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

RESIDENCY

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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.

 *Subsidies available, call for details 

Per-Session Fee

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

2+ Sessions, Same Day

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

Participant Limit

25

Grade Levels

K-12

Missing from the Museum - Virtual 

VIRTUAL RESIDENCY 

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Brave Little Company

Missing from the Museum combines visual art, theatre, and history in a unique audience-driven adventure. Created in a nationwide collaboration among 4 theatres, this interactive mystery develops students' observational skills, creative expression, and understanding of history as they meet female artists throughout history and around the world. Students will be drawn in by the chance to follow clues, solve puzzles, and rescue lost artworks.

Package Includes: 12 two hours sessions, scheduling flexibility, mixture of video and extension activities, and a virtual experience to share student work. Scheduling is flexible. 

*Subsidies available, call for details 

Per-Session Fee

$115 per session 

Packaged Sessions

12 Days, 2 sessions per day

Participant Limit

Grade Level

Grade Levels

4-8

Taking the Stage 

WORKSHOP

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Express Children's Theater

On stage and in life, it helps to be clear, confidant and prepared. These short and long-range programs use theatre arts to teach the 5C's of social an emotional learning: confidence, communication, creativity, collaboration and capability. Students learn principals of acting along with success skills for life. 

(Virtual Only 2020 / In-Person 2021)

Per-Session Fee

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

2+ Sessions, Same Day

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

Participant Limit

25

Grade Levels

3-12

Mindfulness for KIDS  

WORKSHOP

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Express Children's Theater

Techniques to calm the mind and soothe the heart taught by a meditation teacher and coach. Can be one session or a series; adaptable for all ages.

(Virtual Only 2020 / In-Person 2021)

Per-Session Fee

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

2+ Sessions, Same Day

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

Participant Limit

25

Grade Levels

3-12

Musical Theater: Disciplines to Make a Triple Threat!

WORKSHOP

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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.

Per-Session Fee

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

2+ Sessions, Same Day

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

Participant Limit

40

Grade Levels

3-12

Stage Combat AKA Dancing with Swords

WORKSHOP

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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.

Per-Session Fee

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

2+ Sessions, Same Day

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

Participant Limit

25

Grade Levels

3-12

Class Act

WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

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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!

Per-Session Fee

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

2+ Sessions, Same Day

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

Participant Limit

30

Grade Levels

PK-7

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

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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.

Per-Session Fee

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

2+ Sessions, Same Day

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

Participant Limit

25

Grade Levels

3-12

Clowning Around with Pantomime

WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

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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. 

Virtual Option Available 

Per-Session Fee

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

2+ Sessions, Same Day

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

Participant Limit

30

Grade Levels

K-3

Somebody Else's Shoes

WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

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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. 

Virtual Option Available 

Per-Session Fee

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

2+ Sessions, Same Day

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

Participant Limit

30

Grade Levels

2-6

The Art of Pantomime

WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

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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.

Per-Session Fee

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

2+ Sessions, Same Day

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

Participant Limit

30

Grade Levels

3-12

After-School Performing Arts Workshop

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The 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.

*Subsidies available, call for details 

Virtual Option Available 

Per-Session Fee

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

2+ Sessions, Same Day

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

Participant Limit

25

Grade Levels

K-12

Humpty Dumpty's Rhyme & Rhythm Musical

WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

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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.

Per-Session Fee

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

2+ Sessions, Same Day

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

Participant Limit

25

Grade Levels

EC-1

Phone: 713.520.9264

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

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