Overview of Programs
A more extensive classroom experience in which professional artists from Arizona Theatre Company spend multiple days with your students to delve deeper into the craft of performance and the exploration of dramatic literature. Residencies range from two to five days and allow students the chance to discover and develop specialized techniques, as well as sharpen their critical and analytical skills.
Show-specific and theatre-based lesson plans are available on the education page of our website. Teachers can use these plans as a supplement to ATC’s play guides when preparing students for a student matinee or to illustrate specific theatrical concepts for their students.
This service to Arizona educators allows them to invite ATC teaching artists into their classrooms to teach one-day workshops in areas such as acting, lighting and sound design, make-up design, stage combat, and careers in theatre to both theatre and non-theatre classrooms. Sessions are available at a highly subsidized cost to the school.
This new initiative is a multi-layered, three-year learning project focusing on the words and ideas of Shakespeare. Using Shakespeare’s plays as a starting point, this program is designed to inspire creativity in young people across Arizona. Working in schools over a sustained period of time, as well as in shorter residencies, this program is rooted in cross-curricular learning as a way to support and develop literacy and confidence in young people starting to explore and express opinion.
Open to students within the Phoenix area, the students accepted into this program are exposed to professional artistic productions, including theatre, ballet, opera, and symphony. Following each performance, students meet with guest artists and ATC staff to discuss the production and its elements. This project can impact immeasurably on the personal lives, educational goals, and cultural development of young people. It seeks to develop critical thinking and a cultural literacy across art forms and support formal school-based learning experiences.
This informative guide is available free of charge on ATC’s website as a resource for all patrons. The guide covers topics relating to the play, the time period in which the play is set, and the process the play went through to reach production. As an added feature for educators bringing students to see ATC’s student matinees, this guide includes post-show discussion questions as well as theatre and language-arts related lesson plans for each production. All lesson plans are aligned with Arizona State Standards for Education.
Professional Internship Program
College students interested in a career in theatre are afforded a “hands-on” opportunity to master skills in their chosen theatre discipline. Under the guidance of ATC staff, our interns are mentored in a nurturing and professional environment to gain skills in our technical, artistic and education departments.
Student Matinees allow ATC to share the live theatre experience at low or no cost to young people throughout Arizona. Each matinee is followed by a post-performance discussion with cast members and ATC staff, providing students the opportunity to interact with members of the production team. Play Guides are also available to teachers to enhance students' understanding of each play and to assist in fulfilling Arizona Arts Standards. Backstage tours and school visits led by our education and learning team complete this learning opportunity.
Summer on Stage
In this 5-week theatre training program, high school students learn a variety of acting and production techniques. Character development, voice and movement for the actor, scene and monologue study, and theatrical design and management are all explored. Students are guided by ATC staff and other professional theatre artists through an intensive rehearsal process culminating in fully staged performances at the Temple of Music and Art.