Theatre Arts Training
CTC’s Theatre Arts Training program (TAT) provides instruction in storytelling, acting, dance, voice, directing, and playwriting for young people ages 2-18. During the 2012-2013 season, the TAT program served 2,441 students with sequenced classes during the school year as well as summer camps. Additionally, the program includes the pre-professional Lab Program, which provides older students with an intensive, conservatory-style learning experience. In order to make these arts education opportunities accessible to all, CTC provided 136 scholarships totaling more than $22,000 to TAT students. Some of this past summer’s TAT classes included Pinkalicious for ages 4-5, Pixies and Pirates for grades K-2, A Tale Dark and Grimm for grades 2-3, Narnia Ho! for grades 4-6, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Junior for grades 5-8 (Junior Intensive), and RENT for grades 9-12 (Senior Intensive).
Neighborhood Bridges is CTC’s nationally recognized literacy program that empowers students to become animators of their own lives. The program brings a CTC teaching artist into each participating classroom once a week, for thirty-one weeks, with a global curriculum of stories. In response to the stories, children engage in language and writing activities, discuss character and theme, and produce scenes for their peers. In the 2012-2013 school year, 640 3rd-6th grade students from 23 classrooms in 11 Twin Cities schools participated in the Neighborhood Bridges Program. Fourteen high school students from Breck School also participated in Bridges as Teaching Artist Interns at Lyndale Elementary School. For teachers, interns, and students alike, the program was an overall positive experience. As one intern put it, “The program was incredible just the way it was, the students loved us and I loved the class too. WE both worked together.”
Theatre and Literacy Partnership
A total of 1,708 Twin Cities teachers and students were served through CTC’s Theatre and Literacy Partnership. In the words of one teacher in a participating school, “This is my students’ chance to get to know what live theatre is—they don’t see live theatre outside of school, and our school doesn’t offer other theatre opportunities outside of CTC’s program. My students wouldn’t know what live theatre is without it.”
Early Childhood Initiative
CTC’s Early Childhood Initiative combines theatre arts-based learning experiences with best practices in early childhood education to support the healthy development of early learners ages 2-6. This program is implemented in three forms: the Early Bridges curriculum, which partners with preschools serving low-income communities; productions designed specifically for early learners; and residencies in early Childhood Family Education classrooms. Through our Early Childhood Initiative, CTC brought live performances and theatre arts-based learning opportunities to nearly 2,500 children ages 2-6 and their caregivers. Thanks to the generous support of individual and institutional donors for the Early Childhood Initiative, CTC was also able to tour our production specifically for early learners, The Biggest Little House in the Forest, to preschool sites in the Twin Cities, reaching more than 500 low-income children.