All of these workshops can be expanded into a 2-, 3- or 4-day residencies in which the students explore the content area in depth through the arts. This allows us to provide a sequentially structured arts learning experience so we can really maximize student learning and create a deeper, more meaningful arts experience. Contact us for more information!  

We are constantly designing new workshops! In fact, most of the workshops you see here were originally designed because someone asked us, "Hey, InterAct...can you do a workshop on ___________ to address __________ objective?"  WE LOVE THIS. It's really our favorite thing to do. The answer is almost always, "Sure. Let's put our heads together and see what we can create!"  

So, if you would like an arts integration experience for your students that you don't see here, please contact us so we can design something for you! 

Drama & Theatre

GREEK AND ROMAN MYTHOLOGY (Grades 5-8)

Students enact scenes from various Greek and Roman myths using the creative drama strategy of tableaux, delving into the themes, morals, and context of these ancient tales. Maximum 25-30 students (1 class) for each 60-minute session.

ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS:  THE AZTECS
ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS:  JULIUS CAESAR AND THE REPUBLIC OF ROME
ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS:  DYNASTIC CHINA

In these drama workshops, students explore key events and issues related to the selected topic area through tableaux.  These workshops are designed to address state standards in Social Studies and Common Core objectives in Reading Informational Text. With advance notice, the workshops can be tailored to specific benchmarks and objectives.  Maximum 25-30 students (1 class) for each 60-minute session.

THE CIVIL WAR

Through the drama strategy of tableau (living statues) students explore key events and issues of the Civil War. Some of the causes, tragedies and triumphs of the war are revealed. Maximum 25 students (1 class) for each 45- to 60-minute session.

DRAMA GAMES FOR THE SCIENTIFIC BRAIN

Students build content knowledge and vocabulary through experimentation and drama gaming.  The workshops are designed to meet specific benchmarks and indicators.  Please contact us so we can design a workshop for you!  Recent workshops have dealt with such topics as Motion and Force; Tectonic Plates and Earthquakes; The Digestive System; Atoms and Elements.

EXPLORING SHAKESPEARE'S THEMES

Students explore through drama some of the issues and themes in Shakespeare's plays. The workshop can be custom-designed for: A Midsummer Night’s DreamRomeo and JulietJulius CaesarHamlet and MacbethMaximum 25 students (1 class) for each 45- to 60-minute session.

PLAYBUILDING

A special Playbuilding session designed for middle school students in which students orally compose a scenario based on age-appropriate themes and act it out. Maximum 25 students (1 class) for each 45-minute session.

Music

OPERABUILDING (Grades 5-8)

Students learn the basic elements of opera and explore how opera uses music and drama to tell a story. InterAct's General Director Ali Oliver leads students through this lyrical adventure. Maximum 25 students (1 class) for each 45- to 60-minute session.

NOTE: This innovative and exciting workshop can also be a 3-5 day residency linking creative opera with writing skills called Operatunities for Writing. Contact us for details.

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF WEST AFRICA (Grades 5-8) 

Kwame Ansah-Brew, a master musician from Ghana, introduces students to the instruments and sounds of West African music. Students play instruments and learn chants and songs. Maximum 25 students (1 class) for each 45-minute session.

DRUM CIRCLE (Grades 5-8)

Kwame Ansah-Brew, master musician from Ghana, gives students a hands-on multicultural experience by teaching them the basics of African palm drumming. Maximum 25 students (1 class) for each 45-minute session.


Dance

A TASTE OF LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE (Grades 5-8)

In this action-packed dance travelogue of movement, chants and dance, students explore cultural traditions and customs of Latin America.  Maximum 25 students (1 class) for each 45-minute session.