In 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., TIE's first priority is to challenge participants to explore pressing questions and issues in their lives.
To learn more, join us on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 for six original pieces of TIE created by students in the M.A. in Applied Theatre's course Teaching Through Theatre: The Theory and Practice of Theatre in Education. Read about each team's project and RSVP below!
At CUNY's Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education
25 W. 43rd Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10001
10:45am-12:45pm Dream Detectives
Michelle Payler and Amy Fitts
When he learns that he's been denied his dream of attending music camp, 9-year-old Nate Miller runs away. In this drama for 4th graders, join the Dream Detectives in finding Nate and investigating what it takes for anyone to pursue their dreams.
Jill Barry, Sarah Bowles, and Stephanie Eiss
Our program takes 8th grade students into a futuristic world in which access to information is restricted and what is allowed to be known, learned, and expressed is heavily regulated. How much freedom would you exchange for safety? What is the cost of standing up for what you believe?
4pm-6pm Math Magic
Reesa Graham and Ben Prusiner
Travel back to pre-school in this fanciful exploration of early math! Taking on the role of a "Helping Hare" in the Magical Forest of Numbers, you'll encounter creatures with innumerable problems that they need YOU to help them solve! And, if you succeed, rewards are in store!
M.A. in Applied Theatre Studios
101 West 31st Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001
10:45am-12:45pm Creature Crisis! A Tale of Blood and Feathers
Jane O'Leary, Olivia O'Brien, and Renata Melillo
How do we know what is the right thing to do? How do we decide? These questions and more are explored through the lens of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein: a tale of blame, consequences, and responsibility–now brought back to life for students in the second grade.
1:30pm-3:30pm The Callback
Adeola Adegbola, Irene Kapustina, Jen Little, Lori Barringer, and Marcela Barrientos
The Callback is a theatrical journey through the emotional and financial challenges artists face as they pursue their careers. Designed for undergraduate theatre students, the piece interrogates financial literacy, self-advocacy, and the value of artists and art in our society today.
4pm-6pm Extra, Extra, Read All About It!
Rachel Castillo and Michael Pantone
Extra, Extra, Read All About It! asks 8th graders to don their newsie caps and grab their bundles of "papes" in an historical exploration of the 1899 New York City Newsboy strike.
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.