Early Childhood and Elementary Grades
The Shadow Box Theatre (SBT) offers a comprehensive program of workshops for students, teachers, and parents based on our musical puppet theatre productions for children:
With any of our programs or with an integrated selection, you will open the door to a child's imagination though theatre arts. Our workshops provide students with a creative pathway to language and literacy and support content areas and curriculum standards. And when combined with musical puppet performances at our theatre or in school, and our storybooks and audio and video based on our shows, SBT programs build upon each other to offer the multiple experiences that deepen and broaden student learning.
To further support student learning, click to see Our Professional Development and Parent Engagement Workshops. Our workshops equip teachers with the skills for applying our techniques in their classrooms, and support parents in becoming active partners in their children's education.
SBT is fully registered with the NYC Department of Education as an arts-in-education provider in the public schools. (We serve many private schools, and after-school programs as well.
Department of Education Contract/Vendor Numbers:
Theatre Vendor # SHA009
THEATRE ARTS CLASSROOM WORKSHOPS
Puppetry in the Classroom: At SBT, our Arts Education program grew naturally out of our role as a preeminent provider of musical puppet theatre for children. Whether you need short-term enrichment or a school residency program, our workshops for early childhood and elementary grades in Interactive Storytelling Through Puppetry and Theatre Arts make stories come to life through acting, creative movement and rhythm, play-making and creating and performing with puppets: finger, glove, rod, string, found objects and shadow puppets. These theatre techniques lead directly to understanding the elements of stories. Along the way students build vocabulary, oral language, listening, speaking, problem-solving and analysis skills
SBT's arts infusion program can be integrated with your language arts and/or social studies curricula. In initial planning meetings with teachers, we will develop creative arts curriculum units around the themes and readings selected for class study, or from SBT's own exciting selection of storybooks based on our Musical Puppet Theatre productions of world folks tales and holiday stories..
In a residency, we work with classroom teachers to produce integrated lessons plans that support the language skills that are being introduced. Our teaching artists use a variety of theatre techniques, including theatre games and dramatic improvisations, puppetry, dance, music and movement. Students learn about basic dramatic elements and story structure as they dramatize SBT's own stories from its musical puppet theatre repertoire; existing curriculum material; or create original stories -- using the body, voice and imagination to communicate ideas, emotions and events.
Book a single morning of workshops in your school -- or up to a year-long residency. Workshops are designed to meet New York State Learning Standards and the guidelines for the NYC Dept. of Education's Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Theatre. Our experienced roster of teaching artists reach out to all children in the class, gifted to special ed, and make sure that EVERY child feels included. Children LOVE our workshop leaders!
Meet The Author Workshop ( A new addition to our workshop program!):
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
SBT's professional development workshops equip teachers with the techniques, skills and assurance to apply the techniques of storytelling with puppetry and theatre arts in their classrooms. Hands-on sessions for small groups (up to 20 teachers per workshop.) SBT teaching artists take a "learning by doing" approach, showing teachers how to effectively use the creative arts in the classroom, and providing teachers with arts skills and concepts that they can integrate into the core curriculum to enrich the academic learning experience. An example of our subjects: "From the Page to the Stage" (how to adapt a story to a play that the class can perform).
Title IIA Staff Development: SBT offers workshops through the federally funded program Title IIA Staff Development for Private School Teachers and Principals. These workshops are designed for teachers to incorporate the arts, including puppetry, into their curriculum. A FREE SBT musical puppet show (maximum 30 tickets) is included for your class in this workshop program.
PARENT ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOPS
In these workshops, parents and their children enact stories together via activities based on theatre techniques, such as theatre games and improvisations, creative movement and rhythm, puppet and mask making. "Storytelling with Puppetry and Theatre Arts" support parents in becoming active partners in their children's education.
This approach is particularly helpful for English language learners, as it offers a variety of non-language ways to understand and express ideas and emotions, while building vocabulary and supporting reading and language skills. The workshop activities encourage and empower parents who may have recently arrived in the U.S. with little English and are unfamiliar with and perhaps, intimidated by school structure and social expectations. The workshop experience helps break down these barriers and makes school a welcoming experience by fostering a convivial atmosphere for parent, child, school and community interaction, and identifies the school as a resource that can make a positive impact on their lives.
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS in Public Schools and Neighborhood Community Centers
SBT brings its theatre arts education workshops to after-school program sites for creative and fun-filled theatre-based activities! Choose "Interactive Storytelling with Puppets" or "Exploring the World of Puppetry". Your children will discover the art of puppet-making and performing...learn to create original stories for puppets and people...explore children's literature through puppetry and theatre arts. Enhance the workshops with an SBT musical puppet show at your site or our theatre.
Staff Development: SBT can also train your after-school staff in our techniques to enhance your program. Our workshops comply with NYC Child Care Training Regulations and count toward required NYC Dept. of Health (SACC) training hours.
- "The Workshops...produced lessons that motivated, involved and delighted all the children. Even the shyest children were eager to participate!...Each child felt successful." - Workshop Semester, P.S. 213, Brooklyn
-"Everyone involved was so enthusiastic. The children, teachers and parents benefited greatly from this experience." - Universal Pre-K Specialist, C.S.D. 21
A Partial List of Schools We Have Worked With:
Public School Programs: Manhattan: P.S. 36, P.S. 75, P.S. 138, P.S. 528, Bronx: *PS 138 C.S. 47, P.S. 23, P.S. 23 Annex, P.S. 25, P.S. 119, P.S. 156, I.S. 151, Queens: P.S. 7, P.S. 62, P.S. 80, PS. 123, P.S. 148, P.S. 183, P.S. 199, B'klyn: C.S.D. 18, P.S. 31, P.S. 106, P.S. 157, P.S. 170, P.S. 233, P.S. 290, P.S. 297, M.S. 88, District 75 (city-wide): P 53, P 141, P 141@I.S. 2, P 141@J.H.S. 35, P 141@Montague H.S.
Other Sites: Brooklyn Children's Museum, Child Study Centers of Brooklyn and Staten Island, Children's Museum of Manhattan, Brooklyn Public Library, Battery Park Day Nursery, The Child School, Holy Trinity Community School, Our Lady of Angels School, Our Savior Lutheran School, St. Bernard's School, Riverdale YM/YWHA, Williamsburg Y Head Start *The After School Corporation (TASC)
Sponsors and Partners: SBT provides arts education services through the NYC Dept. of Education; the Center for Arts Education "parents as Arts partners" program; Title IIA Professional Development for Non Public Schools. SBT partnerships include after-school, extended day and school-age youth development, and parent engagement programs through the Partnership for After School Education (PASE), and the NYC Dept. of Youth and Community Development.
PRICES and OTHER INFORMATION: For more information, prices, and a plan tailored to your needs, please call Marlyn Baum, Arts Education Director, at SBT, (212) 724-0677, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.