Residencies are co-teaching experiences in which professional artists and teachers work together to bring artistic value into education. By working alongside the existing curriculum, this collaborative method provides a unique, in-depth exploration of a selected work of literature. Theatre teaching artists support students in responding creatively to the literary selection suggested by The Big Read. The National Endowment for the Arts awards financial support to 7 Stages to provide the books and a teaching artist for residency activities.
7 Stages currently offers the following residency programs:
Literacy Arts Residency
Teachers choose a piece of literature or author for students to explore. Working alongside professionals, theatre teaching artists guide students to creatively respond to the chosen literature culminating in a final presentation or performance highlighting how the literature impacted the students. These are unique and creative “book reports” offering a different and more intense response to literature.
NEA Big Read
Theatre teaching artists support students in responding creatively to the book that is chosen each year for our Big Read program. In the past we have worked on novels such as Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Residencies are 3-5 sessions in which teaching artists work alongside the teacher to help facilitate discussion on topics and themes related to the chosen book. Thanks to the generous support of the NEA, 7 Stages will provide the books and a teaching artist for 3-5 sessions. Longer more intensive residencies are available at a cost.
Curriculum Based Residencies
Professional theatre artists partner with teachers to help students learn core curriculum content using creativity, collaboration and exploration of learning through theatre making. Students present what they have learned in a creative way. These are co-teaching experiences in which professional artists and teachers work together to bring artistic value into education through writing, literacy and expression. By working alongside the existing curriculum, this collaboration method provides a unique and in-depth way into the subject matter.
Available for all grade levels in schools for hourly, daily and weekly schedules that can be spread through the month and semester.
Project Based Residencies
Theatre artists collaborate with schools to create and produce a theatrical presentation. These residencies are crafted after our 5-week summer Youth Creates program. Through playwriting, design and performance, students collaborate to create an original production. (Semester or quarterly based)
Choose Your Own Tomorrow
School wide theatre project that ends with a production that represents the voices of the students. Choose Own Tomorrow is based off of the Choose Your Own Adventure Game book series in which “making choices determines the main character’s actions and the plots outcome.” The final production will provide two distinct outcomes with the realization that there is power in decision with proper research – a walking in another’s shoes. The school will choose a social, moral, global, or ethical topic to explore throughout a semester. Using technology to facilitate research and also gather the opinions of the students the unique voice of the school will be captured. Students will be divided into teams: researchers, writers, visual and audio designers, performers, costume and set and marketing and create an end product that explores both sides of the topic chosen. 7 Stages will provide theatre professionals to guide the students through the process of theatre making and also support the teachers helping the students.