ThinkTheatre

Our in-school theatre education programs serve thousands of students across Collier and Lee County each year.

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Enrich curriculum with theatre-based techniques designed for your classroom

As educational institutions have been forced over the past 30 years to make difficult choices in curriculum, the result has been the loss of the arts as an educational tool. With the help of local support, national and regional funders, and private benefactors, Gulfshore Playhouse’s ThinkTheatre in-school theatre program 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.

2019-2020 Programs

Gulfshore Playhouse’s ThinkTheatre programs provide excellent educational and theatrical opportunities to schools through arts-integrated residencies that take place in the classroom. They include “The Landscape of Shakespeare;” “Weaving a Tale: Story, Movement, and Music”  “Poetry and Performance;” and “Tales from the Underworld: Exploring Greek Myths.”

Weaving a Tale: Story, Movement, and Music

Intended Age: 2nd – 5th Grade
Standards: Language Arts, Theatre, Music, Dance
*Program Cost: $950 (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.

Tales from the Underworld: Bringing Myths to Life

Intended Age: 6th – 8th Grade
Standards: Language Arts, History, Theatre
*Program cost: $40/ Student (includes residency and ticket to the student matinee performance of your choice)

In this 6-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 see a professional performance and have a talkback with the actors and director.

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

The Landscape of Shakespeare

Intended Age: 9th – 12th Grade
Standards: English, History, Theatre
*Program Cost: $30/ Student (includes residency and ticket to the student matinee performance of your choice)

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 session residency in which Gulfshore Playhouse artists work with students on sonnets and ultimately the presentation of scenes, and a trip to Gulfshore Playhouse to see a professional performance and have a talkback with the actors and director.

Poetry and Performance

Intended Age: 11th – 12th Grade
Standards: Language Arts, Theatre
*Program Cost: $750 (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.

Schedule a Residency

Jeff Binder
Associate Artistic Director

jbinder@gulfshoreplayhouse.org
239-261-7529 ext. 208

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