Literature at Play Sharing Day

This Program gave Students a New Way to Respond

“It opened them up socially. Some kids were quiet as a mouse and this stirred up something expressive in them and gave them a new way to respond.”

— NYC Public School Teacher in 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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