Published: Published: July 25th, 2019

Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative: Theatre Classroom Resources Grant

APPLICATIONS OPEN! Apply Now for the 2019 Classroom Resources Grants

We have great news! The American Theatre Wing is now accepting applications for the 2019 Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative Classroom Resources Grants, and we encourage you to apply.

In just three years, the American Theatre Wing has distributed over $580,000 in grants to elementary, middle, and high schools across the country. The Classroom Resources Grants were designed to aid drama teachers at public K-12 schools to gain access to the resources necessary to ensure a quality, enriching, and well-rounded theatre education. We encourage any public K-12 school in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, or non-profit parent group associated with that school to apply.

Grant requests of up to $100,000 will be considered. The priority of funding will be for requests in the $10,000 to $40,000 range, allowing the Wing to extend meaningful support to multiple deserving schools each year.

The Wing understands the importance of access to resources such as production equipment, lighting supplies, musical instruments, etc, and the impact that access can have on students.That’s why a Classroom Resources Grant can help your theatre program not only be a place for your students to explore their talents and creative ideas, but to also lead them to a lifelong journey as theatre artists, technical professionals, and all around supporters of the performing arts.

The application deadline is September 27th, 11:59PM EST. To begin your application, please click here.

For more information on the Classroom Resources Grants and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative please visit our website. If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please call (212) 765-0606.

Theatre education is important now more than ever, and The Wing is so excited to support its growth across the country. We sincerely hope that you will apply!

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Published: Published: May 3rd, 2019

Arizona OperaTunity “Opera at your School” tours now scheduling in Tucson!

Arizona opera is excited to announce the Fall 2019 OperaTunity tour! Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? and Opera 101 will travel statewide, reaching more than 18,000 students in Tucson – including yours!

Assembly booking is available from September 16 – December 13, 2019

  • Performances can begin at 9:00am every weekday EXCEPT Wednesdays.
  • Shows are FREE for Title 1 schools, and only $400 for non-Title 1 schools
  • You may reserve up to 2 performances (non-Title 1 schools receive two shows for $600)
  • Both shows run about 35 minutes and include a 10 minute Q&A session

Shows are scheduled on a first-come-first-serve basis and space is limited – reserve your show quickly! All dates are subject to final artist approval. We will do everything we can to accommodate your scheduling preferences.

To reserve your show or find out more information, click here: https://www.azopera.org/learn-and-connect/opera-classroom

Not sure what to expect? Check out a video here featuring our performance of Hansel and Gretel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfNTRfS1MNQ

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Published: Published: April 15th, 2019

Bright Star Touring Theatre Booking in Arizona

Bright Star Touring Theatre is coming to Arizona to share their educational performances with schools in our state. Bright Star will be in Mesa from 9/16-20 and is available in other parts of the state for shows on either side of those dates. Bright Star works on the model – “1 van, 2 actors, 3 shows, 45 minutes each!” As such, the tour that is heading to Mesa in September is travelling with three shows from our Fall Tour 4 (click the link for show descriptions):

Captain Friendship: An Antibullying Superhero Adventure (Best for grades K-5)

A Tell-Tale Tale: The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Grades 3+ – but best for Middle School/High School)

Igor and the Masters of STEM (Grades K-6)

Regular pricing for shows is $895 for a single performance, $250 more for each show on the same day, same location, back-to-back.  Schools can cooperate to bring us on the same day (one in the AM and another in the PM) and both save $200 off their booking.  With workshops and residencies also available, check out www.brightstartheatre.com to find out more or call 336.558.7360.

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Published: Published: April 1st, 2019

Create Academy partners with Rising Youth Theatre to Implement a “Theatre for Healthy Emotional Development” Program

As April begins, we are sneaking in a few more highlights to celebrate Arizona Youth Arts Month. We are excited to highlight how theatre programming at an Arizona school contributes to social and emotional learning and positive school climate at Create Academy.  

“Theatre for Healthy Emotional Development” is an arts-based residency run by Rising Youth Theatre in partnership with Create Academy, a Phoenix elementary school. Rising Youth Theatre teaching artists engage students in learning and practicing healthy personal, interpersonal, and social skills. These critical skills support academic learning, and lead to a long-term positive relationship with school. Theatre skills are the program foundation, providing participants with an emotional “toolbox” for this critical work. The entire school community is involved in the project. Artists use storytelling, interactive installations, improvisation, and collaboration tools with students as they practice being engaged citizens of their school and neighborhood. The program extends into the neighborhood through a unique partnership with Social Spin, a local laundromat. This partnership brings the learnings into home spaces as well, bridging into community spaces where families, health, education, and youth development intersect. Now in its second year, this program has resulted in a higher student retention rate, reduced instances of bullying, and increased youth participating in peer to peer advocacy and a higher competency related to healthy social-emotional skills and behaviors.

In order to share the experience of this program, school Principal Kelly Horn, Rising Youth Apprentice Teaching Artist Ty Muhammad, and 5th grade student Annabelle had a conversation about the program as they experience it:

How would you describe the theatre program at Create Academy?

A: Whenever I’m in theatre, I learn how to communicate better. We learn how to do drama, we practice different scenes, tableaux, and different games related to theatre. It helps students understand how to learn better to listen to each other.

K: We define the theatre program here as one of our artists in residence which means that we’ve got these guest artists lare specialists in theatre and the particular case with Rising Youth is that the theatre shares a mission for social activism like our school does. This is an important and very unique partnership. The ultimate goal of the program is that we partner with [Rising Youth Theatre] in creating not only a happier and healthier school community but that the impact of our works help to connect our school to the larger community as well.

T: I completely agree! I would also say it is about how the students connect to each other and interact with each other, as Annabelle mentioned. Students are able to learn how to listen to each other, to learn from each other, and to use theatre games and practices to give attention to things that are important to them. And also the way that y’all talk are able to resolve conflict in general.

What’s your favorite memory from the two years you’ve seen/experienced the program?

A: I like, when last year, when we did tableaux event where we invited parents and we practiced it and we kept practicing it again and again and again and we didn’t get to use props because it was our first time but we did get to record it [for practice] and we performed it in front of everyone on the last day of school.

K: I remember, last year, it was I think at the spring festival when we had parents in the audience as well and each of the grades were doing a little bit of what they’ve learned over the year. And there were a couple of moments that really jumped out at me. One of them was when the 3rd grade class was doing their work, a couple first grade parents were able to come into the scene and they could change places in the scene and they could say freeze and jump in and take someone’s spot. And it was cool because some of the parents got involved with that and practiced conflict resolution alongside their kids. I think that spoke to some of the community engagement. The other one was when the 5th grade class which is now the 6th grade class was talking about how they had actually used some of the techniques they had learned in the theatre program to talk with one another about some behaviors and bullying and things like that. That struck me because I thought it took a lot of courage for them to even be willing to share that they felt like they were being bullied to a group of strangers..

T: My story is really similar to that. Also last year, when we first started doing story circles, everyone was like “Oh this is gross I dont wanna tell my story.” but I have a specific memory of 4th grade now 5th grade of a bunch of students just sitting there, looking bored, not wanting to answer the story circle questions and passing, because we would allow them to pass telling their stories. But then comparing that to the end of the semester, them being very bummed out when we didn’t do a story circle one day. So Mr. Julio (one of the other teaching artists) and I looked at each other and realized that we couldn’t do the lesson, were gonna do a story circle because it’s what the students wanted. But it was super magical because I didn’t realize how important that space had become to the students.

Use one word to describe Create Academy’s current school culture.

A: Chameleon

K: Family

T: Electric

Comparing the beginning of the program to today, how has school culture evolved?

A: Well the first time I was in the class it was with different teachers and we did this energy passing ball where we imagine a ball and we pass it around the circle and we cannot talk while were doing and you have to focus only on the ball and passing it around. And we did other stuff similar to the energy ball except we had to shape it around, turn it into a different shape and then give it to the next person. And now at the end we do harder stuff. We do tableaux and we have taken videos of what we’ve done with our tableaux. We’ve filmed it and we created them ourselves.

K: I think students are talking about their problems more with one another in proactive ways instead of destructive ways.

T: I think along the same train of thought, people are more open in general. Not just about problems but I’ve seen students come out of their shell that I never thought would and I’ve seen friendships grow that I never thought would happen. And it’s really nice to see that, thinking that those two or three personalities would ever come together. It’s really special and I’m really lucky that I’ve been here for both years to be able to see that change.

For more information about Rising Youth Theatre and Create Academy, visit their websites:

Rising Youth Theatre is a youth leadership organization that uses theatre and story to position young people at the center advocacy spaces. The company works with young people and professional adult artists to create socially relevant, original plays. www.risingyouththeatre.org

Through an arts integrated curriculum anchored in project-based learning, Create Academy prepares all students for success in college, career, and society by teaching students to collaboratively invent, design, and implement creative solutions that address societal problems and injustices. www.createacademy.org

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Published: Published: February 26th, 2019

March 19th ASU Theatre Experience

High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors and prospective transfer students are invited to the ASU Tempe Campus on March 16th from 4-9:30pm for the ASU Theatre Experience 2019. The event is free and includes a behind-the-scenes tour of ASU theatre facilities, workshop, and a pizza dinner with current ASU theatre students. Participants will also receive free tickets to the ASU MainStage show, Ajax, and attend a post-show talkback with the director and members of the cast–a unique opportunity to learn all about how the show was created! Please use the link below to register.



ALL participants (students and teachers) must register individually.  ASU staff will provide supervision while students are on campus. This event is for students and teacher chaperones only.

Also NEW this year:

ALL participants must sign an electronic Liability Waiver via DocuSign. Minors under age 18 must also have the signature of their parents/guardians in order to participate.  Teachers whose students or their parents do not have an email address or internet access should email [email protected] to discuss other options.  ASU is committed to conservation; therefore, no paper forms will be accepted at any time.

Show Information:

Ajax Written by Sophocles Translated by John Tipton Directed by Kristin Hunt


In the aftermath of the Trojan War, Menelaus and Agamemnon name Odysseus the greatest warrior, awarding him the armor of the fallen hero Achilles.  Furious at being passed over for this honor, Ajax vows murderous revenge in this timeless tragedy of madness and violence.

ASU’s production of Ajax incorporates punk music and culture as a storytelling backdrop, aiding in the creation of a concert-like theatrical experience.


Schedule: ASU Theatre Experience 4:00 pm: Check-in at Nelson Fine Arts Center, ASU Tempe Campus 4:30 pm: Backstage tour of Nelson Fine Arts Center 5-6:15pm: Workshops with ASU Teaching Artists 6:15-7pm: Dinner with ASU theatre students 7:30pm: Ajax and talkback 9:30pm (approximate): End of day/pick-up at Nelson Fine Arts Center


To register, FIRST complete the Liability Waiver as directed.  It will open in a separate tab.  IMPORTANT:  When finished with the Liability Waiver, please return to the form below to complete and submit your registration.

Only 50 spots available, so please RSVP as soon as possible. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: COB Friday, March 8, 2019.

Questions? Please email [email protected].

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Published: Published: February 4th, 2019


Teachers are invited to participate in our FREE Teacher Tech Tour on Monday, March 4, 2019 from 5:00 – 6:30 PM. Teachers will come to ASU Gammage to meet with our Technical Director and have a special back stage tour of our historic Frank Lloyd Wright building to ask questions and learn more about the theater. Space is limited; register today!

Register at: Links.asu.edu/teachertechtour

Please email [email protected] or call 480-727-6250 if you have any questions.

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