Classroom Residencies

Open up a world of understanding in your classroom with deeper engagement, and imaginative exploration with a trained professional Steppingstone Theatre teaching artist.

Our Classroom Residencies models work well to fit teacher’s needs. With flexible scheduling choices and full integration with state educational standards, our residencies provide your classroom with a theater and arts integration specialist, helping you bring curriculum to a new level of creative learning. Our Steppingstone teaching artist will work closely with you to meet your expectations of learning goals and lesson plans.

Your students will learn to express themselves and develop empathy for their own and other’s situations. They begin to understand universal themes and ways of looking at the world, and they develop the means to express their own visions and ideas. Teaching and learning in theatre develops confident learners who are better prepared to participate actively in their education, community and social lives.

Choose from 5 core residency topics and select Small (5 hours), Medium (15 hours) or Large (30 hours) based on your needs and budget. Each residency is designed for a classroom of up to 32 students. Residencies may span several weeks, and can be adjusted to your classroom calendar and schedule. (And of course you have the option to create a custom program specifically for your curriculum.)

Residency Topics

I See the Sun

Explore the world through another child’s eyes.  Based on the popular series of books for young readers, I See the Sun residencies encourages young learners to understand that other children may speak different languages, have their own traditions, clothing, and food, but we all have family, play, daily routines, ways of learning, and surprisingly similar celebrations that connect us to a shared experience of being human.  Foster a greater sense of curiosity about our diverse human family, and create a foundation for acceptance and understanding based on sound historical and cultural knowledge. Our most popular residency for young learners.


Explore different subjects Residencies use improvisation, shared story-telling, and other strategies form the theatre to devise an original play. Students work collaboratively with a teaching artist to synthesize knowledge and understandings of a theme, big idea, process or other content-specific learning goal.

Educators Create

Play residency to explore themes of community, leadership, cooperation and tie in curriculum. This model takes students through a process of skill-building and brainstorming, improvisation based script writing and performance. All students will serve as performers, creators, collaborative directors and content explores.

Oh The Stories You Can Tell

Excite your most reluctant readers and writers, and give your word lovers a playful treat, with this lively approach to books and language. Using favorite books for young readers, our teaching artists engage in through Story Telling. Encourage deeper exploration of plot, character, and themes, and make powerful connections to the imaginative world of students. Theater games, creative “mash-ups,” and a final performance created by students combine in a favorite for teachers and students.

Can You Hear Me?

Encourage your students to develop listening and empathy, while nurturing a sense of confident verbal or written mastery through shared stories and poetry. This is a great choice for building core literacy and encouraging healthy and mindful community building. Our teaching artists lead a process of helping students find their unique voice and story to tell while building language and communication skills. Students are encouraged to listen with a sense of respect and to develop the ability to be heard and to listen.

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Residency Pricing

All Programs Include:

  • Hours spent with a professional teaching artist
  • Lesson planning with Program Manager
  • On campus meeting

Contact hours may be used in one classroom in split between classes. Each class is limited to a maximum of 35 students per class.

30 hrs


40 min - 1 hr per session

15 hrs


40 min - 1 hr per session

5 hrs


40 min - 1 hr per session



40 min - 1 hr per session

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Scholarships Available

At SteppingStone, we strive to make our programming accessible to all students.