Education & Community Engagement

Workshops and residencies

Unique classroom experiences crafted for your middle and high schools

 
 

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Esme L. Wu
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Program Overview

Bring the Alley Theatre into your classroom with our workshops and residencies. Any of our classes easily integrate into theatre, English, and history curriculum. Workshops can take place at the Alley Theatre or on your school’s campus. 

Prices range from $75-$200 per hour, based on class size and requirements. Prices are negotiable and we will work with you to bring applied theatre to your school or organization. Due to limited teacher availability, we recommend requesting workshops and residencies as far in advance as possible.

Don't see what you're looking for? Reach out to Esme Wu to see what kinds of workshops and residencies can be customized to fit your needs. 

Overview of workshops and residencies

SHAKESPEARE 360°

Bring to life the language of Shakespeare. Students investigate the universal themes represented in the work and how it applies to modern day, while learning fundamental concepts including:

  • Iambic pentameter
  • Punctuation shifts
  • Active approaches to analyzing the language, characters, objectives, and conflict
  • Using words as weapons
  • Physically exploring character archetypes

Recommended length: 5 sessions, 10 sessions to include scene work

ARISTOTLE 

Explore the necessity of ethical conversations through drama. Focusing on the use of rhetoric to influence decisions, students learn fundamental concepts including:

  • The context of theatre in ancient Greece
  • Agon, ethos, logos, and pathos
  • Protagonist and antagonist relationships
  • The structure and function of a chorus
  • Using tableau to physicalize ideas and concepts

Recommended length: 5 sessions

SLAM POETRY

Build confidence to bring language to life. Local professional Slam Poets guide students in the exploration of written and spoken expression through poetry while learning literary techniques, including:

  • Metaphor
  • Simile
  • Symbolism
  • Interpreted Meaning
  • Point of View

Recommended length: 8 sessions

First draft 

Transform memories into personal narratives. Students explore a combination of playwriting and creative non-fiction techniques to generate stories. These first drafts create a solid foundation for college essays, monologues, and devised performance.

Recommended length: 8 sessions

MONOLOGUE 360° 

Delve in to script and character analysis by working on the actor’s calling card – the monologue. Students are guided through a process to help them create character, environment and clear intention; essential foundational skills for all performers.

Recommended length: 5 sessions

physical theatre 

Explore the powerful language of the body, and investigate how physicality influences characters and emotions. Students increase physical and emotional flexibility, develop a sense of curiosity about movement, and learn to make strong physical choices as performers. Your residency can be tailored to your specific needs.

Recommended length: 5 sessions

stage combat 

Develop the skills necessary to battle effectively and safely on stage. Students explore techniques for armed and unarmed combat, steps for building detailed fight choreography, and safety measures to protect all involved. Perfect for beginning and advanced performers.

Recommended length: 5 session

speak up! 

Explore what it means to be heard. The physical voice is developed by exercises that strengthen breathing muscle and improve vocal resonance, pitch, and articulation. Students grow the artistic voice alongside the physical by building a connection between the voice, body, and the world.

Recommended length: 5 sessions

tech 360° 

Investigate the craft of developing stories through technical design and application. Students apply creative problem-solving skills and work hands-on with materials to deepen the experience of a narrative. Your residency can be tailored to your specific needs and can focus on the following:

  • The Art of Foley
  • Shaping Light
  • Costume Craft

Recommended length: 5 sessions, 10 sessions to include scene work

theatre 360° 

Journey through history via the lens of theatre. Students connect the social and political context of the times to the performance styles represented on the stage, and investigate what it is to be an artist in response to the world around them. We currently offer:

  • Greek Theatre
  • Shakespeare
  • Comedy of Manners
  • Theatre of the Absurd

Recommended length: 5 sessions, 10 sessions to include scene work

theatre for social justice 

Explore social justice issues that impact your community and your future, using Forum Theatre techniques pioneered by Brazilian theatre artist Augusto Boal. Students engage in meaningful discussion around difficult topics and explore potential active solutions to real life problems. This residency includes an optional Forum Theatre experience for the community.

Recommended length: 10 sessions

improvisation 

Learn through exercises and unscripted scenes how to think creatively on the spot. An important foundational skill, Improv fosters a sense of ensemble, strengthens listening skills, responsiveness, and encourages bold choices. Perfect for beginning and advanced performers.

Recommended length: 4 sessions

PLAYWRITING 360°

Explore the power of words to create worlds by developing a 10-minute play. Students perform writing exercises to develop clearly defined characters, shape scenes, and exchange constructive feedback.

Recommended length: 12 sessions

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