Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Partner Type
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Seattle Repertory Theatre offers an August Wilson Residency for High School Language Arts classes. We aim to connect students to the life and work of America’s premier black playwright, August Wilson. Using his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences as a cornerstone, the residency focuses on acting, critical thinking, and creative collaboration using a variety of interactive and engaging theatrical exercises. Students will read Fences aloud during the residency with the Teaching Artist, then participate in lesson plans directly tied to the themes of the play. Selected activities will include:
  • An overview of the life and work of August Wilson including a multimedia presentation featuring rare footage, images and production photographs from Wilson’s renowned Century Cycle.
  • Students will engage in a robust examination of the n-word's place in literature and society
  • Students will analyze Wilson's use of symbolism through.
  • Acting Performance. Students will perform short scenes and monologues then assess their own work as well as the work of others.
  • Acting Technique. Students will understand the importance of acting technique, including the importance making strong physical, vocal and imaginative choices.
  • Students will work in small groups to create their own 5-minute Fences adaptation
Curriculum can be tailored to meet specific classroom needs.

Contact Information

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Last Name
155 Mercer Street
Address 2
PO Box 900923
206-443-2202 x 1094

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Acting Performance and Technique Scene/Text Analysis Character Development Production Design    
Literary Art or Spoken Word/Performance Poetry, Theater, Multidisciplinary


Previous School Partnerships
Other Trainings or Certifications
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Experience with English Language Learners
Experience with Students in Special Education

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
As an organization, Seattle Repertory Theatre is committed to ensuring that the American theatre is a place of true equity--a space where people from a diverse set of backgrounds and identities can feel welcome and free to express the realities of their cultural and personal experiences.  We especially want members of historically underserved groups and communities to feel included in our theatre and ultimetely seek to play a leading role in realizing the dream of creating a theatre community that is truly representative of the diverse city in which we live. Through the August Wilson Residency, we hope to inspire students to value equity in the theatre, and indeed in all facets of life. We work toward empowering students to take responsibility for their presence in the world and to step into their dignity and worth as human beings.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Language Arts, Social Studies, History, Social Justice, Theater,
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
Professional Development (specializing in 6-12 teachers) Special Education ELL
Testimonials from Schools
Patrick Dougherty- Steve Miranda-


$1500.00 for the complete 10-class residency. If the classroom teacher would like us to complete the residency in less than ten classes, we can tailor the curriculum to accommodate their needs. Cost of a tailored residency is $150.00 per class period. We ask that teachers commit to a minimum of six class periods.


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SRT Teaching Artist Jason Sanford leads students in a warmup.
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Student performance at Seattle Rep.
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Focused and in formation.
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A student receives individual coaching on his monologue.
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Students rehearse August Wilson monologues.


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