Act!vated Story Theatre

InterACTive Classroom Workshops


Watch Workshop Participants learn Physical Comedy

Extend the learning experience after your school assembly with follow-up workshops. Hands-on, Minds-on Workshops are designed to take the audience on a deeper dive into some element of the play. Get ready to boost imagination, creative thinking skills and self-confidence, while helping reinforce core curriculum standards. Workshops are adaptable for multiple grade levels. All 30-45 minute workshop sessions are limited to a maximum of 30 participants.

In addition to classroom settings, Act!vated Workshops are suitable for libraries, conventions and family groups.

Some workshops are not available via online sessions and are greyed out below. All other workshops (white background) can be adapted to video conferencing.

Using the performance as a launching pad, one of the Act!vated Actors/Producers, will lead a discussion and provide learning opportunities in one of the categories listed below. The performers Act!vate each workshop to promote learning. They draw upon extensive experience as performers/educators to make the activities fun, memorable and stimulating. Because children learn better when their senses are engaged, each workshop incorporates tangible objects and physical activity whenever possible.

A Question and Answer session is currently being included for each classroom (group of 30 participants) with all virtual packages for school programs. During which the Act!vated Actors will answer questions about putting together a show, performing on stage and the stories from the show and teach a few ASL signs. The workshop sessions outlined here provide more a more in-depth learning experience.

NOTE: The half-hour pre-show acting workshop for up to 12 participants is included with each "in-person" live stage show at no additional charge.

Workshops Options for Multicultural Folktale Show

Act!vate Your Writing

3rd grade - Junior High

A professional playwright demonstrates methods for expository and/or narrative writing; focusing on priming the pump of the imagination and freeing it from self-criticism, and discovering the magic of words as dynamic tools of self-exploration.

This workshop may be scheduled as a stand-alone session, without booking a performance.

During the session the students will learn

  • How to brainstorm ideas and collaborate on writing scripted scenes
  • Improvise to promote creativity and imagination in writing the process for turning a story into a script

K-8 Theatre Standard: Script writing by planning and recording improvisations based on personal experience and heritage, imagination, literature, and history

"Hand Play" - American Sign Language

Recommended for mixed ages: Toddler - Adult

A fun, very hands-on introduction to communicating with your hands. Students quickly learn some useful signs and the basic principles of American Sign Language by means of fun stories, songs and games. (One to five consecutive sessions available for week long residency programs). Excellent for kinetic learners.

This workshop may be scheduled as a stand-alone session.

By the end of the session, students will be able to

  • Understand a simple story presented in sign language
  • Retell a familiar story including key details
  • Identify characters, settings, and major events in a story
  • Know and be able to use at least ten signs
  • Be able to follow simple instructions in sign language
  • Have a better understanding of and appreciation for people who commonly use sign language such as the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired

Storytelling / Podcasting

2nd grade - Middle School (1 to 3 sessions)

These workshop session(s) may be scheduled as a stand-alone session or series.

Session I: The elements of storytelling. Explore the elements of presenting a narrative in a lively, memorable fashion to an admiring audience. Learn speech and delivery techniques to keep your audience engaged.

Session II: Recording a podcast. Participants record a folktale together as a group, playing characters and improvising dialogue to bring the story to life.

Session III: Editing and producing a podcast. Participants work in teams with sound files, editing and putting the final touches on the stories recorded to complete the project. The story may be featured on the Act!vated Stories podcast. (Computers required for third session.)

History and Culture

3rd - 8th Grade

Students will examine the culture and background behind the folktales they have seen staged. Includes history, geography, culture, music, dance, art and theatre.

K-4 Theatre Standard 5: Researching by finding information to support classroom dramatizations

5-8 Theatre Standard 5: Researching by using cultural and historical information to support improvised and scripted scenes

Across the USA

4th grade - adult

The performers have stories to share - not just folktales, but personal accounts of history, sights, experiences and adventures of non-stop travel across America.

This workshop may be scheduled as a stand-alone session.

Adding Physical Comedy to Your Life (Performing Arts)

Preschool - Jr. High

The students participate in physical comedy exercises helping them build self-expression, self-esteem and teamwork skills. P.E. and literature arts all in one class.

Mathew Reason, author of The Young Audience, identifies the central problem facing theatre for young audiences as being "that children tend to feel disconnected from theatre: it is an aspect of cultural production that, unlike music or television, for example, is divorced from the context of their daily lives."

Through the Performance Arts workshop(s) students foster a connection to theatre, thereby developing a sense of ownership and elevating the importance theatre plays in their lives.

This workshop may be scheduled as a stand-alone session, without booking a performance.

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to

  • Explore the world of theatre and storytelling as both audience and performer
  • Play a variety of theatre games that encourage creative expression

K-4 Theatre Standard 2: Acting by assuming roles and interacting in improvisations

5-8 Theatre Standard 2: Acting by developing basic acting skills to portray characters who interact in improvised and scripted scenes

Behind the Scenes (Performing Arts)

Preschool - Jr. High

In this 45 minute session the class gets a sneak peak at what happens backstage. One of the Act!vated actors will discuss the research and skills that go into creating the props, sets and costumes. The students will also see a demonstration on how the performers manage to pull off quick costume changes at lightning speed. Questions are answered and the stories are reviewed from a behind the scenes perspective.

Please note, it helps to hold this workshop in the same room as the performance before the set is struck.

Arts and Crafts

Pre-school - Middle School

The actors visit the classroom to discuss the stories and give the students the opportunity to create a craft related to one of the stories. Such activities may include: mask or puppet making, prop building or set design. Art supplies must be supplied (common supplies that are on hand may be sufficient) or an additional supply fee may apply.

Dancing with the Folktale Stars

2nd Grade - Jr. High

Students explore the world of dance in connection to one of the stories. Take basic dance steps, add character, comedy and teamwork. No dance experience necessary.

Grade K-4 Dance Standard 1: Identifying and demonstrating movement elements and skills in performing dance

Grade K-4 Dance Standard 4: Applying and demonstrating critical and creative thinking skills in dance

Grade K-4 Dance Standard 5: Demonstrating and understanding dance in various cultures and historical periods