The Garden of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, 2010. Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

the power of live theatre

The arts are essential to the basic education of all students, no matter their age. The experience of watching a play, acting onstage or actively participating in drama activities in the classroom encourages the development of a broad range of 21st century skills, including creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration.

Each year, the Playhouse connects 50,000 students with the power of live theatre. Browse this section to learn more about the programs we offer for schools.

Seasonal support for our education and outreach programs is provided by the Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation.


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"The plays were awesome, and the before and after workshops were so beneficial because the students had enough background to know what to look for when seeing the play and then could relate it to the standards after. The work was on-level and evaluated by the knowledge of the students after the play.” – Sixth-grade language arts teacher

“The plays that you bring to our school are tremendous. There is always a sense of excitement as the kids gather for a performance. They are engaged in the performances and follow the storyline. The Playhouse brings great experiences to our school.” – Kindergarten through eighth grade principal

“This production was an opportunity for our students to have affirmation that they are not alone in the many complex issues they face on a daily basis. The performance was powerful and honest. I purposefully sat next to one of our most challenging students and was in awe of how captivated he was with the entire theatre experience. Our sincerest thanks to you for providing the opportunity for our students to experience the arts in our community.”High school intervention specialist

“Thank you for the superior theatrical experience. It was intellectually and emotionally challenging and ultimately entertaining as all good theatre should be. Your stage manager and cast members were true professionals in their approach to their craft. Their performances were well acted and convincing, and the talk-back session was handled with grace and authenticity. Having an event such as this on our campus truly explores and complements several areas of our curriculum. This was a great opportunity for our students to enhance their learning.” Middle and high school teacher
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