In this residency program, theatre professionals lead students through a variety of theatre-based exercises in order to SPARK the dialogue on important issues such as substance misuse, peer pressure, and healthy relationships. Professional theatre Teaching Artists team up with classroom teachers in order to destigmatize these topics, dispel common misconceptions, and ultimately, allow students to create one-of-a-kind artistic performances that seek to promote awareness and action. With programs appropriate for both middle school and high school students, SPARK is the perfect resource for educators who prioritize Social Emotional Learning objectives within arts curriculum. Students who participate in SPARK not only benefit from receiving feedback from theatre professionals on their performance technique, but also find empowerment through knowledge on these topics and utilizing their own creative voice. The project offers flexible commitment: The standard SPARK model is delivered as a full 10-session residency that culminates in a final sharing of the work, but custom schedules can be made for schools with less than 10 days to devote to this program.
North Carolina Theatre serves as Raleigh’s only fully professional Equity theatre, producing and uplifting the unique American art-form of musical theatre through professional mainstage productions, theatre training for youth; broad community access to the arts; and arts-in-education programs in schools and community partners across the region. NCT champions the artistic growth and engagement of the community through its Conservatory department with four distinct pillars. Young people and community members can engage with NCT through Artistic Training, Summer camp programming, Creative Engagement for Youth, and Community Engagement projects. Through its Creative Engagement programming, NCT partners with educators and students through comprehensive in-school arts programming. These programs are designed to SPARK dialogue, IGNITE conversation, FORGE connections, and ILLUMINATE ideas. NCT is dedicated to removing barriers and bringing theatre directly to schools.