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Exploring the World of Theatre

A black teacher acting in front of a seated group of children in a theatre class.

The “Secrets” Children Learn:


The World of Theatre, which follows Dance In America, is designed as a 12 week on campus residency program for 3rd-5th grades.  This program introduces up to 25 students in each classroom to the captivating art of theatre. Throughout the program, students engage in a variety of activities and lessons that nurture their creativity, self expression, and explore different cultures and theatrical traditions from around the world.

Exploring the World of Theatre presents universal themes by teaching theatre through a variety of engaging activities, lessons and theater practices in cultures from around the world. Students develop essential skills such as creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. The “secrets” taught throughout the course include: play, emotion, intention, transformation. The world cultures explored include: Ancient Greece, Italy, Norway, France, England, United States/Chicago, Scotland, Tanzania and Russia.

  • Parent Orientation: Provides an overview of what students experience during the residency and introduces parents to the concept of theatre through group activities.


  • Professional Development: Offers participating teachers an opportunity to learn the program’s goals and expected outcomes and gives them a preview of some of the activities that students will experience. The professional development is open to all teachers and staff, regardless of grade level.


  • Theatre Workshops: Students learn about theatre and theatrical techniques through a curriculum that includes language arts, vocabulary, geography and mathematics.  The curriculum is based upon the California Arts Standards, and  is aligned with the Common Core Standards for language.
A boy smiling and looking down with a face painted as a clown in a theater classroom.


Whole Program Demo

Content Demo​