Enchantment established its Arts in Education Program soon after the Company became a non-profit theater in 2000. It has been operating this program in collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. In doing so, Enchantment has drawn on its long experience in conducting master classes, workshops and residencies all over the country during more than 25 years as a touring entity. Through In-School Residencies, students explore a variety of theater forms, study with professional artists and create a theatrical piece of their own to perform before an audience.
Main Program Objectives
1. To increase the access of school children to high quality professional theater productions. We encourage all our residency partners to host an Enchantment Everywhere production in their schools. Not only will students get to see a professional show right in their own school, but they will also get to ask the cast questions after the performance. This post-show Q & A session offers students the opportunity to increase their understanding of story and character development, as well as the variety of theatrical techniques Enchantment uses.
2. To reach special populations of children, such as those with disabilities, the homeless, those for whom English is a second language, Girl Scouts and other groups, with emphasis on the most underserved. To reach this goal, we have collaborated with community groups who already serve these populations, such as Immediate Seating (Action Aids) and Art-Reach, among others. Our best example of success in this regard is our long-term residency at The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Germantown.
3. To teach performance skills in schools in Philadelphia through artist-in-residency programs. Students work closely with an Enchantment teaching artist to perform a theatrical work of their own, drawing on the Enchantment style—music, mime, puppets, and masked performers. This is designed to cultivate the development of self-expression and creativity, build confidence and teamwork, and enhance leadership.
To learn more or to request Enchantment in your school, contact Jennifer Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.