Grades 6-12

Speak Up! brings a custom-designed theatre for social change residency to your school. This program brings current events into the classroom by facilitating a process where students devise an original performance on topical issues. Students combine factual information with their own stories to address issues that have a problematic impact on our communities. Northlight’s goal is to increase a student’s participation in the arts by making theatre accessible while building creativity, reflection, confidence, and collaboration skills.

 

Pre-Residency

Planning meeting between classroom teacher, Northlight Director of Education, and Teaching Artist.

Residency

Sessions scheduled per residency can be customizable, ranging between 8-24 sessions. Each residency is structured to first allow students to explore community and current events, then laying a foundation of skill-based learning in theatre and drama. Next students move into a process of making their own theatrical production, culminating with a presentation for peers, administrators, and students, and capped off with action items to move forward, reflect, and celebrate.

Optional Northlight On-site Visit

Attend a Northlight Season Access student matinee to give students access to a professional theatre experience, modeling the art they will be making in the classroom.

Post-Residency

Post-mortem between classroom teacher, Northlight Director of Education, and Teaching Artist. All student and teacher assessments and rubrics will be collected.

 

To find out more information or book a residency, please contact Mara Stern, Director of Education, at mstern@northlight.org or 847.324.1607.