"It's so wonderful to have a professional theater in our local community, and it's all that more special when you open your doors to educators for professional development."
"The workshops that I attended were well organized, relevant to my daily lessons, and provided practical strategies for teaching."
Westport Country Playhouse is committed to providing educational opportunities for local teachers and arts administrators. We work to create educational programs that connect our shows to literature, history, music history and performance, and other subjects in local school curricula.
Professional Development workshops at Westport Country Playhouse are open to all teachers in the region, in addition to arts administrators, staff, and home school educators/parents.
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 3:30pm to 7:30pm
The Lucille Lortel White Barn Center at Westport Country Playhouse, Sheffer Studio
Free and open to all area educators; dinner provided; reservations required
Karen Scher of Facing History and Ourselves will present a half-day workshop for teachers exploring questions of identity, membership, and immigration at the turn of the twentieth century in the United States. Using case studies and video documentation, the workshop will explore the ways that individuals, groups, and societies constructed and understood distinct identities in the early 1900s, and how these understandings of identity impacted access to the American Dream.
In conjunction with the play Intimate Apparel, which vibrantly addresses turn-of-the-century labor history, the history of migration and immigration, women’s studies, African-American history, class relations, and much more, the educators’ workshop will bring to life the individual and national choices that contributed to the perception of identity in early twentieth-century New York. Teachers will gain classroom techniques and resources for deeper exploration.
For further information on our education programs, please contact Angela Marroy Boerger, Director of Education and Community Programs at email@example.com or by telephone at (203) 227-5137 x133.
Westport Country Playhouse is an approved CEU provider in the State of Connecticut.