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ACTivate Community Through Theatre

ACTivate Community Through Theatre

Welcome to ACT where we ACTivate communities through theatre classes, workshops and performances for youth, senior and intergenerational communities. We bring our programs to schools, libraries, colleges, retirement communities, nursing homes — anywhere you wish to ACTivate your community through

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Program Description


ACT’s Shakespeare:  Outside the Box workshop is designed to show how Shakespeare’s plays are as accessible to participants and audiences today as they were four hundred years ago. His plays are filled with jealousy, betrayal, war, love and humor. Scenarios include unrequited love (Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night), bullying (Twelfth Night, The Tempest),


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Program Detail

Program type: Residency, Virtual/Online Program, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: American, European, Other
Subject: English, Language Arts, Theatre Arts
Population Served Grade 10, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

25 October 2022  – 1 June 2023

Space / technical requirements:

An open space allowing for students to move freely.  A space where performers/audience are separated.  Desks may be moved to the perimeter of the classroom to allow enough space.


Your School

Fees / Ticketing:

3-day (one hour per class) residency for 2 classes $1200 sequentially * 3-day (one hour per class) residency for 3 classes $1800 sequentially

Students will present their work to their class during three day residencies if requested.   This is a process based residency with not performances.

The cost includes all teaching materials and travel. There is an additional travel fee of $50 per visit for schools outside the Charlotte City limit and $100 per visit for schools outside of Mecklenburg County.

This is a process based residency.


NC Standard Course of Study:

SL1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

SL3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.

SL4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

NC Essential Standards:

4.A.1.2: Critique choices made about characters, settings and events as seen or portrayed in formal and information productions.

3.CU.2.1: Illustrate theatre etiquette appropriate to the performance situation.

2.AE.1.2: Understand how the use of costumes, props and masks enhance dramatic play.

Supporting Materials


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
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


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  • Twelfth Night set in 1969 Woodstock


IMPROVe Language Arts
Beth Deschenes, Olde Providence Elementary School |
Katrina Somsel, Olde Providence Elementary School |

SHAKESPEARE: Outside the Box
Sunny Binder, South Charlotte Middle School |

WE ARE:  Children of the Holocaust
Laura Mecsey Boyce, Mint Hill Middle School |

Cancellation Policy

When schools are closed for inclement weather, ACT will work with the school to reschedule.

Cancellations will be honored at least three weeks prior to the residency. Cancellations made less than three weeks before the start date of the residency will not be accepted and the school or booking party will be charged. Cancellations must be made in writing or by email to:

ACT reserves the right to postpone a class due to illness.