School & Community Partnerships

American Stage has many artistic partnerships with schools and community organizations throughout Pinellas County. All young people deserve the opportunity to grow intellectually, emotionally, and creatively with access to a quality arts education.

Our Write On! Pinellas programs in local schools and community organizations reach 450 participants each year. All of these programs are offered at no cost to the students or to the organizations we work with. Generous funding from our sponsors allows us to train and hire 10 Teaching Artists each semester – who are all professional local theatre artists (actors, designers, directors, etc).

Write On! Playwriting programs bring a Teaching Artist to the school 1-2 times each week throughout the semester to guide students through the artistic process of writing original 10-minute plays in small groups.  The curriculum connects with Florida State Standards and Core Arts Standards from the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards. We focus on self-expression, constructing and articulating clear ideas, creative writing and story structure, and artistic collaboration. Each session culminates in a very proud and inspiring event for these young playwrights: a staged reading of the student plays by professional actors.
Current Write On! Playwriting schools:
Pinellas Park Middle School
Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School
Lakewood High School
Northeast High School

Our Write On! Drama programs in local schools and community organizations give people of all ages and grade levels a chance to explore and express their creative voice, while developing performance and communication skills. Teaching Artists work closely with each school and sponsor teacher to craft a curriculum based on their goals. Typically, this results in a clear learning trajectory from the fall to spring semesters:
In the fall, students explore the building blocks of collaboration, story structure, and acting technique, culminating in a Final Sharing for family and friends that demonstrates what they’ve learned.
In the spring, Teaching Artists guide students through a very focused, yet collaborative Devised Theatre process that is particularly effective in under-served communities, because it brings participants together with a unified voice. They apply the skills learned in the fall to craft an original performance posing important and intriguing questions that speak to their community.
Write On! Drama curriculum is connected to Core Arts Standards from the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards. Our partners include:
Lakeview Elementary
Madeira Beach Fundamental Elementary & Middle Schools
PARC
Pinellas Juvenile Detention Center

 

To explore a partnership with your school or organization, contact us at 727-823-1600 x 201 or tford@americanstage.org.

Highlights from Write On! 2015-16

American Stage Education Sponsors