Theatre Espresso’s actor-educators lead both pre- and post-show workshops. Pre-show workshops prepare students to engage with the concepts and ideas to be explored in our interactive plays. Post-show workshops extend and deepen the learning, enabling students to connect their insights into historical events to modern day instances of injustice, and empowering them to develop strategies that promote tolerance and understanding in their schools and communities. Our staff collaborates with teachers on the planning of each workshop to help ensure that we meet the needs of their students.
Topics explored in the workshops include: systemic racism, ethnic divides, immigration, child labor, workers’ rights/unions, the rights and responsibilities of government during times of war, civil disobedience, and the cost to individuals who put their lives on the line to further social justice causes. We also customize student workshops on based on curricular needs.
Teacher Espresso offers customized teacher development workshops led by our experienced teaching artists. Sample workshops include:
the creative use of primary source documents in the classroom.
bringing civics, social studies, and history education alive for students.
The use of drama as a learning medium across the curriculum.
Our teacher development workshops are designed to help educators create dramatic structures that not only challenge students with cooperative problem solving, but also build confidence and encourage reflection. Participants receive a demonstration of drama methods that can be adapted to explore a range of topics the curriculum. In small groups, educators create their own drama structure, based on a topic they teach, and then practice the interactive activity on their peers. Workshops conclude with feedback for classroom implementation and a discussion of other topics that could be explored through drama.
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John Adams Courthouse
1 Pemberton Square
Boston, MA 02108
Boston school groups that attend a performance of The Trial of Anthony Burns at the historic John Adams Courthouse as part of our Road to Tolerance program, have an exciting opportunity to further enhance their field trip. Text and images related to the Burns trial are featured in The Long Road to Justice: The African American Experience in Massachusetts exhibit at the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, located within walking distance of the Adams Courthouse. The Executive Office of the Trial Court of Massachusetts invites school groups to take a guided tour of the exhibition following the production. FREE of charge.
*Additional possibilities for school groups include participating in Theatre Espresso’s post-show workshops at the Brooke Courthouse (instead of at their school), meeting with a judge at the Brooke Courthouse, and touring the John Adams Courthouse.