ARTS INTEGRATION RESIDENCIES
Imagination Stage’s Teaching Artists use theatre arts and the curriculum in your classroom to help enhance student learning during their school day over a set number of weeks. Throughout the sessions of the residency (45 min – 1-hour sessions), the Teaching Artists work with students to fully explore a selected academic subject using drama, music, movement, and visual arts.
Imagination Stage Teaching Artists can build a residency tailored to your school from the guidelines set forth in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards (CCR).
ARTS INTEGRATION FOR CLASSROOM TEACHERS
Imagination Stage is a catalyst for creativity. For over 35 years, our dedicated staff of teaching artists has worked with young people to not only develop their theatre arts skills, but also to increase their creativity—a key factor in lifelong success.
Imagination Stage’s professional development initiatives use an experiential approach that provides teachers with both a theoretical and practical foundation for integrating arts-based instructional strategies into their pedagogy. We have led sessions with teachers from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington, DC, Montgomery County Public Schools, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, and DC Project Zero (a partnership with Harvard University). Professional Development sessions can be flexibly arranged with your school or school district’s schedule in mind. In the past, sessions have been as short as 1-3 hours, or as long as five full days.
Director of Education
PREVIOUS RESIDENCIES (SAMPLING)
Math and Movement (PRE-K)
Through dramatic play, music, and movement, students will explore how to use their actor’s tools of body, voice, mind, and imagination to explore numbers and counting through movement. Students will participate in activities including instrument play and dance to learn how math moves!
Growing in the Garden
In this residency, students work with key components of creative drama and movement including storytelling, roleplay, tableaux, improvisation, sensory exploration, and character building in order to gain a deeper understanding of the variety of ways animals aid in pollination and disperse seeds. Students will explore topics such as seed germination, pollination, and the life cycle of a plant and work towards creating their own story on these processes that they act out as their culminating project.
Narrative Writing and Acting
In this residency, students will work deeply within a creative drama unit where they will utilize tableaux, dialogue, improvisation, movement, and character building in order to explore their ideas kinesthetically and apply that to their writing work. Students will learn to give constructive feedback, craft stories with strong structure and conflicts, and work as collaborators with their fellow students. Through a focus on narrative writing, students will use journaling and the drama activities listed above to work towards writing and performing their own monologues.
IN-SCHOOL ACCESS RESIDENCIES
Students participating in residencies are encouraged and supported to further develop individual creativity, self-awareness, flexibility, empathy, and self-esteem while increasing the vital ensemble skills of communication and collaboration.
Residencies are custom-designed to meet the goals of our partner organization’s classrooms and students.
We have worked with students on a range of skills from workplace readiness to building self-confidence and creativity for all kinds of communicators.
SATELLITE PROGRAMS STAFF
School Partnerships Manager
Danielle Mathers is the School Partnerships Manager at Imagination Stage. She is an arts educator who specializes in teaching, managing and directing programs, and creating performing arts experiences for young people. Previously, Danielle worked as Program Director and as a teaching artist for children ages 3-18 with Broadway Workshop. She also served as the Artistic Associate at New York City Children’s Theatre. At Imagination Stage, Danielle creates and manages arts integration residency programs and also organizes after school arts enrichment opportunities in schools across Maryland and DC. She holds a MA from Brooklyn College and a BA in Theatre and Music from Muhlenberg College.