Education - QTEd

SET - Senior Ensemble Theatre

This is your chance to take the spotlight!!

Queens Theatre's Senior Ensemble Theatre (SET) program returns to Senior Centers all around Queens this fall.  

 

Beginning Monday October 2, 2017 from 10 AM to 12 PM QTEd will host SET workshops at:

Raices Corona Senior Center located at:

107-24 Corona Ave.

Corona, NY 11368

718-458-7259

Workshops will continue Raices on Mondays and Fridays into the new year.  

 

Beginning Tuesday October 3, 2017 from 10 AM to 12 PM QTEd will host SET workshops at:

Bayside Senior Center located at:

221-15 Horace Harding Expwy

Bayside, NY 11364

718-225-1144

Workshop will continue at Bayside on Tuesdays and Thursdays into the new year. 

 

Join in the fun!

Here's a snippet of last spring's Senior Ensemble Theatre Final Performance

 

Our community’s senior citizens bring to the performing arts a lifetime rich in human experience.  In six or more decades of living, they have witnessed world-shaking events and ridden the personal roller coasters of joy, sadness, good fortune and adversity that are essential to conveying high-quality theatre.  What better vehicle than the stage for the dramatization of their special insights?  Queens Theatre’s Senior Ensemble Theatre (SET) program provides a vital sense of commitment and joy in the lives of mature adults and demonstrates the possibilities for expanded horizons late in life.

Queens Theatre Education (QTEd) will partner with senior centers in Queens Communities to bring theatre arts to the center’s guests.  QTEd’s Director of Education will work with area senior center Program Directors to engage participants and promote our program in the community. Once the ensemble is gathered, QTEd will hire a professional theatre director/teaching artist and musical director to lead the group in exploring physical and vocal expression through various settings and characters.  The directors will help the ensemble chose scenes, songs and develop monologues that offer a variety of roles well suited for older performers. The material we propose present a positive image of the aging experience and provide an opportunity for seniors to enhance their mental acuity, be physically active and form new and lasting bonds with ensemble members. The directors will guide the ensemble members toward a cabaret-style performance goal. Rehearsals and workshops will take place at the senior center and the final performances will take place at the center as well as in Queens Theatre’s Studio or Cabaret Theatre.  QT’s professional crew will design lights, sound and run the production at the Theatre.  Friends and family will be invited to attend the final performance at QT free of charge.

 

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Page to Stage

Family Reading Hour

Studies show that reading to your child for just 20 minutes a day helps to improve vocabulary and behavioral performance in school. Page to Stage, now in its third year, bridges the gap between live performance and the written word – bringing books to life as a part of the reading process – while concurrently working to develop a child’s passion for reading. 

Page to Stage focuses on books that have been adapted to the stage and have upcoming productions as a part of the Queens Theatre’s Family Series. A professional teaching artist will perform a dramatic reading of the story (either the whole story or an excerpt, depending on the book’s length) for the children in an intimate setting. The teaching artist will then lead the children in fun and interactive theatre games designed to highlight the themes of the book and nurture creative story building. At the end of the reading/workshop, Queens Theatre will provide participants with a voucher for two tickets to Queens Theatre’s performance of the adaptation of the book read. There are no costs incurred by Queens Library branches and the program is offered free to the public.

Reading Events this season:

From the Mixed Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

The Lightning Thief

Check back for Dates, Times and Library Locations. 

 

 

 

 

 

Living Literature

Page to Stage Living Literature focuses on a selection of literature for adaptation to the stage.  Students choose a short story or a myth and, working with Queens Theatre’s teaching artist staff, analyze its central themes and characters, define the major plot points and determine how best to tell the story in a 10 minute play. Once the script is created, the students work with the teaching artists on staging and rehearsing the play.   

 

New Program Starting!

Beginning on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, QTEd will host Living Literature program at the Langston Hughes Community Library in Corona.  Are you between the ages of 10 and 14 and want to adapt short stories to the stage?  Join us for an afternoon of fun and creativity.  You can contact the Director of Education here, rhinojosa@queenstheatre.org, or you can go to Langston Hughes Library and sign up with Librarian Cecile Hastie. Call 718-971-5839 for more information.  QTEd's Living Literature program is free for all participants.  The program will continue every Tuesday (skipping holidays) to January 16, 2018.  

 

 

 

Student Matinee Series

Queens Theatre is proud to present a new season of our Student Matinee Series offering students free matinee performances of its Theatre and Dance Series. Each performance takes place on a Friday morning beginning at 10:30 AM (unless otherwise specified). We ask that you please arrive at least 30 minutes before the show begins. There is ample parking available for buses right next to the Theatre. There will be a Talk Back session following the performance and a study guide will be given to each student.  Please limit the number of seats requested to 60.

 

Student Matinee Events This Season: 

Sense and Sensibility

Pilobolus

Tango Fire

Much Ado About Nothing

 

Seating is limited and is on a “first come, first serve” basis.  To reserve seats for your school, call the box office at 718.760.0064

For more information, please call Richard Hinojosa, Director of Education, at 718.971.5839 or e-mail rhinojosa@queenstheatre.org

QTELL

Queens Theatre English Language Learner Program

 

Residency Summary

Queens Theatre Education’s QTELL program facilitates language acquisition, builds confidence and improves story-writing skills by involving students in theatre activities such as improvisation and ensemble building games.  In 12 to 15 week units, English Language Learner (ELL) students will create and perform an original play that is developed through workshops that take them through the entire process of building a story.  First, they discuss plot, setting and character development.  Then they collaborate as a class and utilize all of the group’s ideas to form a single story. Once the story is written, they explore physical, vocal and emotional expression, the elements to staging and staying in character while working as an ensemble to bring their imaginary worlds to life.

QTELL Learning Outcomes

Students will know and/or be able to-

1. Embody a full understanding of English vocabulary used in theatre and storytelling.
2. React with less delay (due to English comprehension) and in a manner that logically makes sense.
3. Contribute their ideas to the group confidently without feeling judged or fear that their idea is not helpful or “wrong”.
4. Participate fully while challenging themselves to take risks.
5. Expand general English vocabulary through story building and acting lessons.
6. Collaborate and say “YES AND” to other’s ideas and feedback. 

Development 

Teachers will assist the teaching artist and program director in creating a scaffold for the workshops that are age appropriate and grade specific. The teachers will guide the teaching artist and program through relative and current curriculum.  They will provide reading lists and information on other current units of study that the students are working on during the residency. The teacher and teaching artist will incorporate the units into the workshops.

Implementation 

Partnering teachers are asked to participate in each workshop.  The teaching artist will ask them to do the theatre activities along with the students and then he/she will turn the leadership of some activities over to the teacher.  The goal is to provide the teacher with the ability to lead theatre activities as part of the curriculum after the program has concluded.

Review

The teaching artist, program director, principal and teachers will meet monthly to review how the students and teachers are progressing in the program.  QT will ask teachers to share anecdotal evidence on student performance in class.  The program director will evaluate the progress of the teachers’ professional development during the workshops with the principal.

Evaluation

The program is evaluated through several standards and benchmarks that are both quantitative and qualitative.  In partnership with the school, Queens Theatre will track the students’ performance on the NYS English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) for that school year.  QT will also track the student’s reading levels and running records including fluency, comprehension and interest survey.  QT will also record anecdotal evidence from the teachers on student performance in class. We will interview the student’s teachers from the previous year and evaluate their progress.  QT will also provide all participants, teachers and students, with an opinion survey form to be completed at the beginning middle and end of the program that will help us to evaluate effectiveness from their perspective. Our program is flexible and can be adjusted to meet the particular needs of a school, class or student.  QT’s program director and teaching artist will meet with the teachers and administrators every two weeks during the program to track the students’ progress and to evaluate our methods school-by-school, class-by-class and student- by-student.

 

Click to download a QTELL residency lesson plan

CentreStage

Since 2007, Queens Theatre has had the privilege of being involved with the CASA (Cultural After-School Adventures) program. In that time, we have provided well over 3000 students in over two dozen schools in the Queens community with the opportunity to express their creativity and opinions through the act of creating and performing an original play. The students learned all about the intricacies of theatrical language and techniques but even more importantly they discovered free expression, gained problem solving skills and built community through teamwork and responsibility to the group. 

Our CASA program, or CentreStage as it is known here at Queens Theatre, is generously funded by the Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by the city council so there is no cost to your school.  We hire and pay a teacher or administrator from your school to help coordinate the program at your institution.  Additionally, we exclusively hire working professional actors, directors and writers, who are also highly trained teaching artists, to go into your school and lend their knowledge and experience to your students.  At the start of the program I meet with the principal, school coordinator and teaching artist in order to shape the program according to your needs. We can design it to focus on literacy or social issues or to a specific subject such as history or science. An important part of learning about the theatre is to experience it. To that end, we invite the students and three of their family members to attend one of our productions free of charge. 

Due to our experience and knowledge with administering CentreStage, the program is run efficiently and is designed to have a high impact. I am constantly evaluating the program for its effectiveness. Twice a week for two hours each day, your students will learn the essential tools of theatre, including improvisation, character and story development, staging, vocal projection and the communication of emotion. CentreStage also employs writing exercises that teach the elements of storytelling. Furthermore, our program gives the students a taste of other performing arts by including at least one song and/or dance number in each play. We also print and bind a special commemorative anthology of the plays and give them as gifts to the students and teachers. 

One of the most remarkable aspects of our program is the culminating event. Early in June, your students are brought here to the Queens Theatre where they are given the chance to perform on our main stage and with a professional theatre director and stage crew.  Lights, set and sound are designed just for them.  We pour all of our expertise and resources into the production so it is of the very highest quality and equal to any of the touring productions that grace our main stage. Family and friends are invited to the theatre, free of charge, to feel the pride and delight that stems from watching their children achieve their goal. It is an unforgettable experience for everyone involved and Queens Theatre is proud to be a part of it. 

We would like to invite your school to participate in our program.  If you are interested in having CentreStage come to your school please contact me at rhinojosa@queenstheatre.com or call me at 718-971-5839. 

 



Summer Performance Program

 

Show Stoppers: Summer Musical Theatre Program

Rising young stars will create and perform an original pocket-sized musical play in just two weeks!  Our program takes students through the entire of process of creating a musical play from auditions to writing and rehearsing, culminating in a performance on our Mainstage. Working with our professional and dynamic teaching artists, students will engage their imaginations, study the process of theatre and work together as an ensemble to put on a production of their own design during this exciting and comprehensive summer experience. 

 

QT Show Stoppers Summer Musical Theatre Program is open to all kids – no experience in the performing arts is needed to join in the fun. Acceptance into the program is on a first come-first served basis. Auditions for roles will take place once the session has begun. Space is limited so register today! We are offering two 2-week sessions.

 

Registration for Queens Theatre's Summer Musical Theatre Program opens March 1, 2017.

 

New This Summer!  Show Stoppers has opened a 3rd session!!

 

Click Here to Register Online 

 

Contact Director of Education Richard Hinojosa at rhinojosa@queenstheatre.org if you have any questions regarding our Summer Performance Program.

 

 

 

Available Discounts

Early Registration Discount

Register before April 30 and we’ll waive the registration fee

 

Sibling Discount

Save an additional $25 per child for registering sibling

 

Bring a Friend Discount

Register your child and refer a friend to receive a $25 discount per session  
(Friend’s registration is required for discount) (Limit 4)

 

Registration/Cancellation Policies

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for all sessions. A 50% deposit (plus the $15 registration fee) is required upon registration in order to reserve a space in the program. Full payment is due by June 27th for all sessions. All cancelation requests must be submitted in writing to rhinojosa@queenstheatre.org.  Students withdrawing from a session must cancel at least two weeks prior to the start date to receive a full refund (minus the $15 registration fee). Students withdrawing from a session less than two weeks prior to the start date will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted after the start of the session, regardless of attendance. Queens Theatre reserves the right to cancel any session that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. If the session does not meet our enrollment requirements all payments will be refunded to pre-registered parties in that session.

 

 

 

 

Show Shoppers

Program Days

Monday - Friday

Primary Program Hours

9:30am - 4pm
(Students bring their own lunch)

Early Drop Off

9am - 9:30am (No Charge)

Extended Day

4pm - 6pm (Mon-Thurs Only)

Extended Day Pricing

Monday - Thursday:
$20 per day or $60 per week per child

Program Age Group

7 to 12 years old

Program Pricing (Per Child)

One Session: $600 for a two week session
Two Sessions: $500 per two week session ($1,000 total)

Program Registration Fee

$15 per child

Program Dates

Session One

July 10, 2017 to July 21, 2017

Session Two

July 24, 2017 to August 4, 2017

Session Three

August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017