Summer Theatre Classes for Teachers

Learn some new skills while school's out

If you're a New York City public school teacher looking to expand your theatre education toolbox, TDF offers courses through the Department of Education's After School Professional Development Program. This summer we have three different classes on deck, which are described below. Each costs $475 and you can take them for credit (P-credits and CTLE hours). However, if you want to take a course without receiving credit, you can enroll directly through TDF by contacting Ginger Meagher, TDF’s Director of Education Programs, at 212-912-9770 ext. *331 or via email.

TEACHING PLAYWRITING TO MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

Target grade levels: 6th-9th, but applicable to higher grades
Location: Talent Unlimited High School, 300 East 68th Street in Manhattan
Dates: Monday, July 15 to Thursday, July 18; Monday, July 22 to Thursday, 25 and Saturday, July 27

Learn how to introduce students to the powerful and collaborative world of live theatre, with a special focus on playwriting. Writing and on-your-feet theatre-making exercises will help deepen your understanding of dramatic structure, and how to discuss/analyze a theatrical text. Teachers will work in small groups to create a playwriting curriculum. Taught by Kate Bell: read her bio.

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HERO'S JOURNEY, BE YOUR OWN PLAYWRITING HERO

Target grade levels: 9th-12th and undergraduate freshman
Dates: Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19 and Monday, July 22 to Tuesday, July 23
Locations: Talent Unlimited High School, 300 East 68th Street and Primary Stages, 307 West 38th Street in Manhattan

This course is modeled after a TV "writer's room," where you'll learn how to teach dramatic action in playwriting, television and comic book writing. During the course, you'll learn how to connect with students through verbal, visual, oral and improv methods, and gain skills in storytelling, plotting and communicating ideas. Ultimately, you'll create your own plans for how to use these techniques in a classroom setting. Taught by Crystal Skillman: read her bio.

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DIRECTING PLAYS AND MUSICALS IN THE SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM

Target grade levels: 6th-12th
Dates and times: Monday, August 5 to Saturday, August 10
Locations: Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street in Manhattan

Learn how to direct and choreograph plays and musicals within your classroom or on your school’s stage! This course will also help you teach your students how to direct their own productions. An outing to a Broadway play is included. Taught by Stephen DiMenna: read his bio.

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