Arts Education &
Arts Integration:
Artist-in-Residence Programs

Artist-in-Residence programs, or residencies, combine a series of workshops and a performance to create an in-depth arts-based learning experience for students and teachers.  

As arts integration specialists, InterAct Story Theatre conducts many residencies each school year, connecting the arts with learning objectives in a variety of subjects in preK-12. The following pages list just a few sample residencies that we have conducted in the past. A number of these residencies were designed or adapted especially to suit the needs of the partner school. 

Artist-in-Residence programs for students of all ages and their teachers

Artist-in-Residence programs, or residencies, combine a series of workshops and a performance to create an in-depth arts-based learning experience for students and teachers

As arts integration specialists, InterAct Story Theatre conducts many residencies each school year, connecting the arts with learning objectives in a variety of subjects in preK-12. The following pages list just a few sample residencies that we have conducted in the past. A number of these residencies were designed or adapted especially to suit the needs of the partner school. 

 

Interested in how an InterAct residency can infuse the arts into your learning objectives? Please contact us or request more info

Sample Residencies

Most of the residencies InterAct Story Theatre leads in schools and learning spaces are individually designed or adaptive residencies: We partner with teachers and schools to talk about what your goals are, and then design a residency to meet those needs. Here are just a few of the residencies InterAct has led recently connecting drama, dance, music and creative opera with content curricula.  For more information, please contact us or fill out our response form

Sample Early Childhood Residencies

These are just some examples of residencies we’ve designed and implemented over the past few years. Contact us or request more info for any of these programs, or if you would like us to design something especially for your learning community!

 Available Online!  Books Alive! - a creative drama approach to foster language and emerging literacy skills.

 Available Online!  Responsive Playmaking: Creating Curriculum-Based Theatre in the Classroom - In this project-based residency, students explore a curriculum topic, a text or set of texts, a theme, or an event as actors and theatre-makers, and then work together to devise or create an original scene, drama, play, or story inspired by what they’ve learned. All stories, plays, scenes, and dramas created in this residency are submitted for consideration in InterAct Story Theatre’s KidStory Theatre Festival, a celebration of stories written for kids by kids...and the best of the best are performed by professional actors in the annual Festival!

 Available Online!  Books + Math = Drama! - students explore selected math concepts through age-appropriate literature and creative drama.
 

 Available Online!  Penny's Puppets - students build literacy skills and gain hands-on experience with different types of puppetry.

 

 Available Online!  Creative Arts for Early Childhood - Mix and match among our many early childhood workshops to create a multidisciplinary arts residency for your students

 Available Online!  Sing it! Dance it! Act it! - an exploration of a text through music, dance and drama.

 

 Available Online!  Dancing Through the Rainforest - exploring the flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest through dance and creative movement.

 Available Online!  OPERAtunities for Reading - a creative opera residency designed for early childhood populations

And more! Please contact us or fill out our response form for more details, or ask us how we can design a residency for you.

Sample Residencies for Elementary School

These are just some examples of residencies we’ve designed and implemented over the past few years. Contact us or request more info for any of these programs, or if you would like us to design something especially for your learning community!

 Available Online!  Responsive Playmaking: Creating Curriculum-Based Theatre in the Classroom - In this project-based residency, students explore a curriculum topic, a text or set of texts, a theme, or an event as actors and theatre-makers, and then work together to devise or create an original scene, drama, play, or story inspired by what they’ve learned. All stories, plays, scenes, and dramas created in this residency are submitted for consideration in InterAct Story Theatre’s KidStory Theatre Festival, a celebration of stories written for kids by kids...and the best of the best are performed by professional actors in the annual Festival!

 

 Available Online!  The Play's The Thing - This classic InterAct residency is based on one of our featured assembly programs. Students attend a performance of one of InterAct's featured plays, and then participate in creative drama workshops in which they explore the themes of the play. This residency connects with curriculum standards in Reading Literature, Writing, and Speaking & Listening as well as fine arts standards in Theatre.

 

 Available Online!  Books Alive! - Students explore text through creative drama, and develop original scenes extending the themes/plot of the text. This residency can be adapted to connect with curriculum standards in Reading Literature or Reading Informational Text, as well as standards in Speaking & Listening, Writing, and Theatre.

 

 Available Online!  The Folktales Project - Students explore select folkloric traditions, and develop their own folktale incorporating both elements of good story structure and conventions of folklore.

 

 Available Online!  History Alive! - Students explore historical events through creative drama, in a process that enables students to develop more understanding for the human factor behind key historical events, people, movements and eras. Requires advance notice of topic and planning.

 

 Available Online!  Reader's Theatre - A creative drama approach in which students develop and perform a readers' theatre script.

 

 Available Online!  OPERAtunities for Writing - A creative opera residency designed to promote writing skills.

 

 Available Online!  Playbuilding - An extended residency project in which students devise original performance pieces.

 

 Available Online!  Creating a Colonial Village - Students examine appropriate text and data sources to explore colonial occupations, and then use acting tools and skills, technical theatre and design ideas, and simple craft materials to transform their classroom into a colonial village.

And more! Please contact us or fill out our response form for more details, or ask us how we can design a residency for you.

Sample Residencies for Middle and High School

These are just some examples of residencies we’ve designed and implemented over the past few years. Contact us or request more info for any of these programs, or if you would like us to design something especially for your learning community!

 Available Online!  Exploring Shakespeare's Themes - expanded from the single workshop to offer a more in-depth exploration of a select Shakespearean play.

 Available Online!  The Underground Railroad and the Civil War - Students explore issues surrounding the Underground Railroad and Civil War through the creative drama strategy of tableaux.

 

 Available Online!  The City Dionysia/Greek and Roman Mythology - Students explore Greek mythology and theatre through creative drama, tableaux, and theatrical design.

 

 Available Online!  Novel OPERAtunities - students explore key thematic issues of a select novel and create original operatic arias or scenes in this residency designed to foster text-to-self connection and an understanding of character traits and motivations.

 

 Available Online!  OPERAtunities to Make History - students explore key events and eras of history through creative opera.

 

 Available Online!  Devising Original Theatre - an extended artist-in-residence program in which a teaching artist works with a group of students to develop and perform a short original piece.

And more! Please contact us or request more info for details, or ask us how we can design a residency for you.

Since 1981, InterAct Story Theatre has brought a wide variety of educational, interactive performances, plays, and assembly programs to schools, libraries, and community venues, all throughout the area, delighting children, families, and educators alike. All of our programs are available for evening or weekend events and family audiences. InterAct Story Theatre performances can be adapted for a wide variety of venues, including libraries, museums, community centers, arts centers and festivals. Please contact us for more information!


InterAct Story Theatre’s programs are made possible through generous support by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC.org), the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the support of many wonderful partners, funders, advocates, and individuals. Thank you for your support! 

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