EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The  Theatre Company’s professional teaching artists draw on their experience both in education and on stage to provide programs that are fun and informative. Research- and evidence-based techniques are used and cited, along with tie-ins to state and federal education standards. All teaching artists are background checked, with copies and references provided upon request.

The SAPPHIRE’s EDUCATION programming bridges the gap between what students need and what schools can deliver. We offer a variety of arts integration programs for all ages and grade levels that utilize the basics of theatrical techniques to teach any curricula.  More than just fun and interactive, SAPPHIRE’s programs cover subjects as diverse as biology, STEM or social studies, and always according to state and federal learning standards. And, our programs appeal to diverse learners who benefit from engaging in theatre in the classroom, because it creates a mind, body and voice connection. 

Our team of professional teaching artists draw on their combined decades of experience to create and customize OUT-of-SCHOOL programming, INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCES (featuring our Emmy award-winning  PICTURE THIS® process), and various offerings through partnership with ARTS for LEARNING INDIANA.

The SAPPHIRE will support your classroom and learning goals with: 

  • Professional teaching artists who bring years of experience in diverse educational settings
  • Engagement with the body, mind, and voice to stimulate active listening and learning
  • Tie-ins to state and federal curriculum subjects and standards
  • Customized programming that fits your schedule and needs

The SAPPHIRE’s education programs exist to make every teacher’s life just a little bit easier. Let us know how we can support your school or organization! 

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

OUT-of-SCHOOL

Theatre Clubs, Workshops, and Classes can be customized to any size, topic, or age group, and include a professional teaching artist and subject matter support, whether performance-based or behind the scenes.

DRAMA CLUB!

The SAPPHIRE’s top-notch teaching artists lead students in learning the basics of improvisation for the theatre, working together as an ensemble, creating characters and using the actor tools of body, mind and voice. Our DRAMA CLUB is designed to make playing theatre games fun and educational, with a focus on theatre process instead of on a final performance or product, with emphasis on experiential learning over performing, building confidence and communication skills. 

PLAY GAMES

A totally mobile performing arts program designed and lead by experienced, professional teaching artists. This engaging, energetic “edu-tainment” workshop is filled with meaningful theatre games for youth and educators. Sessions available for participants in elementary, middle and high school.  Every game is an ensemble-based experiential that teaches valuable, age-specific lessons such as confidence, teamwork, mental focus and physical awareness.  (But don’t worry — it’s so much fun, they won’t know their learning!) PLAY GAMES is perfect for school and youth groups, summer camps and out-of-school programs. 

EDUCATIONAL INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCES

The SAPPHIRE’S shows for schools feature PICTURE THIS® – our Emmy-award winning process that takes a variety of learning topics and presents them using interactive theatre. Professional improvisation actors portray real-life scenes customized for an audience. At the crisis point, facilitators and topical experts guide a two-way conversation between the audience and the characters, exploring the issues and providing the audience real experience in navigating difficult conversations and conflict management. The PICTURE THIS process allows students to directly engage with challenging subjects in a safe, low-risk environment.

KEY TOPICS for EDUCATION for Youth Audiences:

  • Conflict Resolution and the prevention of Bullying: By exploring their own experiences, attitudes, and prejudices about school bullying in a way that is comfortable yet insightful, students express their concerns, expand their awareness, and rehearse new approaches.
  • Diversity & Inclusion:  By fostering healthy dialogue about differences in race, ethnicity, gender, ages, religions, sexual orientation, political views, backgrounds, personalities and more, we help move audiences along from tolerance to acceptance and towards truly valuing diversity.
  • Sex, Sexuality, Gender & Healthy Relationships:  Gender and sexuality are complex and complicated matters, especially for today’s youth, who are flooded with masses of misinformation, misconceptions, and overly-mature subject matter. People identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, or intersex (LGBTQI+) regularly face discrimination, bullying and violence, often leading to higher incidents of mental health issues and suicide.  programs provide a safe, encouraging space for necessary dialogue, where all are supported to be themselves and learn where to seek further help.
  • Violence & Gun Safety:  We partner with topical and tactical experts to offer training in situations ranging from managing guns in the home to handling critical events. By staging challenging and dangerous scenarios, we create a critical opportunity to explore these situations safely, and deliver vital information and resources in a meaningful and effective way.

ARTS for LEARNING

The following SAPPHIRE Theatre educational programs are offered through partnership with Arts For Learning, Indiana.

Bullying: A Play on Conflict Resolution:

This highly interactive workshop gives students a real-life look at what to do with bullies in school. Two actors use theater techniques to help students learn what to do and say when tension and conflict arise during bullying situations. (Arts for Learning topic categories: anti-bullying, communication, health & wellness, life skills.) (Grades 1 – 12) Link: https://artsforlearningindiana.org/program/bullying-a-play-on-conflict-resolution/

Bullying: Behind the Scenes

Students will explore their own experiences, attitudes, and prejudices about school bullying in a way that is engaging, comfortable and insightful. This program raises awareness about the roles that the bully, victim, and the witness play in these situations. Both students and teachers will come away with new tools for dealing with bullying. (Arts for Learning topic categories: anti-bullying, communication, health & wellness, life skills.) (Grades 1 – 12) Link: https://artsforlearningindiana.org/program/bullying-behind-the-scenes/

Creating Courage

This performance will show students that even when they are afraid, there are ways that they can find courage. The actor will face his fear of storms using simple Shakespearean text and the power of language. Students will participate from their seats to create storm sounds. (Pre-K) Link: https://artsforlearningindiana.org/program/creating-courage/

Once Upon Our Time

Staging New Fairy Tales in a New Environment:  How does pollution play a part in the epic re-match between the Tortoise and the Hare? What happens to The Three Little Pigs after they all move in together and the trash piles up? How can the Ant reduce, reuse and recycle? And what happens when the Grasshopper refuses to do so? In this residency, students will explore Fairy Tale characters of yesterday as they encounter the environmental issues of today. But can they ensure a happily ever after…? Students will have a multifaceted, page-to-stage experience ending with a live performance. For each grade, 3rd through 5th, we have chosen a Fairy Tale story that exemplifies and incorporates the Science Standards specific to that grade level. And, every Fairy Tale story will engage the students in learning about the environment and reducing, reusing, and recycling. (This Arts for Learning program is offered as part of The Pulliam Environmental Care and Preservation Program 2013-2014) (Grades 3 – 5) Link: https://artsforlearningindiana.org/program/once-upon-a-time-staging-new-fairy-tales/

Speak the Speech

With the help of a professional actor, students will build confidence in reading aloud using small, manageable Shakespearean texts. Students will also try their hand at “performing” the text, using different acting techniques to give the words deeper meaning. (PreK – Grade 2) Link: https://artsforlearningindiana.org/program/speak-the-speech/

LOOK for more info about READERS THEATRE on www.IndyArtsEd.org!

sDon’t see your particular topic…? We can work with you to create a customized learning experience to fit your specific needs.

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