FOR SCHOOLS & GROUPS
Entertain your creative side, think on your feet, and speak loud and proud with educational experiences for schools and groups.
Get creative with your group.
Looking for engaging arts programs for your school, to beef up your business skills, or participate in with friends or colleagues? Ensemble Theatre offers a variety of different programs, workshops, and residencies for schools and groups designed to inspire you to take on the world with creativity and passion, no matter your age.
Whether you’re seeking a program centered on modern life skills and communication or improvisation and fundamental acting methods, we have something everyone can enjoy.
Email our Education, Engagement, and Inclusion Department or call (513) 421-3555 x2110 to register your school or group for one of these programs!
Shows for students
Our student matinees are open to public, private, and home schools as well as to other educational groups and are the same professional productions staged for evening and weekend audiences. In addition, free pre- and post-show discussions are available to add on to your trip and teachers receive downloadable study guides,
Fairy Godmother performances
Each season, our Fairy Godmother Program brings thousands of children and teens, whose schools have little or no arts funding, to experience the magic of live theatre for free. The program also includes bus transportation, snacks at intermission, meeting the cast, and take-home enrichment activities.
Our arts residencies are customized to each participating group’s academic priorities and offer flexible scheduling that can span between 4 weeks to 9 months depending upon your needs.
Our flagship arts education program fulfills Common Core Standards using the dynamic, collaborative, and fun process of theatre. This in-school residency is a fun and interactive hands-on introduction to theatre and allows students to write, design, rehearse, and perform their own play. The program engages students to be active arts participants and work collectively, encouraging creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Centered on Shakespeare’s works, this program uses theatre to teach social, communication, and life skills to students with autism and other developmental disabilities. Sessions are typically a three- to nine-month commitment and are customized to students’ needs.
Play in a Week
Write, design, build, and perform an original play all in the span of 5 days! Designed to help foster creativity and the spirit of play while building problem solving, teamwork, and communication skills, this workshop is an encapsulated version of our popular Prelude Program.
Recommended for participants age 7+
Looking for something else?
Ensemble Theatre’s list of residencies is always growing. If you’re seeking other specific experiential theatre residencies, please contact our Director of Education, Engagement, and Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ensemble Theatre presents numerous different in-school and virtual workshops for all educational ranges and needs. Explore the growing list of different workshops offered throughout the year.
Our most basic workshop, this introductory course teaches 21st Century Skills through theatrical games and exercises. A focus is placed on warming up the mind, body, and voice. This workshop can be customized to suit participants’ needs, age ranges, and interests.
Recommended for participants age 5+
Using the improv game called Machine, students develop original monologues and a complete one-act play through movement and collaboration in just 90-minutes. Often used as a warm-up or ice breaker, Machine is also great for creating new student work. The use of repetition, shape, gesture, levels, and tempo can help create developed characters and a better understanding of storytelling.
Recommended for participants age 10+
We invite participants to work with our artists to complete a customized story-creation template. Once the story is crafted, students work to bring their creation to life through performance. The story templates and workshop format are personalized to fit each groups’ ages, abilities, interests, and curriculum. Storytelling is a one-time workshop, or as a series with progressively challenging templates that engage students’ skills in vocabulary, reading comprehension, and character development.
Appropriate for ages 3+
Improve Your Life with Improv
Ever watch “Whose Line is it Anyway?” and wish you could join the actors on stage? In this introduction to improv workshop, students learn the basics of improvisation in a fun, high-energy setting. Focus is placed on students thinking on their toes, collaboration, and letting go of their inhibitions.
Recommended for participants age 6+
It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It
How often have you heard (or said), “don’t take that tone with me”? In this workshop, students explore the power of voice and how to use it safely and wisely. From there, they will work to create their own unique character using the power of their voice. Other topics addressed in this workshop include: stage fright, public speaking, and vocal health.
Recommended for participants ages 7+
Yoga & Wellness for the Actor
Yoga and Wellness for the Actor is a comprehensive workshop with a certified yoga instructor which focuses on moving mindfully for the actors’ body, focused breathing, and integrating wellness practices into your daily routine.
Recommended for participants ages 7+
Explore our other programs
Photo credits | Fairy Godmother, cast of Sleeping Beauty (Ryan Kurtz); Actor’s Toolbox, Alfred Wilson & Cheryl Bruce in Gem of the Ocean (Sandy Underwood); Story-making Machine, Bruce Cromer in St. Nicholas (Ryan Kurtz); Interactive Storytelling, Annie Fitzpatrick & Morgan Grahame in Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Sandy Underwood); Improv, Warren Kelly and David Arden Engel in Moonlight and Magnolias (Sandy Underwood); What You Say, Sara Mackie and Michael Bath in Mauritius (Sandy Underwood)