Hands On Theatre Program
Profile Theatre’s Hands On Residency program was developed to help address the lack of theatre and arts education in our local schools. The program offers both short term and extended residencies with an experienced teaching artist, to local middle and high schools. Whether it be over the course of a few hours, or over several months, students explore language and text within the context of performance. Our curriculum uses integrated learning techniques that engage the mind, body and voice while encouraging collaboration and confidence. Residencies are crafted to address the unique goals of each education partner, whether they culminate in a classroom presentation or a fully produced production with an audience. Teaching materials and scripts are selected based upon our featured playwright and the themes that lie at the heart of their body of work.
What is especially unique about this program is its capacity to introduce students to all aspects of the theatre, including writing, directing, set design and construction, sound design, lighting design and operation, acting and stage management. By expanding the scope of students participation in theatre making, we hope to broaden their understanding of collaboration and teamwork, while also engaging students who have varied artistic inclinations, talents and interests.
Hands on Theatre is supported by the Jane Unger Hands on Theatre Fund. We are grateful to be able to honor the legacy of our founding Artistic Director Jane Unger whose strong belief in education and commitment to bringing theatre arts to Portland youth is a daily inspiration.
Please contact Education Coordinator Summer Olsson for more information.