Education Report from our 2011–2012 Season

The Theatre School
3 semesters of classes for students from ages 3-adult & Camp Walnut resulting in 3387 Teaching artist contact hours:

Outreach
Four-person touring productions (2 companies) and workshops for schools resulting in 1396 Teaching artist contact hours, 347 performances and 2 workshops

Adopt-a-School
An extensive three-year partnership with an area public school resulting in 494 Teaching Artist contact hours

T.E.A.M. Walnut
Artist residencies with area schools and community groups including an ongoing partnership with the HMS School for Cerebral Palsy resulting in 575 Teaching Artist Contact Hours

Apprentices
On the job training for the early career professional

WST for Kids Series
Five terrific one-hour musicals for families, two are self-produced

Walnut C.A.R.E.S.
Local students join us for internships, job shadow days and performances. We attend career days and help numerous schools and community groups.

Accessibility

Seeing the Stage Through Their Eyes
Local high students coming to mainstage productions

Commissioned Works



OUR BOTTOM LINE: 162,954 IMPACTED BY OUR EDUCATION PROGRAMS!
...Resulting in 5,808 Teaching Artist Contact Hours!


What teachers and students are saying...

Theatre School

"I love your class—it makes me enjoy auditioning like I enjoy performing!"
— Student

"It was great to work on some new material in a non-threatening situation—exactly what I wanted to get out of this class… I have several new songs now to replace some duds in my book—thanks for the push."
— Student

"A mom came up to me after the showcase to tell me it made her cry, and she explained. It had nothing to do with Michael performing she said. What made her cry was when he raised his hand during the showcase to answer one of my questions. Apparently, her son has Asperger's and has never volunteered to respond to a question ever before. It's just one of the things he doesn't do, so she was incredibly moved when he raised his hand for me."
— Theatre School Teacher

Camp Walnut

"Camp Walnut made me feel confident, feel awesome and feel proud to be on stage."
— Camp Student

"Camp Walnut is the best theatre camp I've been to. It's uplifting and a blast!"
— Camp Student

"I learned so much during camp. I learned how to make friends, to always give 100%, and that I can really do anything if I try…I feel so much stronger because of this summer."
— Camp Student

"Your program is outstanding! My daughter had the time of her life!"
— Camp Parent

TEAM (Teacher Education/Artist Match) Raves

"It was the best time of my life. It was the best experience of my life when we got to step on the stage."
— Student from St. Joseph's Prep

"Thank you for your dedication and hard work. My students are richer for the experience. This is an opportunity that comes once in a lifetime. Thank you, Thank you!"
— Mrs. West, 3rd Grade Teacher, Basche-Martin School

"I am amazed that you offer such programs…I wish every child could attend such a workshop. It helps a child on so many levels!"
— Lori Trojack, Girl Scout Troop Leader

"The kids and staff alike loved every part of it. We had a great time and found the program to be educational, interactive and fun!"
— Jami Smith, Recreational Therapist, CFG Residentials, LLC.

Reviews from our Touring Outreach shows

"BRAVO! Today's program was outstanding. Thank you again for once again providing a quality performance. We look forward to your visit each year and are never disappointed. Your outreach program lays the foundation for the performing arts at an early age."
— Theresa Mellar, Director, Ambler Weekday Nursery School

"Thanks for supporting our efforts to end Bullying within our school. Your skillful and artistic expression captured the hearts and minds of our students."
— India Finn, Dean of Students, Hardy Williams Academy Mastery Charter School

"My children have the disability of autism…Thank you so much for helping them learn that people can and will stand up for themselves."
— Special Education Teacher, Webster Elementary.

"The performance "Only 13" was extremely powerful, thought-provoking and relevant."
— Jeanne Leise, Counselor, Merchantville, NJ