American Place Theatre, Inc. Overview
Target demographics: Underserved students (ages 7 and up) in the New York Metro are including Title 1 schools, charter schools, community colleges, and alternative schools. Rural and urban community and educational audiences in all 50 states.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 plus
Geographic areas served: New York Metro Area and Nationwide
Programs: Literature to Life Performances and in-school Residency workshops engage participants in a deep and meaningful exploration of the world of the book. Themes of the curriculum approach English, Social Studies, Character Education and Theatre subject areas.
Professional Development Workshops provide interactive training to pre-service and in-service educators. Sessions use the Literature to Life to bring classroom content to life.
(For a complete exploration of, and explanation of, these program visit www.americanplacetheatre.org.)
Following a Literature to Life performance, 85% of students want to read or re-read the book, and after a Literature to Life in-school Residency, over 90% of teachers report a positive impact on students’ critical thinking, cultural awareness, and reading comprehension.
Literature to Life provides 5,000 hours of creative education instruction and 220 performances of high-quality theatre to 30,000 students across America annually.
70% of the schools served by The American Place Theatre in past years qualified as Title 1 schools meaning that a vast majority of our student participants live below the poverty level where a family of four makes less than $22,000 annually.