“New York City Children’s Theater’s anti-bullying program Alice’s Story visited our classrooms to empower our students to deal effectively with bullying. Last year our third and fifth graders participated in this amazing project. The strength of our collaboration with New York City Children’s Theater has helped us build an even stronger arts program in our school which is a testimony to how a great arts organization can work with schools to make a powerful impact on education and the lives of children.”
— Arts Coordinator, PS144Q
How the Program Works
When Deanna spreads a mean rumor about Alice at school, Alice is crushed. Will she learn how to safely deal with bullies, and will Maria, a classmate who witnesses the bullying, come to Alice’s defense? Throughout this interactive drama and workshop, students will explore the themes of empathy, kindness, and community building.
Two actor-educators visit a classroom and facilitate a 45-minute drama exploring the serious issue of bullying. The workshop includes moments of scripted performance, guided discussion and improvisation.
During the workshop, students function as:
- Audience members…as they view short scenes performed by the artists
- Critical thinkers…as they brainstorm effective strategies to counteract bullying
- Actors…as they implement their ideas through role playing
Alice’s Story has three goals:
- To create safe learning environments for all students
- To cultivate communities of respect and inclusion
- To empower students to be agents of positive change