Meeting the Demand
Since 2012, Courageous Stage has grown from its inaugural 130-student elementary school program, Shakespeare It’s Elementary (SIE), to an organization that serves more than 20 schools, 1,000 students, and 80 teachers from grades 4-12. Today, we’re rolling out new programs, forging new partnerships and working to meet the demand for Courageous Stage in the classroom.
Shakespeare It's Elementary
Shakespeare It’s Elementary (Grades 4-6) delivers a shot of adrenaline to English Language Arts curriculum, by engaging students to produce an entire Shakespeare play. Working with a talented team of Associate Artists over a 10-week period, students lead all aspects of production, allowing mentors to engage every child with personalized learning, regardless of their background or education level.
There is a role for every child that will push the limits of their own literacy, creativity and collaboration. We focus on the whole person by introducing students to vocabulary, storytelling, design, movement, history and character development. By giving kids ownership over their work we help them grasp language that may at first seem out of reach.
SIE culminates in a fully produced play at a professional theater, as more than 100 kids from multiple schools come together, creating an inspiring festival atmosphere. In Addison County, the final performance is at Town Hall Theater.
The Maverick Voice (Grades 6+) activates a student-driven learning environment that builds community and fosters collaboration in the classroom. We jump-start our work with a central line of inquiry: “What does it mean to be a Maverick?” This question is our entry-point for youth inquiry into the lives of change-agents past and present as well as local and global. Our multi-session approach deepens comprehension of texts, generates writing, and asks youth to think beyond the classroom; providing an experience that can lead to civic and community engagement. We tailor our work to compliment English Language and Social Studies curriculums and help achieve International Baccalaureate and Expeditionary Learning goals.
Maverick Voice workshops and programs are working with a wide array of learners in multiple communities that include the statewide program "What's The Story," Addison County Spring into the Arts Festival, Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English.