Theatre in Education (TIE) is a hybrid form presented by actors who are versed in participatory drama techniques and methods of both theatre, and teaching. In TIE, audience members become participants in the story, interacting directly with the issues and dilemmas facing the protagonists. The companies or "teams" aim to provide more than entertainment – although the work should be fun – and to teach something other than theatre skills or theatre appreciation – although these may be by-products

To learn more, join us for five original pieces of TIE created by students in the M.A. program's Teaching Through Theatre: the Theory and Practice of TIE.

Saturday, May 18th  

At CUNY's Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education

25 W. 43rd Street, 18th Floor 

New York, NY 10001


1:15pm-3:15pm Building a Bridge

 Building A Bridge is a theatre in education experience that supports second-grade study of the Brooklyn Bridge. The story centers on a young girl and her friend, and weaves in the historical events and challenges surrounding the building of the Bridge. Through the story, students grapple with multiple layers of conflict and explore the question, "How can I disagree with my friends?" 

3:30pm-5:30pm Genderopolis   

In an imagined world where gender is prescribed at puberty and there are consequences for violating the gender laws, what happens when someone crosses the line between feminine and masculine roles? How are your experiences, thoughts, values and actions impacted by gender norms? Join this piece designed for college freshmen and sophomores.

Sunday, May 19th

At CUNY's Creative Arts Team

101 West 31st Street, 6th Floor 

New York, NY 10001 


11am-1pm The Cost of Energy: What is the price?

The construction of a massive hydroelectric dam in Canada's James Bay promises residents clean energy and thousands of jobs. But what does it mean for the native Cree and Inuit tribes who hunt and fish on the land? The spirit of nature hears all sides of the argument and asks students to join in making some decisions. What is our responsibility to each other – and to the earth?

1:30pm-3:30pm Goose Patrol!
In this Theatre in Education piece, four- and five-year olds join the Goose Patrol, a flock of problem solving geese in a quest to return home. Traveling to a variety of exotic locations, the patrol encounters many different birds in need of assistance–challenging them to explore collaboration, communication, and responsibility.

3:45pm-5:45pm Against the Current
In this interactive drama for high school students, all is prosperous and all seems good in Cameris City. The question remains, what lies downstream and what will you do when you learn the truth? The TIE project explores when, why and how people choose to take a stand.

Admission is free.

Note that the festival will be held in two separate venues.

Guests are welcome to attend any or all of the performances.