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School Programs

Building Skills and a Love of Live Performance.

Born out of and dedicated to its community, Weston Playhouse has a long history of valuing education and outreach. This connection with our neighbors and friends is part of who we are as a company, and it begins with introducing children to the joy of theatre through our exciting School Programs. Teamwork, self-confidence, and empathy are all part of engaging with theatre as a child, and we strive to grow a curious and well-rounded audience member, from the roots up.

Early Stages: Our Elementary School Residency Program

Entering its eleventh year in 2018, this beloved program gives local elementary school students the opportunity to experience the joy of creating their own theatrical performance, while working alongside professional teaching artists on original and pre-written material. Early Stages uses theatre as a fun and interactive tool to enhance literacy, build confidence, and encourage creativity. The curriculum is also designed to meet Common Core narrative writing standards. For an idea of what to expect, take a look at the 2017 program discription below! For information contact Director of Education/Artistic Associate Piper Goodeve at pgoodeveREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@westonplayhouse.org or (802) 824-8167 x 104. 

During the month of May, a Weston teaching artist will work with students and teachers from your school to write, design and perform short plays/scenes, inspired by the family-friendly show that opens our summer theatre season. The 2017 Early Stages program is geared toward 3rd to 5th graders and is based on Really Rosie by Maurice Sendak and Carole King. 2017 residency dates: May 8th through June 2nd. Join us for a day of family fun and a performance of work from Early Stages on Saturday June 3rd at the Playhouse MainStage.

Playdate at the Playhouse

Vermont Young Playwrights Project: Our High School Residency Program

Each winter, a Weston teaching artist guides high school students in writing their own original one-act plays. Over six weeks, the professional playwright/teaching artist leads three in-school sessions (three hours per session) where students learn about the structure and elements of plays and receive a constructive analysis of their work in a supportive group environment. While all participating students will experience the pride of completing a play, six selected young playwrights will see their work brought to life by experienced actors under professional direction on the Playhouse MainStage. Please check back soon for information on the 2018 program. For information contact Director of Education/Artistic Associate Piper Goodeve at pgoodeveREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@westonplayhouse.org or (802) 824-8167 x 104. 

Click the logos below to check out our partners for Young Playwrights, as well as some great online resources for young writers!

The Young Playwrights Project may be on set dates, but to keep writing all year long, check out the Young Writers Project, an online community of young writers and mentors, with writing prompts, contests, and more!

Weston's Young Playwrights program is produced in conjunction with the Flynn Center and Vermont Stage Company, and is made possible in part by Creative Connections Arts Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation.

 

Teachers Workshop: Held Annually for Teachers in Vermont and Greater New England

Teachers on stage performing an excerpt

Information on the 2018 Teachers Workshop will be released soon. For an idea of what to expect, check out the 2017 information below. For information contact Director of Education/Artistic Associate Piper Goodeve at pgoodeveREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@westonplayhouse.org or (802) 824-8167 x 104. 

2017 Teachers Workshop: Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night

The 2017 Teachers Workshop will explore Eugene O'Neill and his work, and will prepare teachers for the fall School Matinee performances of Long Day's Journey into Night—the third offering in Weston’s multi-year commitment to American Masters.

Join fellow educators from around the state for a day of professional learning in a fun, creative environment. With a keynote address by professor Gary Vena from The New School of Drama in NYC, a conversation with Weston's Producing Artistic Director Steve Stettler, and an interactive workshop with Sophia Chapadjiev, Director of Education and Playwriting at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, the 2017 Teachers Workshop is sure to be an exciting and informative day for all. Teachers can earn Professional Learning Credit and Certificates of Participation are issued upon completion.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
8:45am – 3:30pm. Doors open at 8:30 for sign-in and coffee
Weston Playhouse on the Village Green, 12 Park Street, in Weston, Vermont
Cost: $65. Includes a study guide, breakfast buffet, and lunch.

SCHOOL MATINEES

More than one thousand students from middle schools, high schools, home schools, and colleges throughout Vermont and greater New England are served each year by our School Matinee program. These special fall performances are made available to school groups at heavily discounted and subsidized prices and are further enhanced by printed study guides and post-show discussions.

The Fall 2017 School Matinee production was Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, with a talkback with the cast following each performance. Check back soon for 2018 information.  
 

For information contact Director of Education/Artistic Associate Piper Goodeve at pgoodeveREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@westonplayhouse.org or (802) 824-8167 x 104.