“The use of video, music and puppets all collectively effectively engaged our students. Each student showed their enthusiasm as Piper was introduced and brought out throughout the performance. The words to the songs were relevant and easy enough for kindergarten students to follow. The melody was light, cheerful and fun for students. The video helped piece the whole presentation together. Embedding Piper into the scenes of the five boroughs and the different experiences Piper had with his five senses helped students with both engagement and understanding of the concepts.
Students were able to actively engage their senses through the act of touching sand and feeling the spritz of water and wind from a mini fan, smelling sachets of different scents, actively participating in creating different sounds (honk of the ferry, sound of a sea gull, sound of waves crashing), etc. These not only helped students participate in the performance but it also focused students on the individual sense being highlighted. The felt board with the “Sense Badges” Piper earned also reinforced each sense.”
“My students were very engaged throughout the show! The music/dancing kept their interest and they copied a lot of the movements. The video helped to provide knowledge about the five boroughs and five senses, which also helped them become interested about the topic. Lastly, they were excited to be chosen as volunteers and the sensory objects definitely kept them engaged. It was a great performance!”
“They were so engaged with Piper and they still talk about him. They loved being so involved in the show. They really responded to the story and traveling through NYC. The interactive, hands on, multi-sensory experience kept them involved and engaged. It was an incredible experience for our students. It introduced students to theater in a fun way that was tailored to them and their needs. We still watch the videos.”
“As a Program Director, I loved the interaction and the student engagement from the Teaching Artist. The students enjoyed it and the parents love that we provide this type of workshop for our after school students. Thank you once again for a well ran Anti Bullying workshop!”
– Program Director of a NYC Public School
Celebrate the start of a new school year with Back to School Advice from members of New York City Children’s Theater’s incredible Education Team!
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Theater can be spectacular, dramatic and entertaining. It can also be engaging, intelligent and imaginative. In both senses, theater plays a huge role, teaching children lessons they would not learn about in an ordinary class.
This summer we asked our talented cast and production team “Why Does Children’s Theater Matter?” Now we ask you and your families to share your experiences in which theater made an impact on you and your perception of the world.
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Work for Good recently spoke with our Associate Director of Education, Sara Morgulis about what it takes to manage dozens of NYCCT’s educations programs across New York City. A huge thank you to Work for Good for featuring Sara in their “How I Work” series. And, of course, a huge thank you to Sara who makes her job seem so easy!
Most rewarding part of my job: The touchstone of my career so far has been creating FIVE, our multi-media, multi-sensory workshop designed specifically for students with special needs and the very young. Last year, I won a fellowship from Theatre for Young Audiences/USA, with an application emphasizing my enthusiasm for reaching underserved populations. That fellowship funded my on-site research with London’s Oily Cart Theatre, which I used to design FIVE. Since launching in January, we’ve booked and performed FIVE more than 50 times, reaching 1,200 students, and earning praise and enthusiastic word-of-mouth from school administrators and teachers. Because every one of these students is different—one size does not fit all—finding a way to reach each student has been a wonderful, rewarding challenge.
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- We Asked Our TAs | What Sparked Your Love of Theater?June 26, 2019 - 9:00 am
All it takes to change a child’s life with theater is #OneSpark. We asked our teaching artists what sparked their love of theater!
- The Best Advice for Young Dancers!June 20, 2019 - 9:00 am
Do you know a little one who wants to be a dancer when they grow up? Then you’ll want to read this advice from the five stars of NYCCT’s This is Sadie!