction through theatre education. “Differentiated instruction” is a phrase that means that a teacher provides different avenues toward learning the same material, so that students with different methods of learning can be reached equally. ...

Props & Pilgrims
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Props & Pilgrims

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education. She will be blogging every Thursday throughout the 2014-2015 season Happy November, friends! Gulfshore Playhouse’s Education department is happily busy, busy, busy with our ThinkTheatre program this month, visiting schools all over Lee and Collier Counties. A popular theme that keeps popping up in educators’ requests for...

Classroom Drama
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Classroom Drama

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education. She will be blogging every Thursday throughout the 2014-2015 season. There are many ways to create a theatre arts-integrated lesson for the classroom.  There are so many rich theatrical styles that lend themselves beautifully to content curriculum:  Pantomime, role-playing, movement exercises, guided improvisation, and more.  But my...

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Body, Voice, and Mind

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education. She will be blogging every Thursday throughout the 2014-2015 season Body, voice, and mind. Anyone who has ever dabbled in theatre will recognize these as the actor’s essentials; the tools we carry with us everywhere we go.  Props, costumes, sets, lights – all are wonderful gifts to...

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Thinking Theatre

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education.  I listen to NPR.  I listen to it whenever I’m driving, and since I live in Fort Myers, work in Naples and have a fiancé in Ave Maria, I drive a lot.  NPR is my constant car companion. Today, as I was driving into work, NPR was...

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Oh, Freedom

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education. She will be blogging every Thursday throughout the 2014-2015 season. I am an arts educator.  And although I am still very young, I have been blessed to teach in a wide, wide range of students in a wide, wide variety of circumstances.  Every time I teach, I...

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The Teenage Girl

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education. She will be blogging every Thursday throughout the 2014-2015 season. “Catty.” “Gossipy.” “Bossy.” These are some of the words that are frequently ascribed to that much-maligned demographic: The teenage girl. So many negative connotations come to mind when we imagine a typical young woman between the ages...

The Theory of Multiple Intelligences
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The Theory of Multiple Intelligences

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education. The first semester of school is in full swing, and so am I.  I have been teaching a lot lately, both through our after-school STAR Academy programs, and our in-school ThinkTheatre residencies.  Before coming to Gulfshore Playhouse, one of my mentors advised me that I should be careful...

Social Emotional Learning
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Social Emotional Learning

Leah Shaeffer is Gulfshore Playhouse’s Director of Education. She will be blogging every Thursday throughout the 2014-2015 season. Last week, we began our ThinkTheatre in-school residency program with the first two of our over 200 scheduled sessions.  After signing in and presenting the front office with no less than four forms of identification (driver’s license,...