Education

Other Community Programs

If you’re interested in developing a program with us, contact Karen Weberman, Education Director, at karen@metroplays.org or 314-932-7414 x 110.

While our programs occur most often in schools, we are delighted to design and conduct programs with social service agencies and other community organizations too.  For example, we are proud to have been a part of these collaborations:

  • Since 2009 we have offered 6-week drama workshops for adoptive and foster children ages 11 to 18 in conjunction with Children’s Home Society.  Led by our experienced and caring teaching artists, young people in this unique and engaging drama experience explored non-competitive games, improvisation, and theater exercises that fostered collaboration, encouraged success, and built non-verbal communication skills.  Through improvisation techniques, students talked about issues of concern, and helped each other strategize solutions to challenges faced by the group. Studies indicate that theater activity is a powerful intervention strategy to encourage non-violent behavior in youth.
  • Students in Pre-K through 5 grades with the Ethical Society of St. Louis explored concepts of cooperation, communication and leadership through dramatic and movement based techniques. This encouraged their collaboration skills as well as empathy.
  • Our neighbor, The Contemporary Arts Museum, recently brought their high school art students to our home on Washington Avenue to devise original performance art pieces with a focus on the body as sculpture, the definition of “performance” and the differences between live and pre-recorded art pieces.