FREE Workshops

In-Person or Virtual Workshops

As theatre professionals we have taken our skills and created practical workshops that can easily fit into most curriculums.  These workshops were originally created to help support teachers and the Arts in schools during the pandemic and presented virtually to classes as far away as Monhegan! They were so successful they are now a regular part of our programming!

Now, we can teach the following workshops LIVE in your classroom as well as VIRTUALLY to schools at a distance.

Our workshops serve Grades 3 – 12.

We are currently scheduling classes for the winter.  Below are descriptions of some of the workshops we’ve been teaching.
Classes are approximately one hour each. In addition to our offerings, if you have any topics or assignments coming up, we can tailor our teaching to help meet your needs.

We are offering our services FOR FREE because we genuinely want to find a way to serve our children and keep their creativity alive. If you are interested in learning more, EMAIL US or call us at 782-2211 and we’ll set up a time to chat and see how we can help.

See what your fellow Educators had to say . . .

 

Children learn best by DOING. In the theatre, to ACT literally means TO DO.

“It really made my students think about developing a character in a story. The activities were fun and engaging for the students!” – Woodstock Elementary, grade 5

“Dynamic activities, moved their bodies, helped stretch students out of their comfort zone and avoid feeling self-conscious, use their voices in new way. FUN. This was such a great session and I’m grateful we had the opportunity to do it.” – McMahon Elementary, grade 3

“The students were fully engaged and were having a fun time doing it! I would love to do this again. The students still talk about the activities that we did. I will make sure to promote you to other teachers.” – Dyer Elementary, grade 5

“This truly adds so nicely to the reading AND writing unit we have been working in! (Narrative writing and deep study of Character in reading). Students engage in a way that provides evidence for our speaking/listening standards AND engages in content that ties in directly to some of the standards we have to teach. Thank you for how you got students to be involved. Two girls who happened to go first in the activities, were two of my girls who struggle to put themselves out there. I was SO thrilled that they followed the lead that was given to them, and they just did it. Clearly, you had engaged them in a non-threatening way with the support to push them. It’s those little things that just make my day!” – McMahon Elementary, grade 6

Language Arts and communication skills as well as connecting kids to their bodies is our specialty. We teach with the philosophy that theatre skills are life skills.

Theatre skills . . .

  • Keep students’ creativity alive.
  • Make students more adaptable, better problem solvers, and team players
  • Increase their self-esteem and confidence.

And our classes are fun!

IGNITE YOUR IMAGINATION

Recommended for any age.

Using theatre games, voice, movement and creative writing exercises, we stretch the boundaries of our imagination and explore new ways to express ourselves as writers and performers. Anything is possible in this fun class that also explores ways to create a compelling character and bring them to life.

CREATING COOL CHARACTERS

Recommended for any age.

If YOU were a character in a play, what’s the most important thing you’d want an audience to know about you? Using theatre games and creative writing, we’ll explore the things in our lives that make US interesting characters. By the end of class, you’ll create and perform a short monologue to share your amazing self with the world.

I LOVE LANGUAGE – Public Speaking

Recommended for Grades 5 and up.

Discover new ways to experience words and the fun and power of using them to communicate. Have a poem or story you’d like to work on with us? Slam poetry?  With material of your choice or ours we unlock the potent possibilities in language.

A MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE WORKSHOP

Recommended for any age.

In this high energy and entertaining workshop, students learn choreography set to songs from popular musicals, while exploring style, character, and storytelling. No previous dance experience is required.

Want help with a specific project?

Just ask us and we’ll design a class to inspire your students to engage with your project in a new and creative way.

Educational Sponsors

The Public Theatre takes pride in recognizing our educational sponsors. We seek to develop a partnership with local businesses working together for the enrichment of the Lewiston-Auburn area. The following businesses have joined us in this partnership. If you would like to see your company listed here, please contact us regarding sponsorship opportunities.

Educational Underwriters

Androscoggin Bank

Helen and George Ladd
Charitable Corporation

 

Cross Insurance
Maine Arts Commission
Onion Foundation
Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust

Educational Partners