Jobsite has worked with middle school, high school, and college-level student groups since our 2001 production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Since then, we’ve grown from simply offering student groups of 10 or more substantially reduced rates and a post-show talk with the actors to a full program that has over 35 educational outreach events in the 2018-19 season that will reach over 2,500 middle and high schoolers with both Othello and a return run of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised].
In 2012, we began offering daytime matinees to school groups (Fahrenheit 451, Much Ado About Nothing). In 2016, we had a one-year partnership with both the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and the Saunders Foundation that allowed us to double the number of those performances, reaching thousands, while getting over 500 of them into the theater at absolutely no cost. In 2017 we entered an arrangement with Hillsborough County Public Schools, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, and the Straz Center/Patel Conservatory to become part of their Field Trips program. Most recently we offered both The Tempest and 1984 to schools for weekday matinees in addition to our standard mainstage performance times.
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With each production we also offer a robust study guide that hits relevant curriculum points by grade level, extending far past theater into reading and literacy, history, and the social sciences. We offer both pre- and post-show visits to the schools, sending teaching artists involved in the production to offer custom-built workshops, demonstrations, or lectures to help further enrich the overall experience.
In addition to the workshops and demonstrations during the pre-show visits, we also include important context about the performance like information on the author, subject matter, and history about the time it was written as well as what the students should expect to see on stage and why we think it matters. Post-show visits also include opportunities for the students to ask questions and provide feedback prior to the custom-built workshop, lecture, or demonstration that we arrange with the teachers. With these in-classroom visits we are able to work with far greater numbers of the student populations than we could bring into the theater.