Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap

The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts™ is an internationally respected program that provides innovative arts-based teaching strategies and services to early childhood teachers, caregivers, parents, and their children from 0 to 5 through the disciplines of drama, music, and movement.

The Wolf Trap Institute employs professional artists with experience in working with children. Their specialties include creative dramatics, storytelling, puppetry, instrumental and vocal music, dance, and movement. New artists participate in a comprehensive Wolf Trap training program, and all artists participate in continuing in-service training. Master Teaching Artists regularly conduct teacher and parent training workshops and classroom residencies for early childhood educators nationwide.

Classroom residencies and other collaborations between performing artists and early childhood professionals serve to:

  • enrich and motivate the teacher’s professional development;
  • engage young children in active, creative learning experiences;
  • energize efforts to bring parents and caregivers together into the classroom; and
  • enliven the classroom environment.

As Wolf Trap Institute activities are woven into the curriculum, the arts become a new way of teaching, learning, and knowing.




  227 W. Trade St., Ste. 250, Charlotte, NC 28202




7 Week Residency

Program description

This program is not available for additional bookings.


Goals of Wolf Trap
• To impact student learning through arts integration
• To provide professional development to teachers in their own classrooms with their own students
• To work with teachers and parents to develop methods of making the arts a part of their daily interaction with children

Wolf Trap Model
• Partnership between a professional artist and an early childhood educator
• Preparation for residency includes planning meeting with teacher and teaching artist and classroom observation by teaching artist
• Teacher participation involves being actively involved in creating and leading arts-based activities
• Seven-week residency includes 14 sessions
Partnership Between Teacher and Teaching Artist

The Wolf Trap Institute Residency is a partnership between a Wolf Trap Teaching Artist and an early childhood educator to provide professional development for teachers while helping children learn through active participation.

Classroom experiences in a Wolf Trap Residency will focus on performing arts-based strategies that teachers can use to foster young children’s learning and development.

Classroom experiences in the Residency will support early childhood curriculum goals and outcomes.

Booking / scheduling contact

Kathryn Bentley



Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance, Music, Puppetry, Storytelling
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: Professional Development
Population served: Grade 1, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: Dance, Literacy, Math, Music, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

10/1/19 – 2/7/20

Available times:

to be determined by participating teacher and teaching artist

Length of program: 45 minutes/twice weekly

at participating school in the classroom(s)

Fees / Ticketing:

$1800 per classroom residency in Mecklenburg County.  For surrounding counties, there will be an additional travel fee based on distance.  Contact Kathryn for more details.


NC Standard Course of Study:

R7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

SL2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

SL6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

NC Essential Standards:

From the NC Theatre Arts Essential Standards

K.C.1 Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings.

K.C.2 Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings.

K.A.1 Analyze literary texts and performances.

Specifically: K.A.1.1 Recall the basic parts of a story, such as characters, setting, and events.

1.CU.2 Understand the traditions, roles, and conventions of theatre as an art form.

Specifically 1.CU.2.1 Understand how to use appropriate behavior as an audience member.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes