SHEA'S IN SCHOOLS
Outreach Program

About the Program
The goal of the Shea's in Schools Outreach Program is to support educators by providing arts education programming that supports curriculum and addresses the needs of each individual teacher and his or her students. Shea's Education Program staff will come to your classroom and present a custom designed workshop created specifically to fit your class and students. Workshops are presented either on a one-time or residency basis. All workshops are scheduled in coordination with the school and teaching artist schedules. Workshops may be conducted in connection with a Shea's Broadway or On School Time performance you are attending, or as part of your specific curriculum needs. Shea's in Schools workshops support Common Core and New York State Learning Standards. To request a program please click the link below to download the application or contact Jennifer Fitzery, Senior Education Associate at 716-829-1152, or at jfitzery@sheas.org for more information.

This program is offered at no cost to schools and student groups.
All programs are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Program Options
2017-2018

Programs are available to schools within
45 minutes driving distance from downtown Buffalo.
Please note a minimum of 10 students is required to book a program.
A maximum of 3 workshops can be presented in a day.
A total of no more than 30 minutes may be scheduled between classes (workshops).

SHEA'S ON STAGE (Grades K-12)
This program is designed to enhance the theatre going experience for students who are attending one of Shea's On School Time or Broadway Series performances. A Shea's Education staff member will visit your school shortly before your class sees the show to lead hands-on theatre exercises that connect with the show and discuss the story, themes and characters. Topics may include theatre etiquette, adaptation, and historical period as it pertains to the production. For schools attending On School Time performances a brief talk with a Shea's staff member may be conducted at Shea's following the performance depending on scheduling.

Grades: K-12
Residency Length: 1 day
Workshop Length: 35-40 minutes
Maximum Class Size: 25
Space and Workshop Requirements: Ample space to move throughout the room, CD player or computer with flash drive connection when necessary.

 

BY THE BOOK (Grades K-8)
This residency supports curriculum and improves student comprehension of a specific piece of literature you are reading in class. Through, hands-on, interactive theatre activities that focus on the themes, characters and text of the book students' will develop a greater understanding of the story and characters presented while also making personal connections. Specific program components vary depending on the grade and age of the students. Past workshops have focused on the books Wonder, Esperanza Rising, Peter Pan, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Miracle Worker, The Lightning Thief, A Single Shard, Finding Serendipity, Maniac McGee, and Skippyjon Jones.

Please note some Children's Literature lends itself better to this program than others. Shea's is happy to work with you to find the most suitable book for your students.

Grades: K-8
Residency Length: 2 days (1 day for K-2)
Workshop Length: 30-40 minutes (depending on grade level)
Maximum Class Size: 25
Space and Workshop Requirements: Ample space to move throughout the room, CD player, or computer with flash drive connection when necessary
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IMAGINATION EXPLORATION (Grades K-2)
This workshop encourages children to explore all the facets of their imagination. Children participate in creative movement games, invent characters and visit real and imaginary worlds through music, movement and dance.

Grades: K-2
Residency Length: 1 day
Workshop Length: 30 minutes.
Maximum Class Size: 25
Space and Workshop Requirements: Ample space to move freely around the room, CD player or computer with flash drive connection when necessary
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OUTSIDE THE BOX (Grades 3-8)
This program will encourage students to "think outside the box" and explore their creativity by examining numerous forms of expression through voice, movement, and imaginative play. Each student will discover his or her unique gifts and individual talents as they explore how to create a character or express an idea.

Grades: 3-8
Residency Length: 1-2 days
Workshop Length: 35-40 minutes
Maximum Class Size: 25
Space and Workshop Requirements: Ample space to move throughout the room, CD player or computer with flash drive connection when necessary.

 

READER'S THEATRE RESIDENCY (Grades 3-12)
Shea's Reader's Theatre program is a great way to help boost fluency and comprehension in young readers. This one week residency will introduce students to the art of Reader's Theatre. Throughout the week students will learn about pronunciation, projection, character and stage presence while increasing their vocabulary and knowledge of the subject matter. The program can be done in connection with fables, stories, myths, folktales or as a part of your specific curriculum needs.

Grades: 3-12
Residency Length: 5 days
Workshop Length: 45 minutes
Maximum Class Size: 25
Space and Workshop Requirements: Ample, unobstructed space to move about the room and several music stands on which to place scripts. Once a script is selected teachers will be asked to make copies for the class.

(Please Note: The class will be divided into several small groups each performing the same story)

 

HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Shea's is happy to work with 9-12 grade educators to create a one of a kind, theatre based program based on your needs. Shea's offers programs in Acting, Character Development and Analysis, Basic Improvisation and Careers in the Arts. Any of these programs can be designed to meet your specific curriculum needs. Please contact Jennifer Fitzery for more information.

 

For continuity sake, all multi-day programs should be scheduled on successive days.

Shea's in Schools Application 2017-2018

Please contact Jennifer Fitzery at jfitzery@sheas.org or at 716-829-1152 for more information.