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Lantern Theater Company's Illumination Education Program
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"I found the residency to be great! The teaching artists were enthusiastic and helpful, and they really helped to make reading Shakespeare fun! I usually don't enjoy public speaking or acting, but this was an exception!" –10th grader, Central High School

"A few of the students expressed their surprise that it was so fun and engaging... Thank you for giving them, for their first real taste of Shakespeare, such a positive experience!" –Robin Nourie, Classroom Teacher, Germantown Friends School

"My students...all agreed that seeing the play performed live by actors who really know Shakespeare's language and meaning greatly enhanced their understanding and appreciation of it. Both my students and I were delighted by the performance." –Ariel Richvalsky, Classroom Teacher, Atlantic Christian School

"I used to be really shy and hated acting in front of a class...and now I'm way more comfortable in acting in front of a crowd. I can't wait until they come back in the spring!!" –10th grader, Central High School

"As you could tell, Millville students absolutely loved the play. I believe we have convinced a few people that live theater brings literature to life." –Jean Curnow, Classroom Teacher, Millville Senior High School
Illumination Education Program

Classroom Connections: Full Residencies with Core Partner Schools

Thanks in part to continued support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the William Penn Foundation, Lantern Theater Company is expanding its roster of core partner schools. Each year, core partner schools are provided with classroom residencies on a subject of each school's choosing, centered around required curricular material. During each residency, a team of experienced teaching artists visits the school to help students engage more deeply with assigned curricular material.

Unlike many other theater education programs, Illumination residencies are not focused on "theater appreciation." Rather, we have found that the tools and techniques used to create great theater also help students engage more fully with assigned curricular material in new and exciting ways. Additionally, the structure of theatrical presentation requires that students apply themselves to the material in ways that develop key long-term life skills that are crucial for long-term success for all students regardless of their future career path.

Centered around our annual production of Romeo and Juliet as well as A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Othello, and a variety of other titles, our full residencies encourage participating students to:

  • Engage more deeply with assigned material and make connections to their contemporary lives
  • Focus on positive group work, developing beneficial collaborative habits
  • Develop confident performance and self-expression skills
  • Develop key long-term life skills, including critical thinking and discipline
Classroom teachers at core partner schools are offered Act 48 Continuing Professional Education credits though workshops that demonstrate how to use our theatrical techniques in the classroom, ensuring that they are fully prepared to not only carry the Lantern's approach forward in future years but also to adapt our techniques to new subjects and topics.

How to Get Involved

If you are interested in becoming a core partner school or planning a paid residency, please contact Craig Getting, Education Director, at cgetting@lanterntheater.org or 215.829.9002 x104. When selecting core partner schools, special consideration is given to schools serving students with special needs, English Language Learner students, and/or schools with a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

Pictured: Students participating in the Lantern's Illumination program.
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Header Photo: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018); Charlie DelMarcelle, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan, and Brian Anthony Wilson in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2019); Anthony Lawton and Paul L. Nolan in The Craftsman (2017); and Bi Jean Ngo and Peter DeLaurier in The Tempest (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.

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