arts + education

theatre workshops + residencies

Below you'll find information about:

  • Workshops: Hands-on workshops bring together individual artists to encourage students to actively discover their own artistic potential. Ideal for after school, library, or community center programs. Most workshops are product based.

  • Residencies: Offer experiences implemented by a specialized teaching artist. Residencies are multiple, participatory workshops and require a minimum of 3 sequential sessions per student group, and can be expanded into semester-long projects. Residencies take place in partnership with the classroom teacher and either focus on arts-integration or the artistic process.

 

For more information please call 713.520.9264 or email us at scheduling@yahouston.org.​

 

 

Wish You Were Here: Creative Collaborations with Students with Learning Differences

Brave Little Company

Our creative theatre programs for students with learning differences and/or physical disabilities go beyond inclusion. Through the Discovery Arts program of Young Audiences of Houston, our teaching artists work with students to create and perform original works of theatre. Our programs are designed in consultation with the students’ classroom teacher to ensure that we understand each student’s strengths and challenges. The resulting theatre experiences are sensory-based, using sounds, smells, and sensations to help tell stories (in addition to words, images, actions, and music). They are guided by theatre artists and draw from students’ imaginations, favorite books, and/or learning objectives that develop social skills and job skills. Depending on a class’s needs, a final film may be created from the piece to help teach future classes.

RESIDENCY

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Per-Session Fee

2+ Sessions, Same Day

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

K-12

25

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

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SunBee Circle

Brooke Bailey

SunBee Circle is a very special and unique class for children who love the magical world and their parents who do not want them to grow out of it so quickly. The class offers oral storytelling and then a variety of activities based on the story. Each class consists of listening to an oral story, often a fairy tale or nature story from a diverse selection of cultures, or puppetry productions for younger grade levels. All of the activities have one purpose: to inspire dramatic play. This unstructured but inspired free play works wonders for your child’s imagination, cognitive storytelling (after all, they are retelling the story in their own way or making up their own) and future literacy.

WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

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Per-Session Fee

2+ Sessions, Same Day

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

PK-2

25

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

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After-School Performing Arts Workshop

Ensemble Theatre

The Ensemble Theatre’s Education and Touring Department engages the community via arts programming specifically designed for current and future audiences in an effort to broaden their understanding of theatre. Through exciting and thought provoking residencies, workshops and master classes, Ensemble assists students with ways of thinking outside of the box while exploring their emotional development and strengthening the ability to communicate effectively. For over 30 years, Ensemble has helped nurture young minds and talent by empowering them with the disciplines of theatre, music, dance, and spoken word.

WORKSHOP

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Per-Session Fee

2+ Sessions, Same Day

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

K-12

25

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

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Improvisation in Art and Life

Express Children's Theater

Putting on a show requires more skills than just acting, writing, directing and design. Students have to be able to effectively express themselves, work well with others, lead when required, and stand up and be heard. Express workshops use the fundamentals of theatre to teach these valuable life skills in a fun and supportive ways. At the conclusion of the residencies, students will present a showcase for parents and the community - from a scene or two or a full-scale play, depending on the length of the program.

WORKSHOP

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Per-Session Fee

2+ Sessions, Same Day

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

3-12

25

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

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Stage Combat AKA Dancing with Swords

iAct Houston

These classes are designed to train young students how to use the traditional positions of fencing in order to choreograph a performance. Most of the entertainment for young people, boys and girls alike, involves swordplay. Many children have a light saber or foams sword in their toy chest. By taking this class, students come to understand partnering, teamwork and by completion each student will choreograph their own stage combat combination/scene. Students will practice/perform with special safety foam swords.

WORKSHOP

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Per-Session Fee

2+ Sessions, Same Day

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

3-12

25

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

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Musical Theater: Disciplines to Make a Triple Threat!

iAct Houston

Instruction in dance, singing and acting that builds into the performance of a musical scene/showcase. This workshop gives students (trained and untrained alike) the opportunity to perform in a musical number. For participants who may be nervous on stage, performing in the chorus will allow them to cooperate with others in a group. For those who wish to step out of their own a little, performing special solos and leading routines will be offered. In the end all parts work together to make a very entertaining whole.

WORKSHOP

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Per-Session Fee

2+ Sessions, Same Day

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

3-12

40

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

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A New and Distant Land: A Colonial Times In-Class Residency

Jean Donatto

Imagine arriving in a strange place with no amenities whatsoever and being uncertain if the skills you possessed were sufficient to guarantee you and your family’s survival. Such was the predicament of the earliest immigrants to the shores of our nation. Examining a time in the very early history of America when children were considered “little adults” and expected to shoulder a viable workload, this classroom residency looks at many of the aspects of early Colonial times. Theatre teaching artist Jean Donatto will guide your class through a creative process using teams, peer-coaching, and teacher side-coaching. Students will discover recreation possibilities from existing natural resources. Students will observe through research colonial activities from Dame schools, to harvesting logs, to the beginning of river commerce. Nobody knows what happened to the “lost” colony of Roanoke, but by using inference and knowledge of the conditions, students could certainly express a point of view. Using Language Arts creative writing strategies, students will plan and construct a travel brochure to entice visitors to their colony of choice.

RESIDENCY

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Per-Session Fee

2+ Sessions, Same Day

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

3-12

25

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

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Class Act

Jean Donatto

Let actress Jean Donatto customize an after-school or in-class theatre residency for your school. In-school residencies are subject and grade level specific and help students understand any material of their teachers choosing. Students love to learn by doing, and Miss Jean guides them through active learning in subjects from literacy, to history, to science. After-school, this process-oriented residency focuses on communication, acting, and writing. Student experience how teamwork makes ideas reality in the world of theatre. Either in-class or after-school, this residency serves all students - shining stars and retiring violets alike – often with surprising results as students and their love of learning blossoms!

WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

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Per-Session Fee

2+ Sessions, Same Day

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

PK-7

30

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

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Somebody Else's Shoes

Lisa Hamilton

In this unit, students use improvisation skills to learn social studies and ELA concepts. Your class will develop their own character monologues and weave empathy into learning other concepts.  Examples include: Past, Present or Future? Producer or Consumer? The Underground Railroad (can be adapted to any other historical event).  ELA concepts of a beginning, middle, end - story structure and creative writing. 

WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

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Per-Session Fee

2+ Sessions, Same Day

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

2-6

30

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

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Clowning Around with Pantomime

Lisa Hamilton

Students learn basic pantomime and clowning techniques and use them to learn parts of speech.  Clown names are adjectives.  Clown actions are verbs.  Clown emotions are adverbs.  "Grumpy the clown blows up a balloon playfully”. Perfect as a workshop or a residency and very effective for students for whom English is a second language. 

WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

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Per-Session Fee

2+ Sessions, Same Day

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

K-3

30

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

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The Art of Pantomime

Mick Corley

This course offers insight into a mime artist’s training, technique, and inspiration. Through physical activities and improvisational games, students gain better awareness of how their bodies move and communicate thoughts and feelings. In discovering the ancient art of mime, students enjoy “becoming” animals, statues, mirrors, and different characters. Concentration, relaxation, and improvisation are the tools of the trade covered in this lively training session, which ends with stories created and performed by students.

WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

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Per-Session Fee

2+ Sessions, Same Day

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

3-12

30

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

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Humpty Dumpty's Rhyme & Rhythm Musical

Twanda's Theatre on Wheels 

Humpty  Dumpty finds new friends to help  him  get up  when he falls down. The audience will learn the  value of compassion and true friendship as they travel on a musical adventure with Humpty Dumpty and his new friends.

 

Boys and girls will also have fun creating a make and take humpty dumpty character and  a paper plate wall.

WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

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Per-Session Fee

2+ Sessions, Same Day

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

EC-1

25

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

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Phone: 713.520.9267

Office: 4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 230, Houston, TX 77027

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