The Atlantic Acting School offers many education programs and classes for children and teens. Atlantic Theater Company shares a belief in storytelling with the community through our educational outreach programs. The Arts Education Program serves elementary through high school students with the goal of cultivating the next generation of theater artists, audiences and most importantly, critical thinkers and writers. Atlantic serves over 3,000 students in 30 New York City public schools through three major programs: Atlantic For Kids, Students and Educators Series and our newest education program Staging Success.
ATLANTIC FOR KIDS
Atlantic For Kids (targeted to elementary students) introduces young audiences to the art of simple storytelling through theater and presents two children’s productions each season. The plays are developed for school students from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade, and are designed to excite the imagination through language, humor and spectacle.
STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS
The Students and Educators Series is a sequence of middle and high school classroom instruction by teaching artists with attendance of mainstage productions and a post-theater talkback. All teaching artists are alumni selected from Atlantic’s Acting School in conjunction with NYU’s School of Drama. The teaching artists share Atlantic’s philosophy and pass on their understanding of the Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique. Practical Aesthetics offers unique tools for recognizing the truth of any situation, which are relevant to all ages and challenges, whether academic, professional or personal. The Board of Education’s Drama Blue Print and regent guidelines are integrated into the program curriculum.
Atlantic For Kids and The Students and Educators Series include one set of tickets for the students, teachers, and their guests to Atlantic’s current mainstage production. Supplemental theater activities include: enhancing reading and writing skills through script analysis, journal writing and open-ended discussion questions concerning the play’s themes, one classroom visit by an Atlantic teaching artist and Education Coordinator Fran Tarr focusing on listening and speaking skills through play preparation, an introduction to the Atlantic technique, and a post-theater talkback with the actors and Atlantic artistic staff to examine the play’s themes.
Staging Success is an arts education program that integrates Atlantic’s core philosophy of acting technique and text analysis with an emphasis on ensemble building. Introducing the principals of “creating your own work”, Atlantic works closely with our partner school to develop a semester long theater project for the entire 11th grade. The semester culminates with a workshop performance. ATC then invites seniors from the partner school into an intense after-school mentorship program, during which students will form a theater ensemble and create and produce an original work. Established professionals mentor students in specific fields of interest and students present their finished play to the public at ATC’s Stage 2. Atlantic will be expanding Staging Success in the fall of 2012 to work with grades 9 and 10, creating theater workshops that are deeply rooted in our partner schools core academic studies. For more information on Staging Success contact Heather Baird, Director of Education and Recruitment.
Atlantic also hosts Educators Evenings, which offers partner teachers free attendance to preview the production and a post-show talkback with the show’s creative team. Educators Evenings strengthens teachers’ understanding of Atlantic, the themes of the play, and how the Study Guides can be organically integrated into their curriculum.
Contact Fran Tarr, Education Coordinator, at 212-989-7353 to participate in these exciting theater education opportunities. Teaching artists often explore different styles of acting with their students while integrating basic elements of art and history. The mission of the program is to create well-rounded, socially responsible citizens and to empower children with tools that encourage their imagination and creativity.