Education Programs

"We use theatre as a catalyst to inspire creativity." - ATC Learning & Education Department

STUDENTS OF TODAY ARE THE ARTISTS OF TOMORROW. ATC’S LEARNING & EDUCATION PROGRAMS INSPIRE CREATIVITY IN SCHOOLS AND ACROSS THE STATE IN A NUMBER OF WAYS, BOTH CONNECTED TO OUR STAGE AND BEYOND OUR WALLS. YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF ATC MAKES PROGRAMS LIKE THESE POSSIBLE.

     

ON OUR STAGE

The live theatre experience is at the heart of everything we do in Learning & Education. We strive to make that experience accessible to students of all ages and abilities, whether that means subsidizing student tickets or providing contextualized lesson plans for the classroom.

STUDENT MATINEES

Student Matinees allow us to share the live theatre experience at low or no cost to young people throughout Arizona. Each Student Matinee performance is followed by a post-show discussion with members of the cast and ATC staff, and informative Play Guides are available for teachers to enhance their students’ understanding of each play. Classroom visits and backstage tours are other possible extras to complete the Student Matinee experience.

2018/2019 SEASON

SCENE IN AMERICA
This new season offers you a kaleidoscope of reflections and explorations of the American experience, themes of literal and metaphorical family, and views of the world we live in. Through these six plays you’ll find countless ways to connect these stories to American History, cultural awareness, self-exploration, current events and much more. Our Study Guides, provided when you attend a matinee, will explore in more depth how you can connect each experience to your curriculum.

NATIVE GARDENS
BY KAREN ZACARÍAS

September 25, 2018, 10 AM
Temple of Music & Art, Tucson

October 16, 2018, 10 AM
Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

High-powered lawyer Pablo and his wife Tania, a doctoral candidate, are working toward the American Dream. They move into a well-to-do, mostly white neighborhood in our nation’s capital. A delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out, laugh-out-loud comic border dispute, exploring what is an otherwise hot-button issue through a refreshing comedic lens.

Keywords: Border-Issues, Latinx Themes, Racism, Gardening, Classicism, Privilege, the Environment, Ageism, Neighbors, Current Events 
Recommended for grades 7-12

ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT’S END
BY MARGARET ENGEL AND ALLISON ENGEL

November 6, 2018, 10 AM
Temple of Music & Art, Tucson

November 27, 2018, 10 AM
Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

 A loving tribute to the Ohio wife and mother turned longtime Arizona resident who made herself into a national superstar as a bestselling author and syndicated journalist, who was lauded for opening up the secret world of the mother and housewife. Discover the story behind America’s beloved humorist, who championed women’s lives with wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all – the truth.

Keywords: Motherhood, Women’s Rights Movement, Arizona, Family, Journalism, American History, 1960s-1990s 
Recommended for grades 6-12

THE MUSIC MAN
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY MEREDITH WILLSON
BOOK BY MEREDITH WILLSON AND FRANKLIN LACEY

December 11, 2018 & December 18, 2018, 10 AM
Temple of Music & Art, Tucson

January 15th & 22nd, 2019, 10 AM
Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

The irresistible musical tribute to the power of make-believe marches onto the ATC stages – and into your heart – with trumpets blaring! By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic, and touching, The Music Man is American musical theatre at its best.

Keywords:  Music, Classic Musical Theater, Power of Art, Family, Relationships, Midwest, Early 1900s, American History
Recommended for grades 1-12

TWO TRAINS RUNNING
BY AUGUST WILSON

February 5, 2019, 10 AM
Temple of Music & Art, Tucson

February 26, 2019. 10 AM
Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

There’s a new president in the White House. Racial tensions are on the rise. But no, it’s not 2018. It’s 1969 – and the Civil Rights Movement is sending tremors through Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Two Trains Running explores a time of extraordinary change – and the ordinary people who get left behind.

Keywords: Race, Civil Rights Movement, African American Themes, American History, 1960s, Gentrification, Community 
Recommended for grades 9-12

AMERICAN MARIACHI
BY JOSÉ CRUZ GONZÁLEZ

March 27, 2019, 10 AM
Temple of Music & Art, Tucson

April 9, 2019, 10 AM
Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

Spending her days caring for her ailing mother, Lucha yearns to break her monotonous routine. Here’s a wild idea: an all-girl mariachi band! But it’s the 1970s, and girls can’t be mariachis … or can they? A heartwarming and hilarious new comedy about music’s power to heal and connect, featuring gorgeous live mariachi music that will send your heart soaring.

Keywords: Latinx Themes, Mariachi, Music, Women’s Empowerment, Family, Southwest, Mexican Culture, Mental Illness, 1970s
Recommended for grades 1-12

THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE
BY ANDREW BOVELL

AN AMERICAN PREMIERE!

May 7, 2019, 10 AM
Temple of Music & Art, Tucson

May 21st, 2019 10 AM
Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

Can a parent love their children too much? Is it possible to not love them enough? These are questions that hover over Things I Know to Be True, a beautiful and painfully perceptive portrait of a family and the frictions that arise when grown-up children try to push beyond the confines of their loving parents’ expectations.

Keywords:  Family, Growing Up, Choices, Relationships, Marriage, Gender and Gender roles, Prejudice, Reconnecting, Drug abuse and Addiction
Recommended for grades 7-12

Curated Packages Tailored to Your Classroom
We want you to be able to take advantage of all that these shows have to offer. That’s why we created four curated packages specifically designed to integrate the themes presented through these plays into your classroom.

Each package comes with a free workshop for your class where we will explore the intersections between the shows in a creative and meaningful way.

The Power of Music
Explore the power of music in American Mariachi and The Music Man, two plays about different communities who find that starting a band can lead to hope, love, friendship and sense of purpose in a changing world. Through the lens of these two plays our workshop will ask the questions, what makes music so powerful? Why tell stories through song? And what does it say about society and people if two different communities can have such a similar experience?

Her Story: Women in History and Today
These three plays: Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, American Mariachi and Native Gardens, are full of girl power. Erma Bombeck was a pioneer journalist who wrote truthfully and honestly about motherhood and life as a woman. The young women in American Mariachi rebel against societal norms by starting an all-female mariachi band, and the main character in Native Gardens is a young passionate and spunky PhD Candidate who won’t take no for an answer.

Race, Culture and Identity
Native Gardens, American Mariachi and Two Trains Running explore issues of racial tension, prejudice, class, identity and privilege. Each play looks at a different time and place whether in American history or today political landscape. As the stories unfold, your students will be able to talk about how culture shapes who they are while also engaging with stories that explore characters who are asking themselves the same questions.

The American Family 
What does the American family look like? What did the American Dream look like in the past? What does it look like today? While all of our plays this season talk about family, these three stories told side by side, help us to visualize the kaleidoscope that is, was and can be the American family. In Things I Know to Be True, American Mariachi, and Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End we get to witness three different family’s grapple with illness, mortality, relationships and ultimately what it means to love one another. 

Registration Form: Tucson / Temple of Music and Art

To schedule a student matinee field trip in Tucson, please email the completed registration form to Jasmine Roth, Education Associate, jroth@arizonatheatre.org

Registration Form: Phoenix / Herberger Theater Center 

To schedule a student matinee field trip in Phoenix, please email the completed registration form to cabaroa@arizonatheatre.org

POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS

Led by a member of ATC staff, post-show discussions are lively conversations between actors and audience about the play and its performance. Post-show discussions are offered after select regular performances and all Student Matinees.

PLAY GUIDES

These guides are created for each of our plays and are available as a free resource on our website. Play Guides cover topics relating to the play, contextual information about the period in which the play is set, and the process the play went through to reach production. For plays featured in our Student Matinee Series, Play Guides will include theatre and language arts-related lesson plans as well as discussion questions for the classroom.

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SUMMER ON STAGE

Summer on Stage is a five-week intensive training program in performance and technical theatre that culminates in two fully realized productions performed on the main stage at the Temple of Music and Art. Arizona Theatre Company staff and professional teaching artists selected by ATC lead students through immersive training that contributes to an experience that prepares young people for a creative and engaged life in the arts or in any field! Click here for more information.

SUMMER OF YOUTH UNHEARD
Dates: June 25 – July 29, 2018

POLAROID STORIES – Performances July 26 (7:00 p.m.), July 28 (8:00 p.m.)
By Naomi Iizuka

A visceral blend of mythological stories told through the eyes of American street youth.

AMERICAN IDIOT – Performances July 27 (7:00 p.m.), July 28 (1:00 p.m.)
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong, Michael Mayer
Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong

The rock opera based on Green Day’s concept album explores the struggles of American teens finding their way in a post-9/11 world.

Registration is coming soon!

Photo Galleries

The following production photos are courtesy of Katie Christensen.

2017 Photo Gallery

The following professional production photos are courtesy of Saguaro Shadows Photography.

2016 Photo Gallery
2015 Photo Gallery

2014 Photo Gallery
2013 Photo Gallery

 

Take a look at what Summer on Stage is all about!


Video courtesy of Second Nature Productions, LLC.

THEATRE ON THE GO

Using theatre as a catalyst to inspire creativity, our Learning & Education staff and expert teaching artists travel to classrooms all over Arizona to help students unleash their own inner storyteller. Theatre On The Go programs are available as workshops, one week residencies, or immersive ongoing programs tailored for your classroom.

MY SHAKESPEARE

Let ATC immerse your students in the world and language of Shakespeare by approaching his works as actors do! MyShakespeare invites students to get away from their desks to actively explore the modern themes and discover personal connections in Shakespeare’s classic plays.

“My students learned Shakespeare in an exciting, hands-on and creative way that left them wanting more.” – Teacher at New School for the Arts & Academics, Phoenix

For More Information:

Contact: education@arizonatheatre.org

MY STORY

Storytelling is at the heart of live theatre, but speaking in front of a group can be daunting. By embracing the joy and playfulness of storytelling through improvisation and collaborative theatre activities, ATC’s MyStory program unlocks the energy and potential of each participant as they work with our teaching artists to create original performances inspired by their own unique stories.

“ATC’s workshop challenged our students to take ownership of their education, helped them overcome their fears and reservations, and demonstrated their true potential.” – Teacher at Summit High School, Flagstaff

For More Information:

Contact: education@arizonatheatre.org

ONCE UPONNA

Bring out your inner performing artist by exploring stories and tales from around the globe. This interactive program uses puppetry, music, and imagery to navigate theatre – play while building confidence and teamwork. Imagination comes to life as students begin to weave their own tales!

For More Information:

Contact: education@arizonatheatre.org

PICTURE THIS

Developed in partnership with the Tucson Museum of Art and Phoenix Art Museum, PictureTHIS combines visual art and literacy with theatrical storytelling. Student participants create original pieces of performance inspired by works of art curated by museum and ATC staff.

“I had a blast making a piece of theatre that I was proud of.” – Katy Travers, PictureTHIS participant

For More Information:

Contact: education@arizonatheatre.org

GET INVOLVED

ATC TEEN MEMBERSHIP

ATC Teen is a student-driven program where teen members ages 13-18 can initiate and create their own projects with support and mentorship from ATC staff. Whether you want to write a play, put on a show, or take a class, ATC Teen is the right place for you. Members also get special invitations to teen events, free workshops, performances, and more! To find out how you can get involved with ATC Teen in Tucson or Phoenix, contact:

Tucson Education Associate:
Jasmine Roth (jroth@arizonatheatre.org)

Phoenix Education Associate:
Holly Garner (hgarner@arizonatheatre.org)

UPCOMING EVENTS:

PHOENIX

Masterclass Series

We will be offering a monthly master class on a variety of topics throughout the spring semester. More details to come!

Contact Holly Garner (hgarner@arizonatheatre.org) with questions.

ONGOING PROJECTS

Workshop Wednesdays (Tucson)
1st Wednesday of each month (4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Join us for free workshops on a different topic every month, led by a different guest teacher! Workshop Wednesdays will be held February – June.

Improv Troupe (Tucson)
Every Saturday (4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Led by ATC Teen Leader Rafi, come and have fun playing improv games together!

Calling All Playwrights (Tucson)
2nd Saturday of each month (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

Come write with us! Each week, we will do different writing prompts together and then give each other feedback on our individual playwriting projects. No experience necessary.

ATC Teen Ushers (Tucson)
1st preview performance of each show

Led by ATC Teen Leader Maeve, our student ushers volunteer at the first preview night of each show in our mainstage season! The next one is March 10 at 7:30 p.m. for Low Down Dirty Blues.

TEACHING ARTIST APPRENTICESHIP

Interested in becoming a teaching artist through ATC? Join the apprenticeship program for resources, training, and employment opportunities.

For More Information:

Contact: education@arizonatheatre.org

INTERNSHIPS

Applications for ATC’s 2018/2019 Professional Internship Program are now available!

Internship Dates:
August 2018 through May 2019. Specific start and end dates are negotiable.

Arizona Theatre Company supports the ongoing learning of professional interns every season. Each internship is unique and created with the specific individual in mind. Our internships are built around our interns’ personal passions, abilities, and educational goals. We provide a solid and inclusive professional experience within our company that serves as a springboard to their future career.

Specific skill demands vary by department, but basic requirements for any ATC internship include computer literacy, a sense of humor, passion, and curiosity.

Internships vary depending on the individual applicant and their area of interest. However, all internships at Arizona Theatre Company include:

  • Shadowing of theatre professionals, creating contacts that could lead to opportunities following the intern year;
  • Creative development with ongoing evaluation and skills-based learning;
  • Production experience: Interns are involved in all ATC productions;
  • Cross-departmental work within the company to aid understanding of how a non-profit arts organization works as a whole;
  • Space to tailor the internship to individual needs and interests;
  • Complimentary tickets to all ATC productions;
  • A supportive and welcoming environment in which to grow.

Internships are based on a 40-hour work week with the exception of technical rehearsals, and the intern receives a weekly stipend of $150 to assist with living expenses. Housing is not provided. Non-paid school credit internships are also available throughout the season.

Types of Internships

Stage and Production Management
The stage and production management intern will assist the Production Manager and Associate Production Manager with day-to-day logistical planning, communicating with technical and artistic staff, and assisting with administrative duties, such as expense coding and production meeting minutes. You will also have opportunities throughout the season to work closely with Equity stage managers in rehearsal and performance, with the option to work as part of the technical run crew for our mainstage shows. Roles can vary from season to season, but all offer unique learning and participation experiences. Applicants for these positions should have some prior experience in stage or production management. This internship is offered as a full-time (9 months) or part-time (4 to 5 months) position.

Technical Theatre
Technical theatre internships are available in the following areas: Costumes, Props, Electrics/Lighting, Sound, Technical Direction, Scenic Construction, and Scenic Painting. Intern placement and training is based on each candidate’s current knowledge and their desire to learn. Interns will gain skills in their desired area through hands-on experience and mentorship from their on-site supervisor. Applicants for these positions should have some prior experience in their field. These internships are offered as full-time (9 months) or part-time (4 to 5 months) positions.

How To Apply:

Complete our application form and return it to us along with a cover letter, two letters of recommendation, and a current resume.

Email your completed application, resume, cover letter, and 2 professional references to Christopher Gerling, Associate Production Manager, at cgerling@arizonatheatre.org.

For More Information:

Chris Gerling, Associate Production Manager
cgerling@arizonatheatre.org

Download Internship Description | Download Internship Application

 

VETERANS PLAYWRITING PROJECT

Theatre Communications Group’s Veterans and Theatre Institute (VTI), in collaboration with Arizona Theatre Company, invites veterans and active military personnel in our communities to create and explore theatre together. Our Veterans Playwriting Project asks students to reflect on their personal stories, experiences, and beliefs while expanding their creative and imaginative potential as playwrights.

Open at no cost to all veterans and active military personnel, ages 18 years and older.

TUCSON:

  • Dates & Times: Thursday evenings (6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.), February 8 – April 26, 2018
  • Location: Temple of Music and Art
  • Instructors: Jasmine Roth, Education Associate (Arizona Theatre Company); and Alfred Griffin, Playwright, Teacher, and Founder (Amazing Wretches)
  • Master Playwright Mentor: Elaine Romero, Playwright-in-Residence (Arizona Theatre Company) and Assistant Professor, School of Theatre, Film and Television (The University of Arizona)

Contact Jasmine Roth (jroth@arizonatheatre.org) for more information!

PHOENIX:

  • Dates & Times: Wednesday evenings (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.), February 7 – June 6, 2018
  • Location: Mesa Arts Center, Contemporary Arts Building, MCA Classroom & Dobson Lecture Hall
  • Instructor: Holly Garner, Education Associate (Arizona Theatre Company)
  • Master Playwright Mentor: Dwayne Hartford, Artistic Director (Childsplay)

Contact Holly Garner (hgarner@arizonatheatre.org) for more information!

  

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