The Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York utilizes service learning to best prepare candidates for careers as theatre teacher and teaching artist. Community outreach programs include:
After School Drama Program
Collaborating with PS 161 in Harlem, candidates enrolled in EDCE 3700C Fundamentals of Teaching Theatre work alongside their instructor, to direct, choreograph, produce, design and teach a full-scale musical with the 6th-8th grade students. Through this partnership middle school students gain self-confidence, learn how to collaborate with peers, and develop theatre skills.
In addition, graduate candidates enrolled in EDCE 3600C Theatre for Youth and Young Audiences create curriculum guides and facilitating pre show workshops and post show discussions with 3rd – 5th grade students.
Readings on the Road
Candidates enrolled in EDCE 3600C Theatre for Youth and Young Audiences, develop and perform age appropriate theatre piece. To supplement the experience candidates develop pre-show lesson workshops, write curriculum guides, and participate in show talk back sessions. Performances have been presented throughout the Harlem community including: PS 161, HELP USA SHELTER, PS 180, and for the Hamilton Heights Parent Association.
Harlem Children's Theatre Festival
Candidates enrolled in EDCE 4400C Arts Integration: Theatre and Related Arts in the Curriculum (Pre K-6) and EDCE 3600C Theatre for Youth and Young fully produce an afternoon community festival for families to come and experience and participate in the joy of theatre. Candidates in the program produce original Theatre for Youth and the Very Young while families also enjoy opportunities to build and play with masks and puppets, explore the dress up corner, play musical instruments, participate in sing-a-longs and learn basic theatre skills.
Arts Integration Residency
Candidates enrolled in EDCE 4400C Arts Integration: Theatre and the Related Arts in the Curriculum use drama to teach core content areas or use core content as source material to teach theatre skills, while collaborating with a full time teacher. This residency model is fully implemented in the K-2nd grade classrooms at PS 161 as well as various other classrooms throughout New York City.
Devising Theatre with the Community
Candidates enrolled in EDCE 7900A Devising Theatre collaborate with community-based organizations to devise original theatre. Partnering organizations have included HELP USA and Manhattanville Senior Center. Candidates collaborate with participants and colleagues in class to devise theatre pieces often based on the themes and experiences of their participants. Participants will gain confidence, works as an ensemble and develop theatre skills.