CUNY School of Professional Studies. M.A. in Applied Theatre: 2014 Theatre in Education Festival!

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!

Saturday, May 17th

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.

1:30pm-3:30pm Akrasia

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!   

Sunday, May 18th 

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.