Educational and Outreach Program
Last Season, we performed AKA HAMLET in the Spring throughout Miami-Dade County Public Schools as our 2019 Page-to-Stage Tour Production. The tour visited 18 public and charter schools, presenting 26 performances to over 8,000 students, many of whom have never been exposed to live theater before. The project was in conjunction with What If Works, Inc. led by FIU Associate Professor, Phillip Church. All school programs are booked through the Cultural Passport Program.
About the Program
Arts education within a school district provides many opportunities for growth for the student. It provides the student an opportunity to access an experience that they never realized they may enjoy as well as benefiting them in the form of knowledge, future cultural consumption, tolerance, historical empathy, and critical thinking. At GableStage, we believe the future of theatre can be assured only by the development of young audiences, and in the necessity of quality arts education experiences for ALL students. Therefore, each season GableStage’s Educational Programming addresses the cultural enrichment of Miami-Dade County Public School students and has been doing so since our founding as Florida Shakespeare Theatre in 1979. Our programs, including the Page-To-Stage School Tour, the morning in-house Mainstage performances and our various Outreach Performances, have been seen by over a million students. Our Educational Programming has long targeted students from culturally underserved areas. Of the schools that attended the Educational Programming in the 2015-2016 season, an average of 70.5% of their students qualify for free or reduced price lunch, a common indicator of an underserved student body.
All of our Educational Programming offerings are evaluated annually to provide an in-depth look at the experience provided for the schools, teachers, and students. Direct teacher and student responses acquired via surveys, emails, and interactions with staff evaluate the effectiveness of the programs. It is our goal to receive the following ratings:
- To have 90% of teachers rate our overall program as excellent
- To have 85% of teachers rate the relevancy of the play to the curriculum as excellent
- To have 85% of teachers rate the usefulness of our study guide content as excellent
- To have 80% of our teachers rate our overall program as “Accessible and Friendly” to students with various disabilities
We regularly exceed these goals due to the quality of productions and material we offer through our programs.
GableStage’s programming is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors and through the Miami-Dade County Public School System’s Cultural Passport program.
Our Education and Outreach Programming is made possible through the generous support of: