Staging Success is a 2-year initiative supported by AT&T to measure and evaluate the impact of theatre education programs at 4 theatres across the country on student engagement and participation in school as well as any changes to students’ beliefs and attitudes over time.

Serving & Assessing

  • 275 students across 4 cities in the first year
  • Majority economically disadvantaged status
  • Students’ school attendance as it relates to program participation

Through the programs students are

  • Writing their own original monologues
  • Attending professional productions in their community
  • Performing and rehearsing theatrical work
  • Discussing productions and being forced to think critically about their own attitudes towards work.

Theatres & Programs

Dallas Theater Center – Project Discovery

Yearlong after school program in which Dallas High School Students attend and experience plays among an adult audience and participate in the post-show discussion with the self-assurance to discuss ideas with peers and adults alike.

“The kids loved working with another school. They love the interactions and working with strangers in a positive environment is crucial to becoming a productive adult.” – Project Discovery Partner Teacher

Denver Center for the Performing Arts – Dramatic Learning

Theatre-based learning through ensemble work, individual exploration, and the bolstering of both social and emotional skills in tandem with addressing core curriculum.

Seattle Repertory Theatre –  August Wilson Monologue Competition

Interactive, participatory program, in which students explore and perform the work of the premier African-American playwright August Wilson and express themselves through the voice of characters from his plays, which depict the African-American experience over the course of the 20th century.

American Conservatory Theater (SF) – ACTsmart Intensive Residency

Students explore the link between theatre and the social issues most relevant to the students and come together to discuss fiction, plays, and articles on current events and in writing personal monologues and collaborating together on short plays and a culminating performance.