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Professional Development
 

for EDUCATORS

At StoryBook Theatre we value all of the work that Arts and Non-arts Educators do in our community, which is why we have created our PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT for EDUCATORS programs to support all of the great work that they do. 

Whether you're a teacher who is all of a sudden putting on your school play and you need help figuring out where to start or you're a seasoned educator looking to spice up your lesson plans, we're here to support you! 

 

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR: 
 

Aliza Sarian

Aliza Sarian was a theatre arts teacher for 15 years at a public middle school in New York City. Her curriculum focused on storytelling, character development, ensemble-building, physical theatre, devising, and playwriting. She has facilitated professional development and new teacher-training with the Calgary Catholic School District, the New York City Department of Education, NYU, among others. She’s performed with New York University’s New Plays for Young Audiences series and worked as an actor, playwright, and dramaturg for The Bechdel Group. She currently resides in Calgary with her husband and two dogs, Olive & Pickle, and can be seen onstage this season with SBT in Peter and the Star Catcher.  www.alizasarian.com

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THEATRE ARTS INTEGRATION
in the classroom

DATES:

Nov 17, 24, Dec 1, 8

CLASS TIME:

Thursdays @ 5pm to 7pm

PROGRAM PRICING:

$150 per session

GRADE & CLASS SIZE:

K-9 Educators

Maximum 15 participants per class

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Bring the theatre arts into your classroom in fun and engaging ways that will help support learning and connect to core curriculum!

 

In this course, participants will learn tools and strategies for integrating theatre arts into their classroom to help students learn creatively and retain core material in all subject areas. The possibilities are endless! 

Throughout the 4-week period, each 2hr class will build on the last one and include planning time to apply concepts covered in this course to your current class needs. 

Snacks will be provided.

 
 

PUTTING ON A SHOW
without a theatre background

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DATES:

Fall Session: 

Nov 16, 23, 30, Dec 7

CLASS TIME:

Fall Session: 

Wednesdays @ 5pm to 7pm

PROGRAM PRICING:

$150 per session

GRADE & CLASS SIZE:

K-12 Educators

Maximum 15 students per class

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Did you get tasked with putting on your school play or musical and have no idea where to start?! Putting on a show at your school can be a big job. Let us help you navigate the world of creating a production in a school setting!

In this course, students will participate in 4 classes that cover everything you need to know to put on a show. Topics covered include...

Class One: Getting Started

Securing show rights, building your team, creating and following a budget, and more! 

Class Two: Before Rehearsals Start 

Auditions and casting, creating a rehearsal schedule, your first production meeting, and more! 

Class Three: Creating Production Value

Basic theatre tech and costumes on a budget

Class Four: Show Time! 

Creating your program, marketing & selling tickets, and other show day essentials. 

Throughout the 4-week period, each 2hr class will build on the last one and include planning time to apply concepts covered in this course to your current class needs.

Snacks will be provided. 

PD DAY WORKSHOPS

Join us on your next PD Day to learn new skills to bring back to your students!

 

PD Day Workshops are designed to be condensed, practical workshops where teachers can connect with a Professional Learning Community and learn new and innovative skills. 

FRIDAY

OCTOBER 28

SO YOU'RE TEACHING DRAMA NOW?

Instructor: Aliza Sarian

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CLASS TIME:

9am to 12pm

 

PROGRAM PRICING:

$60 per participant

GRADE & CLASS SIZE:

K-9 Educators

Max 15 participants (Minimum 5 participants needed)

Have you been assigned a drama class and are trying to figure out what to do? Do you want to incorporate the arts more into your curriculum or get ideas for your next school production? This course will help you with all of those things and more! 

The first 90min of this course will cover arts integration in the classroom, introducing creative and effective ways for your students to engage with core curriculum through the arts. 

The second 90min of this course will cover basics of putting on a school production to help get you going and give you ideas for your next school play or musical! 

FRIDAY

FEBRUARY 3

THEATRE TECH WITHOUT A THEATRE

Instructor: Aliza Sarian

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CLASS TIME:

9am to 12pm

 

PROGRAM PRICING:

$60 per participant

GRADE & CLASS SIZE:

K-12 Educators

Max 15 participants

(Minimum 5 participants needed)

Creating production value without a full theatre set up can be a challenge! Let us help you use what you have to level-up your school productions within your budget. 

This workshop will cover basics in lighting, sound, costumes, and more to give you tools to bring more life to your next school show. 

 

You'll leave with more tech tools in your teaching toolbox, and your students will love what you bring back, too! 
 

MONDAY

MAY 29

ARTS ASSESSMENT IN THE CLASSROOM

Instructor: Aliza Sarian

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CLASS TIME:

9am to 12pm

 

PROGRAM PRICING:

$60 per participant

GRADE & CLASS SIZE:

K-12 Educators

Max 15 participants

(Minimum 5 participants needed)

Are you and your students bored of writing and grading tests and looking for more creative ways to assess your students' learning?

 

The arts can be a great assessment tool in the classroom! Let us show you how. 

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to varying ways of assessing learning through activities such as drama games, music, and other arts activities in order to gauge student retention and skill development in the classroom.