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Education | The School Residency Program

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Because of the popularity of the program, it often sells out. Schools currently booking the program get first choice of dates for the following school year, but there are sometimes cancelations and new schools can be included.

To schedule a visit to your school or get on the waiting list, contact:

Lisa Ortenzi
Director of Educational Programming
216-241-5490 extension 306
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The School Residency Program

Bring the classics to your classroom!

Launched in 1981, Great Lakes Theater's in-school residency program is now one of the most successful artist-in-residence programs in the country. Each year over 16,000 students in over 100 schools experience the pleasure, power, and relevance of classic literature brought to life right in their own classrooms.

Using an interactive, hands on approach, a team of two specially trained actor-teachers visits your school for five consecutive days, teaching five classes per day; the same five classes for the entire week. The actors bring scripts, props, costumes - and for the high schools, swords, daggers, and stage blood - to turn the students into an acting troupe, exploring classic literature from an actor's point of view.

Designed to meet the common core education standards, the residency program is hands on, creative, and interactive. Each day of each lesson plan, regardless of age level, involves three components: acting; discussion; theater exercises. There are days when your students do all of the acting and our actor-teachers serve as their directors. There are days when our actors perform for your students and they are our audience. There are other days when the actor-teachers and students rehearse then perform side by side, with one another.

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