Studio East has provided high-quality theater classes, workshops and productions to local schools since 1991. In the 2012-13 school year we partnered with 14 elementary and junior high schools in our ArtReach! program, and we worked with five schools to provide after school classes and in school workshops.
Studio East brings theatrical experiences to your school:
After School ArtReach! Productions
After School Classes & Workshops
Let us create a customized program to meet your needs!
Give your students a safe environment to learn:
- Confidence, Self-esteem
- Literacy, Public Speaking
Contact the Education Director for details: 425-820-1800 x108
Studio East ArtReach! is a six-week after school residency in which up to 50 students put on a musical production. Our ArtReach! program is designed to give local schools an opportunity to have their own drama program. We realize that for many parents, it is not feasible to bring their children to the Studio for classes and rehearsals, nor is our facility large enough to house productions of this size. By reaching out into the community and offering this “taste of theater,” we are able to combine our resources to bring the most complete theater experience to your school. PTSA’s contract with Studio East for a specific title and dates, and we provide the Directing Team, sets, props and costumes. We usually have one open slot in our ArtReach! schedule each year. Contact Laura Shepherd, Education Director, for more details.
ArtReach! Parent Comments:
“It was a great program for the kids to see how the entire process worked. I was amazed by how everything came together. It was a wonderful production.”
“How much the children learned and how well they were brought together as a group and they had so much fun during the entire experience!!”
“It was such a collaborative effort. We felt that the kids had fun and enhanced their team building skills.”
“Studio East ArtReach! has allowed all of my children to participate in something they love. If it weren’t for this program that comes to our schools they would not be able to be so involved in theater. It has made a huge impact on their goals for the future and keeps them involved in a very positive way with other students at their schools.”
Results from the 2012-2013 School Year
Between the 14 schools that participated this past year…
- Over 500 students were involved both on stage and behind the scenes
- Over 300 parents were actively involved behind the scenes
- Over 7,000 parents, teachers, students, friends and family saw the full performance!
“We had better attendance than any other year.”
Did You Know?
- Almost 30% of the parent producers have been involved for four years and almost 15% have been involved for more than five years!
- Parent producers agree that the benefits of the program match the cost. When asked, parent producers said: “Yes, I believe it’s an incredible value for the school.” and “Benefits either match or exceed the cost.”
“Yes….theater is a great way for kids to express themselves and work together as a group.”
Speaking of benefits…
Some of the major benefits of ArtReach heard from parents and schools were…
“My son’s self esteem has increased significantly by participating in this program. He did not want it to end and had no issues with staying late to practice. He was happy to get to know more of his fellow students which he would not have had the opportunity just by attending school. It increased his network and his project management skills.”
“The way this experience brings diverse groups of students together and forges a team experience is awesome and really important.”
“My child is a quiet child. Having the theater experience does so much for bringing her out of her shell. She has gained confidence and presence and I love it!”
“I enjoyed that I could be somebody else.”
“I loved being taught so many things that I did not know.”
“Having fun and learning new things about singing and acting! I also loved meeting new people.”