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 tenth year in 2017, 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.
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. The 2017 weeks are January 30th, February 13th, and March 6th, with a final reading of six chosen plays at the Playhouse MainStage on Wednesday, May 10th.
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
The 2017 Teachers Workshop will be on Tuesday, April 11th from 9am to 3:30pm.
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.
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.
For information contact Director of Education/Artistic Associate Piper Goodeve at pgoodeveREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@westonplayhouse.org or (802) 824-8167 x 104.