Literature at Play Workshop

NYCCT Teaching Artists Give Students the Tools Needed to be Successful

“The Alice’s Story teaching artists are very knowledgeable about the skills and tools students need in order to be successful. They are highly prepared and deliver effective instruction in a ‘hands on‘ way.”

— Principal, PS65R

Alice’s Story is an interactive theater performance and workshop designed to help 1st to 3rd grade students understand and deal with bullying. This show has been performed in over 200 schools to thousands of students.

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



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