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The Theatre Action Project

Theatre Action Project (TAP) uses the creative arts to activate the academic, social and emotional development of young people. The TAP programs reach more than 16,000 young people in the Austin, TX area.

Through interactive classroom performances, after school residencies and community based programs, TAP's team of professional teaching artists inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers and confident leaders in their community.

Their programs include:
TAP in the Classroom
Youth Theatre Ensembles
TAP After-School
TAP in the Community and Camps

Current Interactive performances:
The Heroes/Los Heroes (K-2nd)
Journey Into the Story (2nd-3rd)
The Courage to Stand (4th-6th)
Courage in Action (5th-6th)
Alternative Solutions (7th-12th)
Assemblies/Workshops (K-12th)
• Engage students with drama, role play, group discussion, and team games;
• Excite critical thinking, socialization, and the development of imagination;
• Inspire students to creatively examine real life dilemmas;
• Are standards aligned (Texas) and accompanied by teacher and family resource packets.

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Grade Level(s):Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Curriculum Areas:Performing Arts
Themes/Keywords: Bullying
Conflict Resolution
Creative Arts
Social Justice

interactive performance, bullying, conflict resolution, social change, social justice

Essential Question(s)
1. How can you use the creative arts to activate the academic, social and emotional development of young people?

Discussion Question(s)
1. How can you become a creative artist?
2. What are some examples of art that have made a positive change in the community.
3. What steps do you need to take to become a courageous ally?
4. How do you recognize injustice (i.e. bullying, harassment, abuse)?
5. What are the steps to becoming a critical thinkers?
6. How can you inspire and encourage others?

Extension and Activities
1. Social Studies: Research and create a collage the art that has made a positive change in the community.
2. Social Studies/History: Identify an historical or present day person who addressed an injustice. Create a biography and timeline for this person.
3. Social Studies: Demonstrate community consciousness by designing creative projects aimed at addressing a need in that community. Create flyers or promo ad to inspire and encourage others.
4. Performing Arts: Create a video or play that align one’s self with marginalized people.
5. Language Arts: Identify bias in a story by looking through different critical lenses. Create a poster or presentation that shows all the points of view.
6. Language Arts: Create a Code of Conduct document that adresses positive behavior, bullying and abusive behavior.
7. Science: Identify and research an injustice (i.e. bullying, harassment, abuse)and share information.

"It has been a real boost to have a blog that parents and students can go to and see not only the finished product, but the planning and putting everything together that the kids do. My eCoach has helped me so much by providing a space to show the process AND to share resources. (I can't keep track of my bookmarks, so if it's something I think is really good, I put it in 'Resources' on the team page. Now I can find it!) Take a bow!"

pictureAngela Gottschall
theatre teacher
Los Angeles Unified School District - Woodland Hills, CA

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