Education Programs Two Girls Leaving Class

It Was A Great Experience For The Kids

“It was a great experience for the kids to not just to be exposed to literature but see how a book could be put into action, into a performance.”

Education Programs Two Girls in Class

This Program Helped Our Kids Work Together!

“Being part of this program helped our kids learn to work together, which is something they have had trouble with.”

Education Programs Two Girls Acting

The Project Used Their Voice and Ideas

“This is a different approach to storytelling that is fun. The project used their voice and ideas.  That meant a lot to them and got them engaged.”

Education Programs Classroom

I’ve Been Doing the Theatre Games with the Students!

“I have been doing the some of the theatre games with the students and have noticed an improvement in reading comprehension when I do this.”

Education Programs TA and Students

The Students Appreciated Working Together!

“It was great for them to try something new and expressive. So much of the time they must work on their own. This was new, and they appreciated that.”

Education Programs Kids in Theater

Students Became More Confident and Articulate!

“My students became more confident and articulate by participating in the program. It was a pleasure watching the children grow.”

Literature at Play Performance

NYCCT TAs Help Children Feel Comfortable Performing!

“Our teacher teaching artist was amazing. The children felt comfortable performing on stage. I hope this partnership continues for years to come.”

Love That Dog

We feel truly blessed to have been invited for this performance

“The kids thought it was so amazing to see one actor do the entire play all on his own. He was ‘AWESOME’ is what I heard the kids saying on the ride back to school. I hope you know how truly blessed we feel to have been invited for this performance.”

– NYC Public School Teacher whose class came to see Love That Dog

Literature at Play Sharing Day

The Children were Always Excited to see Alec!

“The program was very engaging and had the children’s attention. The children were always excited to see Alec and the activities got us dancing and singing. Great to act out scenes from the story and lots of shy kids really came out of their shells.”

— NYC Public School Teacher from Brooklyn


More about Literature at Play

Over the course of 4 or more weekly sessions, teaching artists lead PreK-5th grade classes through acting, playwriting and songwriting workshops, resulting in each class’ adaptation of a children’s book. Residencies that run 6 sessions or more culminate in a Sharing Day in which students present their original plays or musicals for a partnering class.

  • Residencies can occur during the school day or as an afterschool program.
  • Must book a minimum of two workshops.

Academic Goals Include:

  • To reinforce students’ language and literacy skills through theatre and songwriting
  • To expand students’ writing abilities with an emphasis on strengthening literary elements, dialogue, expressive or descriptive language
  • To foster comfort and competence with speaking and listening for our large population of English language learners
  • To increase reading comprehension skills, such as sequencing, making predictions and text-to-self

Artistic Goals Include:

To write a play with a clear beginning, middle and end

  • To understand the elements of a well-written play (i.e. inciting incident, conflict, resolution, action, high stakes, low stakes)
  • To understand characters’ motivations and express dialogue with appropriate emotion
  • To speak/sing in front of a group, demonstrated through greater risk-taking, projection and articulation

Literature at Play residencies support the NYS Common Core ELA Standards and meet the NYC DOE Theatre Blueprint Benchmarks.

Literature At Play is available to schools and community centers in New York City and the tri-state area.


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Students in a Literature at Play Workshop

The Kids Really Liked Working with Instruments

“The kids really liked working with instruments and were really engaged throughout. It was great to talk about each character and the feelings of the characters- finding different perspectives. I really liked the music and interaction- Alec asked engaging questions for kids. The music helped explain the story for the ELL students.”

— NYC Public School Teacher from Brooklyn


More about Literature at Play

Over the course of 4 or more weekly sessions, teaching artists lead PreK-5th grade classes through acting, playwriting and songwriting workshops, resulting in each class’ adaptation of a children’s book. Residencies that run 6 sessions or more culminate in a Sharing Day in which students present their original plays or musicals for a partnering class.

  • Residencies can occur during the school day or as an afterschool program.
  • Must book a minimum of two workshops.

Academic Goals Include:

  • To reinforce students’ language and literacy skills through theatre and songwriting
  • To expand students’ writing abilities with an emphasis on strengthening literary elements, dialogue, expressive or descriptive language
  • To foster comfort and competence with speaking and listening for our large population of English language learners
  • To increase reading comprehension skills, such as sequencing, making predictions and text-to-self

Artistic Goals Include:

To write a play with a clear beginning, middle and end

  • To understand the elements of a well-written play (i.e. inciting incident, conflict, resolution, action, high stakes, low stakes)
  • To understand characters’ motivations and express dialogue with appropriate emotion
  • To speak/sing in front of a group, demonstrated through greater risk-taking, projection and articulation

Literature at Play residencies support the NYS Common Core ELA Standards and meet the NYC DOE Theatre Blueprint Benchmarks.

Literature At Play is available to schools and community centers in New York City and the tri-state area.


 Learn more about

Bring NYCCT

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