A theatre education is vital for well rounded youth development as it helps to increase self confidence in students that learn to trust their ideas and abilities. Theatre also increases their imagination and provides an outlet for making creative choices, thinking new ideas and interpreting the material in expressive ways that are the essence of drama.

Playing, practicing and performing develop a sustained focus on mind, body and voice, which helps with other areas of life including school.

Drama also enhances verbal and non-verbal expression of ideas. It improves voice projection, articulation, fluency of language, and persuasive speech.

Source: Act Too Players Music & Theatre



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National Theatre Standards

ArtsEdge – The Kennedy Centre in Washington has a bank of lesson plans and full learning situations with accompanying resource materials which could be adapted to fit the QEP. Many are transdisciplinary. The bank is searchable by arts subject, other subjects and grade level.

BYU Theatre Education – A large number of units and lesson plans as well as outlines for the (US) National Standards for Theatre Education.

Breakdancing Shakespeare is part of the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s award-winning Neighborhood Studios program, a nationally recognized summer arts apprenticeship program for area teenagers between 14-18. Participants are paid a $100 weekly stipend, teaching them the important responsibility of a paying job. Throughout the program, apprentices participate in all-day workshops with master teaching artists and rehearse a Shakespeare play with a modern twist.

Learn Improv – This site is devoted to the art of improvisational comedy theatre. The site contains the most detailed and approachable collection of improv comedy structures on the web.




Tracy Avicolli Director of  the Arts & Wellness 860-695-8818
Kara Arnold Curriculum Specialist 860-695-8792