Artists in Residency Program

Purpose: 

The purpose of the Artists in Residency Program is to use theatre performance and techniques to engage young people across the Bay Area and inspire them to cultivate their creativity and artistic voice.

Mission: 

The mission of the Artists in Residency Program is to help provide further access to theatre arts education to schools and organizations through the means of instructional support, year-long residencies, week-long residencies, and workshops.

Rationale:

We believe there is a profound connection between academic achievement and arts education. Each inspires and reinforces the other. Arts education classes provide a creative, diverse and supportive environment where students can take risks and grow in creative ways. The residency program helps students improve academic skills, learn to think critically and apply information, knowledge, and skills to solve problems, build a positive self-image, develop a positive attitude towards school and others, while learning to manage time effectively through an inherently project-based curriculum.


The Artists in Residency Program is comprised of 3 strands:   

1. Theatre + 

            a. Arts Integration is at the heart of each workshop and residency in Theatre +. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts defines arts integration as “an approach to teaching in which student construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.”

            b. This program allows for collaboration between individual classroom teachers and one of MTC’s professional teaching artists. California State Standards in Core subject areas and in Drama/Theatre are agreed upon and lesson plans are created through a series of conversations/meetings between the two. Students participating in Theatre+ will be exposed to classroom content in an alternative way that will enable a deeper knowledge and understanding of the subject material.

2.    Script to Stage

            a. We bring pre and post-show workshops based on our Mainstage and Family Series to schools and organizations in the community for students who will be attending productions at MTC. Teaching artists lead discussions and facilitate drama-based learning with students on themes, issues, and concepts from the production at hand. Students participating in the Script to Stage Program will emerge with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the play and theatre as an art form, and will be able to make connections from the world of the play into their own lives. *This is often done in tandem with attendance at Student Matinees.

3.    Arts & Character Training (ACT)

            a. Through this program, MTC works with schools and organizations to create and present workshops and short residencies that teach life skills through theatre. Character and life skills are crucial building blocks of a well-rounded education to ensure that our young people are going to thrive as adults in their chosen careers and become conscientious citizens. Topics covered: Public Speaking, Playwriting, Leadership, Team-Building, Bullying/Harassment, and Social Justice Issues.


2016-2017 Residency Partners

Willow Creek Academy

Bayside Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy*

Davidson Middle School*

Madrone Continuation High School

Coleman LEAP

Mill Valley Middle School

Venetia Valley Middle School

Next Generation Scholars

Arts Nueva School for the Performing Arts

Marin Oaks Continuation High School

Aim High

*Denotes year-long residencies

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2015-2016 Residency Partners

Willow Creek Academy*

Bayside Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy*

Davidson Middle School*

Madrone Continuation High School

Coleman LEAP

Mill Valley Middle School

Venetia Valley Middle School

Next Generation Scholars

St. Isabella School

Marin Oaks Continuation High School

Aim High

Los Altos High School

*Denotes year-long residencies

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