At Writers' Theatre we offer theatre and literary arts programs to schools and students throughout Chicago and on the North Shore. We specialize in creating customized programs and workshops using both academic and creative exercises to get students excited about learning.
Our education programs have reached more than 35,000 students. Teaching the artistic philosophies held by Writers' Theatre, the Education Programs promote the power of self-expression, a deep appreciation for literature, and strengthen students' collaborative skills.
The Carol Marks Jacobsohn Arts & Education Programs at Writers’ Theatre include:
Write On!, a completely flexible artist-in-residence program that can be customized to suit your needs. We can create an after-school drama program, a theatre unit that connects directly with your classroom subject, a series of writing or performance classes or ANYTHING else you can imagine.
The Novel Series Study Plan, (NSSP) a cutting-edge arts and literature curriculum. Students study a book through writing exercises, discussion prompts and vocabulary lessons in addition to working with a Writers' Theatre Teaching Artist to explore a book through performance. Students use their bodies and voices to make new and exciting connections to the text. A rich curriculum and an alternative to worksheets and basal readers.
The MLK Project: The Fight For Civil Rights, a touring educational performance that chronicles a Chicago student’s journey as she learns about the Civil Rights Movement. The play features the real stories of Chicago-area Civil Rights Activists. The play tours to schools and community organizations in January and February each year and includes a study guide to further explore social justice issues.
Audience enrichment programming includes: From Page to Stage, a free, public collaboration between Writers’ Theatre and North Shore libraries that explores the literary and theatrical themes of our stage productions, and our post-show discussions.
Writers’ Theatre also offers high school and college students the opportunity to learn about the operations of the theatre through exciting internship opportunities in the areas of development, marketing and communications, arts education and theatre administration and through a Youth Council for high school students. See the internship/youth council page for application information.