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In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight is Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ priority access program for teachers, providing an exclusive look into what’s next on the Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ stage.

In the Spotlight attendees:

  • Get priority access to the creative team behind each production
  • Hear the script come to life during a staged reading of the play
  • Learn how we are bringing stories, classic and new, to the stage

In the Spotlight begins with an exclusive cast reading of the play and is immediately followed by a post-show conversation. The conversation is framed around the questions you, the teachers at the center of our programming, have about the play and how we are bringing it to the stage. Additionally, with teens in attendance, you have an unique opportunity to hear the teen perspective as you build lesson plans around the production.

Registration

To register, please contact Megan Shuchman at (312) 654-5637 or mshuchman@steppenwolf.org.

In Your Classroom

Steppenwolf for Young Adults offers two separate Residency Programs to area schools that commit to attending both Steppenwolf for Young Adults' productions in exchange for discounted tickets, scripts, study guides, and invitations to special events surrounding the productions. All Residency Workshops are taught by Steppenwolf Teaching Artists.

See Residency Program in Action

Watch residency video

View photos from the Residency program

PRE/POST Residency Program

Our PRE/POST Residency Program is composed of three parts: Preparation (pre-show workshop), Experience (the production), and Reflection or Interpretation (post-show workshop).

The Pre-show workshop is intended to raise student excitement and interest in the play through the use of performance-based exercises based on the play’s themes. By first exploring themes, students are given a “lens” through which to view the production, thereby making their experience at the theatre more active and thoughtful.

The Experience of seeing a play at Steppenwolf Theatre is always followed by a post-show discussion. At school group performances, the discussion moderator fosters dialogue and debate between the students themselves. The actors of the show also participate in the conversation, and answer questions.

The Post-show workshop engages students in reflective dialogue about the play, especially in regards to how the play speaks to their experience in the world. Performance-based exercises and in-depth discussions are used to help students realize, as well as articulate, their personal connections to the play.

Immersion Residency Program

Our Immersion Residency Program was created to address the need for longer, more in-depth partnerships with our schools and for a rigorous curriculum with Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ productions as the central focus. The Immersion Residency Program integrates professional development with a year-long in-classroom residency. We accomplish this by immersing Steppenwolf teaching artists in Chicago Public Schools, targeting both classroom teachers and students through a combination of:

  • curriculum development that is inquiry based and uses Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ productions as the centerpiece
  • professional development that brings classroom teachers and our teaching artists together for intensive work sessions throughout the year
  • classroom support through extended classroom residencies that are co-taught by a Steppenwolf teaching artist and the classroom teacher
  • student engagement in exploring the play as a work of art and cultural expression; guiding students though an artistic process in how theatre artists approach the creation of work for the stage.

WHAT IF? Residency Program

The WHAT IF? Project is an extended residency program through Steppenwolf Education in which a classroom teacher partner of Steppenwolf’s In-School Residency Program creates an artistic project with their class in response to a Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) production. This teacher collaborates with a Steppenwolf teaching artist to provide students a unique chance to advance their skills by exploring the creative inquiry question of, “WHAT IF?” Throughout the course of their 20 residency sessions, students utilize skills of Steppenwolf's teaching pedagogy, aesthetic education, to generate an original work in conversation with productions they viewed.

For more information on our In School Residency Programs, please contact Megan Shuchman, Director of Education, at mshuchman@steppenwolf.org