Student & Teacher Programs
TheatreSquared's program for students and teachers, T2 for Education, offers touring professional performances, professional development for educators, an in-school literacy intervention program, and deeply discounted student performances in the regular season.
ARKANSAS SCHOOLS TOUR
TheatreSquared's Arkansas Schools Tour is designed to bring live theatre and hands-on workshops to Arkansas high schools, with a particular focus on communities that lack access to the arts and arts-based curricula. Through the tour, students in grades 7-12 experience a 45-minute performance and immersive in-school workshops led by T2’s professional artists. For many, it represents a first experience with professional theatre and theatre-based learning techniques. The program is offered at no cost to participating schools.
In the 2014/15 Season, the tour reached more than 70 high schools and 16,000 students and their teachers throughout Arkansas.
Lead partners for TheatreSquared's Arkansas Schools Tour include the Arkansas Arts Council, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation.
TheatreSquared is actively seeking to expand the Arkansas Schools Tour to additional high schools throughout the state, at no cost to participants. If you are interested involving your class or school, please use the online form to contact Morgan Hicks, Director of Education and Program Development.
T2 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
Each summer, the Theatre offers the week-long T2 Professional Development Institute, conferring up to 24 hours of Arkansas professional development units in partnership with the University of Arkansas. The institute is an immersive series of workshops, led by professional artists and pedagogy experts, on applying drama-based teaching across the curriculum. Teachers from multiple disciplines will learn and share strategies to bring theatre techniques to the classroom, promoting active learning that engages students of all backgrounds.
Registration is now open for the summer 2016 T2PDI, offered July 5-8 at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain.
WORD/PLAY LITERACY INITIATIVE
In 2010, funded by a two-year, $25,000 seed grant from Fayetteville Community Foundation’s Happy Hollow Fund, T2 inaugurated a partnership with Fayetteville High School’s literacy intervention program for sophomores. T2 staff, FHS educators and Dr. David Jolliffe, Brown Chair of English Literacy at the University of Arkansas, designed a semester-long playwriting curriculum called “Word/Play” to help excite students about writing and reading aloud. T2 teaching artists led six in-school workshops scheduled throughout the semester, and professional actors visited the school to perform an original 45-minute work designed to be informative, fun and engaging. As the final component of the project, students worked collaboratively in class to write and rehearse their own ten-minute plays, and traveled to the theatre to perform them for an audience of family and peers.
In 2011, with the support of the Arkansas Arts Council, TheatreSquared launched a partnership with seven schools in the Arkansas Delta Region—including Augusta, Wynne, McCrory, Brinkley, Newport, Bald Knob and Riverview high schools—to create a comprehensive and flexible Word/Play Workbook for educators, with the goal of integrating the new curriculum into English classrooms in the region in 2012. In 2013, the theatre extended its partnership with the Arts Council to adapt the Word/Play Workbook for use in ESOL, or English for Speakers of Other Languages, classrooms in Northwest Arkansas, beginning with Springdale High School.
TheatreSquared is actively seeking to expand the Word/Play program to additional high schools throughout the state. If you are interested involving your class or school, please use the online form to contact Morgan Hicks, Director of Education and Program Development.
STUDENT GROUP TICKETS
2015/16 SEASON ONLY: TheatreSquared is partnering with the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform to sponsor special performances for student groups, free of charge. Please contact Morgan Hicks if your school group would like to be considered to participate in this program.
Subsidized tickets are also available during regular season performances. Through charitable sponsorships and individual support, TheatreSquared is able to offer groups of junior high and high school students deeply subsidized single ticket prices — discounted up to 75% from single ticket prices. Student group prices apply to the following performances:
Wednesday, 7:30pm; Thursdays, 7:30pm; Saturdays, 2:00pm; Sundays, 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Special weekday matinee performances for field trips may also be scheduled upon request for groups of 75 students or more.
With each production, TheatreSquared offers free teacher workshops and complimenary teaching materials to extend the experience beyond the theatre and into the classroom. Teachers will receive lesson plans and classroom handouts.
TheatreSquared offers affordable in-school student workshops led by professional artists on topics ranging from reading text through theatre, Shakespeare: Page to Stage, building confidence thorugh comedy improvisation, and a variety of additional subjects integrating theatre techniques with life skills and classroom study.
WANT MORE INFORMATION?
CONTACT: Morgan Hicks, Director of Education and Program Development at (479) 445-6333. Click to email.