WE ARE: CHILDREN OF... Series
ACT’s ‘WE ARE: Children of…’ Series is a program designed to educate, enlighten, empower, activate curiosity and involve fourth to eighth grade students in a theatre arts experience as they concurrently learn and write about children in history. For example: Children of the Civil Rights Movement, Children of the Revolutionary War, Children of Famous Presidents, Children of the French Revolution, Children of the Roman Empire, ‘Children of Kindness’ etc. Activities involving voice, movement, concentration, ensemblizing, character creation and improvisation are used as well as historical research, reading, writing and problem solving. Students immerse themselves into the lives of children in history through exposure to relevant historical information, stories, visuals and then use their experiences to write short monologues, dialogues, poems or scenes to perform for their classmates. We will design a ‘WE ARE: Children of…’ curriculum specifically for a residency in your school.
“The very nature of theatre arts addresses all of the 4 C’s. Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication are natural partners in theatre education. Additionally, the (SEL), social emotional learning categories of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship and responsible decision making skills are ever present in theatre education. I have always used the Socratic Method when teaching (and directing) theatre classes as I involve the participants in questioning the ‘why’ we do the activities we do and after each class I ask the group ‘What went well today?’ ‘What could have gone better?’ I ask them what my most important rule is in class? (Kindness). Theatre arts involves trust, innocence, courage, imagination, give/take, listening & responding and working together.” Please look at the final evaluation from a class during my Project Lift residency. https://actartisticdir1.wixsite.com/my-site-1 on the Education/Playwright page.
Dr. Wrenn Goodrum, ACT Artistic Director
Five day residencies may culminate with a presentation provided the school has a sound system.
WEBSITE for Activate Community Through Theatre www.activatecommunitythroughtheatre.com