The Prime Stage Theatre Literacy in ACTion Program is designed to help teachers in under-served districts of our region transform their reluctant and struggling adolescent students into students who can read, are motivated, find value and enjoyment in a variety of literature.
By the end of the program, students will be able to:
Comprehend, visualize, and connect to stories and elements within stories they have read and seen.
Apply their improved skills of reading, writing and creatively responding to works of literature and the theatre.
Make personal decisions to read and use more literature on their own.
Appreciate, enjoy and value the theatre and arts in their lives.
By the end of the program, teachers will be able to:
Observe, assess, and apply alternative classroom best practices to effectively and confidently address adolescent literacy.
Design, deliver and assess effective theatre-based classroom strategies for all of their students.
Appreciate, enjoy and value using theatre and arts to enhance their curriculum.
Criteria for eligible schools:
Statement of need for literacy resources and enrichment, and minimal opportunities to include multiple arts and theatre programs in the curriculum.
PSSA Reading scores that need improvement.
Stated need to improve their students' reading proficiency levels from the administration.
What schools receive through participation in the Literacy in ACTion Program:
Books, materials, supplies and website access to connect to other Literacy in ACTion teachers and students.
In-school experiences that utilize authentic, alternative classroom strategies.
Complimentary tickets to three theatrical performances of the literature produced by Prime Stage.
Interactive Professional Development opportunities that address teachers' challenges in the classroom.
Literacy in ACTion Feedback - "This partnership with Prime Stage has been invaluable for my students. Seeing the play makes the literature comprehensible to them and increases their confidence in their reading ability.”
Would you like your school to be a part of the Literacy in ACTion Program?
You've completed the first step by reading about our program! Next, please fill out the application form.
You may email the completed application to email@example.com or mail to: Prime Stage Theatre, Attn: Education Director, PO Box 99446, Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Participating schools and districts have included:
Comments from participating teachers and students:
"I would like to say that this partnership with Prime Stage
has been invaluable for my students who have come from other countries
and for whom English is not their first language. They have beginning
reading skills, but seeing the play as well makes the literature
comprehensible to them and increases their confidence in their reading
- (ESL Class, Keystone Oaks School District, 2010)
“Because of the Literacy in ACTion Program, my students
progressed with their reading. Tests scores continue to improve on the
PSSA, 4Sight, and Curriculum Benchmark Exams based on the skills that
are incorporated into pre- and post-lessons of each play studied.”
- (Pittsburgh Lincoln, 2009)
“To see the students work together so beautifully was truly a
sight to behold. The age, economic and academic difference
melted away. The Prime Stage activities have shown that theatre can
bring all students together.”
- (Trinity High School)
Programs are funded in
The Grable Foundation, PNC Charitable Trust, State Farm and Equitable Gas
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Prime Stage Theatre is eligible to receive EITC Funding.