Bring theatrical learning to your classroom!

The Playhouse is pleased to continue an expanded School Workshops program in the 2018-19 school year to deepen learning in core subjects through theatre. Each workshop is led by one of our trained arts educators. They use drama techniques and arts-related activities to expand on the selected subject or book. The workshops underscore standards in the common core and provide a differentiated learning experience for your students.

We offer three different styles of Enrichment Day Workshops, as well as four different styles of five-day Extended Workshops: Dramatic Interpretation, Experiential, Public Speaking, and a new ELL Program. Extended Workshops run in five sequential days beginning on Monday and culminating on Friday with a presentation or enactment day. Accommodations can be made for block schedules.


Price: Through generous grants, we are able to offer these workshops for $500. We have a limited number of subsidies for Title I schools.

Capacity: The goal of these workshops is to serve an entire grade level. We can accommodate up to three classrooms receiving simultaneous instruction.

Facility Usage: Enactment and presentation days will be worked out with each school to accommodate scheduling and facility availability. The use of a library, gym or auditorium is preferred for congregating large numbers of students.

Register for a Workshop

Registration for the 2018-19 school workshops is now available online. This program is offered throughout the school year. We are happy to discuss any of these requirements. Please contact Education Associate Nick Tsangaris at or 513-977-2031 with questions or for more information.




Enrichment Day Workshops

In-depth workshops integrate required reading and social studies subjects, while underscoring standards in the Common Core. One of our trained arts educators will use drama techniques and other arts-related activities to expand on the selected subject while deepening students' understanding of theatre as a form of expression and career.

Actor's Toolbox Workshop
Just as a handyman has a toolbox of hammers and nails, an actor carries their toolbox everywhere. Using the five pillars—body, voice, imagination, concentration and collaboration—the Actor's Toolbox teaches a basic understanding of introductory arts integration for the classroom.

Production Sampler
Performance is only one small part of theatre arts. In this four-part workshop, students participate in the exciting worlds of Makeup and Costume Design, Stage Management, Playwriting and Directing. Learn how to apply stage makeup and make costuming decisions; step into the shoes of a stage manager and learn call cues written for the Playhouse's production of A Christmas Carol; write a one-act play using movement performance; and visit the Playhouse for a tour of the facilities and to participate in a directing class using short plays written by students.

Careers Beyond the Stage
Acting is only one of dozens of theatre professions. In this 45- to 60-minute Career Day offering, arts educators discuss the roles of Actor, Director, Playwright, Stage Manager, Choreographer and Fight Director, as well as Scenic, Lighting, Sound and Costume Designer. We go over the steps that one must take in order to participate in these exciting departments in the world of theatre.

Public Speaking Workshops

The goals of the Public Speaking Workshops are to understand communication methodologies to enable effective conversations, to identify key details of the story/text, to learn vocal technique for oral presentations and to identify real-life connections between the words in the text and their use in performance and everyday life.

Daily Overview:
Day One: Understanding the speech OR Writing and editing your own speech
Day Two: Breaking down text
Day Three: Vocal technique for oral presentations
Day Four: Reading and verbalizing with emotion
Day Five: Presentation of speeches

Subjects from which to choose:
Great Speeches by Great Speakers
Speaking Your Own Words

Dramatic Interpretation Workshops

The goals of the Dramatic Interpretation Workshops are to explore the structure of storytelling, to immerse students in different styles of dramatic writing, to explore the power of visual storytelling and how to translate descriptive language into a visual image onstage, and to discuss and analyze the effect that interpretation has on the understanding and connection that an audience has to the material.

Daily Overview:
Day One: What is the story, and how will you tell it?
Day Two: Telling the story visually
Day Three: Writing and curating content
Day Four: Putting it all together
Day Five: Presentation and discussion

Books/subjects from which to choose:
Greek Mythology
Bridge to Terabithia
Book/Subject of Choice

Experiential Workshops

The goals of the Experiential Workshops are to explore the world of the book to better understand the context of the story/subject, to immerse students in different styles of theatre to tell the story/subject, to explore the power of visual storytelling and to create and embody characters from the world of the story/subject.

Daily Overview:
Day One: Scene work with text from the book or play adaptation
Day Two: Stage combat
Day Three: Scenic design
Day Four: Specialty connected to the book (e.g., dance from the era or costume crafts)
Day Five: Enactment day

Books/subjects from which to choose:
The Outsiders
U.S. History
Book/Subject of Choice

Theatre for English Language Learners Workshop

The goals of the Theatre for ELL Workshop are to strengthen linguistic skills through performance, to teach reading and speaking with expression, emotion, and meaning, to connect language to physical gestures and to gain confidence in speaking through theatre activities and performance.

Daily Overview:
Day One: Expressing Emotions
Day Two: Introduction to Text
Day Three: Vocal Expression
Day Four: Creating Character
Day Five: Presentation of Scenes