The Deconstructive Theatre Project’s integrated theatre in education program is rooted in the philosophy that theatre is a method through which to explore individual and collective curiosity and is not an art form that can properly exist in a vacuum. To this end, the theatrical education is integrated into existing courses of study such as language, science, and history and is presented as a tool with which to better engage with the world.
The work is co-designed and co-executed by The Deconstructive Theatre Project’s teaching artists in collaboration with school administrative and teaching faculty. Students are lead through a series of ensemble-based devised performance exercises which emphasize the importance of creative process, cooperation, and communication skills. Students present final performances for their teachers, parents, and peers at the culmination of the program. The content and form of the integrated theatre in education program is adjusted annually to reflect the content and formal themes being explored in The Deconstructive Theatre Project’s annual production.
The integrated theatre in education program is currently designed in collaboration with and executed in residence at Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Follow the links below for more information on each year’s program of study.
Click here to read excerpts from participating students’ May 2012 process journals.