Alliance Theatre Institute

The Alliance Theatre Institute is the in-school arm of the Alliance Theatre’s robust education department. The Alliance Theatre Institute offers arts integration residencies for pre-school through 12th grades, providing job-embedded professional development for teachers and increasing student outcomes by using theater strategies to teach across subjects. The Institute staff are experts in the field of arts education, and they work closely with the Institute’s more than 25 highly-trained teaching artists to deliver all residency programs.

All Alliance Theatre Institute teaching artists are experts in their artistic disciplines and are well-versed in education pedagogy and state standards. All teaching artists undergo training at the Alliance, and all Georgia Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts teaching artists undergo national Wolf Trap training from a master teaching artist.

The Alliance Theatre Institute is lauded as a national model for what successful, flourishing school system and community partner partnerships can look like.

Contact:

  • Phone – (404) 733-5329
  • Email – rebecca.pogue@alliancetheatre.org
  • Website – http://www.alliancetheatre.org

Arts Disciplines: Theatre/Drama, Media Arts, Storytelling, Puppetry, Dance, Creative Writing, Poetry/Spoken Word

Core Content Curriculum Areas: Theatre/Drama, Media Arts, Math, Social Studies/History, Dance, English/Language Arts, Science

Specialized Content Areas: Arts Integration, STEAM, Literacy, ELL (English Language Learners)

Grade Levels: Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-secondary (Pre-Service Teachers)

Special Populations: ELL (English Language Learners), At-Risk Students, Special Needs Students

Pre-Service Learning and Professional Development: Post-Secondary/Pre-Service Learning, Professional Development for Teaching Artists, Professional Development for K-12 Teachers

Geographic Availability: Metro Atlanta, North Georgia, Middle Georgia, South Georgia

Program Fees:

Residency fees – The cost per participating classroom includes teaching artist fees, supplies, travel, etc. The fees for the Alliance Theatre Institute’s residency programs vary, depending on a school’s Title 1 status. Public Title 1 schools pay 25% of the true cost of the program, Public non-Title 1 schools pay 50%, and private schools pay 75%. The Alliance then commits to raising the remainder of the true program cost.

Artistic Profile:

The Alliance Theatre Institute is the in-school arm of the Alliance Theatre’s robust education department. Now the largest arts education provider in Georgia, the Alliance Theatre started its life 50 years ago as the Atlanta Children’s Theatre, so arts education makes up the very core of who we are. Since the Theatre’s inception in 1968, we have been committed to creating the highest quality artistic experiences for children and teens, both in school and at the Woodruff Arts Center, and the Alliance won the 2007 Tony Award recognizing our artistic excellence and commitment to education and community engagement in our metro Atlanta community. More than 50,000 children see a production, participate in an Alliance Theatre Institute residency, or enroll in an Acting Program class or camp annually.

The Alliance Theatre Institute provides arts integration residencies for pre-school through 12th grades, providing job-embedded professional development for teachers and increasing student outcomes by using arts strategies to teach across subjects. The Institute staff are experts in the field of arts education, and they work closely with the Institute’s more than 25 highly-trained teaching artists to deliver all residency programs.

Teaching Experience:

All Alliance Theatre Institute teaching artists are experts in their artistic disciplines and are well-versed in education pedagogy and state standards. In addition to outside degrees, certifications, and trainings, all teaching artists undergo training at the Alliance, and all Georgia Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts teaching artists undergo national Wolf Trap training from a master teaching artist. Wolf Trap is a national early learning literacy program, and the Alliance is the only provider in Georgia.

The Alliance Theatre has been providing professional development for teachers for more than 20 years, and the Alliance Theatre Institute has existed in its current structure for three years after incorporating the Woodruff Arts Center’s Young Audiences programming. The Alliance Theatre Institute is lauded as a national model for what successful, flourishing school system and community partner partnerships can look like.

Sample Programs:

  • Georgia Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts serves students and teachers pre-school through Kindergarten and focuses on early childhood literacy gains and language acquisition. The program has been studied through two U.S. Department of Education grants and is proven to be most effective for students from high need communities and English Language Learners. The 12-session residency uses performing arts and theatre techniques to teach ELA.
  • Historical Figures Come to Life serves students and teachers in 1st through 5th grades and uses creative writing and performing arts techniques to teach social studies and ELA curriculum along with building research and presentation skills. Historical Figures is a 10-session residency program and can be taught to any size classroom.
  • Digital Storytelling serves students and teachers 5th through 12th grades and uses storytelling and media arts to teach ELA and writing curriculum. Students use computer or iPad technology to create their own digital story, learning story arc, narrative elements, plot and character development, and more. This 12-session residency can accommodate most size classrooms.

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