Innovation Program

Altogether, 19 projects from our nation’s great regional theatres will be funded by the IMPACT CREATIVITY Innovation Program.

The Innovation Program applies theatre techniques to new subjects and issues. We are strengthening the empathetic and social skills of students who are disadvantaged by our fragmented, challenging culture; and preparing teachers to better engage students and keep them in school.

Please click here to view Arts Education Partnership’s analysis of this program: Innovation Program Report 

Actors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville,KY)

Living Newspaper is an in-classroom playwriting residency program that focuses on media literacy, human rights issues, and the notion that playwriting can be a useful tool to inform others about an issue.

Alley Theatre (Houston,TX)

Playwriting 360° (P360) is a residency program that introduces students to dramatic writing as a creative outlet and directs them in creating their own ten-minute plays.

Alliance Theatre (Atlanta,GA)

The Collision Project explores the most current and divisive issues through thought-provoking theatre created by teens, for teens, and about teens.

American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco,CA)

The ACTsmart Intensive Residency program aims to help the most at-risk population of San Francisco’s public high school students through free, year-long theater training.

American Repertory Theater (Cambridge,MA)

The new Education Experience and Community Connections program provides high-quality arts enrichment services to 4,313 mostly low-income community members, including more than 3,600 youth from throughout Greater Boston.

Arena Stage (Washington,D.C.)

Voices of Now is a two-semester after-school program in which participants learn about theater, writing, and performance, with the ultimate goal of devising and performing a piece of theater based on their own writing.

Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles,CA)

The August Wilson In-School Residencies provide a theatre-infused, standards-based study of works that offer a rich resource for literature, history, and social studies. The program also encourages students to explore the African-American perspective during socially-significant periods of modern history.

Cleveland Play House (Cleveland,OH)

The Classroom Matinee Touring Program takes theatre into the schools for Pre-K through 3rd grade students, and combines performances, teacher support, and arts integrated classroom workshops.

Dallas Theater Center (Dallas,TX)

Project Discovery, serving Title One high schools across North Texas, prepares teachers and students to engage in the social justice issues that emerge from our productions through specialty training sessions, partnerships with other organizations and workshops.

Denver Center Theatre Company (Denver,CO)

Dramatic Learning is an innovative and interactive teaching method that applies principles of dramatic arts to basic classroom curriculum for over 10,000 students. Dramatic Learning incorporates theatre education in STEM subjects, addresses social and civil rights issues, actively works with at-risk youth, and trains educators.

Goodman Theatre (Chicago,IL)

The Student Subscription Series (SSS) program integrates STEM content into its programming and addresses major academic achievement gaps by significantly underserved students.

Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis,MN)

The Schools on Stage (SOS) residency develops the creative voice, capacity for collaboration and analytical skills of high school students through the power of theater through both the written word and performance.

Hartford Stage (Hartford,CT)

Project Transform brings together 24 high school students from urban and suburban districts to create and perform a devised piece of theatre that explores the idea of the transformation of minds, neighborhoods, and communities.

Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven,CT)

Ed Lab, a program that gives teachers training in arts-based techniques which help students develop creative, higher order thinking skills that result in achieving academic success.

Manhattan Theatre Club (New York,NY)

Expand WrOTE II is a writing program for incarcerated high school youth that focuses on building literacy and personal skills in expressing emotions, developing critical thinking and communication skills.

The Old Globe (San Diego,CA)

An autism-friendly performance model takes on The Old Globe’s classic, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS.

Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle,WA)

Bringing Theatre into the Classroom and The Teaching Artists Training Lab are programs that provide professional development opportunities to school teachers and teaching artists, respectively.

Trinity Repertory Company (Providence,RI)

The Trinity Rep Active Imagination Network (TRAIN) program serves students on the autism spectrum as well as children with other development disorders; TRAIN also offers an autism-friendly public performance of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia,PA)

Performances of educational plays address social issues such as diversity, civil rights, multiculturalism, self-esteem, bullying and nutrition for students grades K-12.