by Tina LaPadula, Arts Education Project Manager
Fresh off of mid-winter break, the Seattle Theatre Education Coalition (STEC) hit the ground running with a summit at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute to shine a light on theatre education in Seattle Public Schools (SPS).
As part of The Creative Advantage, STEC is comprised of SPS’ Visual & Performing Arts Program, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, theatre teachers, and local theatre companies including the 5th Avenue Theatre, Intiman Theatre with South End Stories, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Seattle Rep. Together, STEC strives to build theatre programs and opportunities for SPS youth.
At the summit, STEC reviewed data, discussed programs and partnerships, and began to envision what theatre education could look like five years from now. Out of this will come professional development led by the four theatre companies that will be open to any theatre educator across Washington state, more summits to bring in more perspectives, and a plan for the future.
This work is supported by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and the Arts Department at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction with the goal of sharing with other school districts across the state.
Margo Robb says
Truth and Beauty, indeed! Thanks for doing this amazing work!
Leah Natale says
How does one attend a Theater Education Summit?
Becaley Elsie says
I am interested in teaching theater 🎭 to help students tell their own story. I have volunteered with a group for 14 years to help educate and process trauma using art to heal.
Tina LaPadula says
Thanks for the love @Margo!
@Leah – Registration will open soon for the Theatre Ed Summit PD Day. Sign up for The Creative Advantage mailing list here to receive info about it: https://www.creativeadvantageseattle.org/get-involved/
@Becaley – Consider applying to join The Creative Advantage Roster to teach as an arts partner in Seattle Public Schools. More info on how to do that can be found here: https://www.creativeadvantageseattle.org/call-community-arts-partner-roster/