Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
A Stone Soup Theatre
Partner Type
Organization
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
In 1996, Maureen Miko wanted to start a small, neighborhood-oriented professional theatre. She found a defunct pet grooming shop standing empty on Stone Way, walked in and saw possibilities. The street name reminded her of a favorite story from her childhood about hungry, tired soldiers limping into an impoverished village where the villagers are none-too-interested in sharing their meager stores of food. One enterprising soldier fills a pot with water and tosses in a stone, saying how delicious the soup would be if someone had an onion. An onion is produced, then a carrot…eventually, each villager brings something to the broth and soon villagers and soldiers alike sit down to a wonderful meal made all the better because everyone contributed to its creation. Bringing together the street name and this old fable, Stone Soup Theatre was born. Here at Stone Soup, it is our philosophy that everyone – actor, author and audience – bring an essential ingredient to the creation of theatre and the sum is always greater than the parts. We are proud to be entering our twenty-fourth year here in Wallingford and wish to extend our profound thanks to the devoted students, friends and patrons who have supported us.

Contact Information

First Name
Jeremy
Last Name
Ehrlich
Address
1414 N.42nd St
Address 2
City
Seattle
State
WA
Zip
98103
Phone
206-388-9212

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
K-2, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Type

All our programs incorporate the Washington State standards for Theatre in

Theatre Skills Performance Programs Academic Theme-Based Programming Mask Commedia dell’arte

Physical Theatre

Shakespeare  Acting 

Improvisation Theatre Crafts Story Drama

Musical Theatre

Playwrighting

Residencies

21st Century Skills including STEAM

Discipline
Dance, Music, Theater

Experience

Previous School Partnerships
Dozens of schools including Alki Elementary, Denny Middle, Northgate Elementary, South Shore Elementary, Genesee Hill, and Chief Sealth High
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
Yes
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Yes
Experience with English Language Learners
Yes
Experience with Students in Special Education
Yes

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
Stone Soup's Theatre educational programs focus on giving each young actor the tools they need to succeed on stage. All our student productions are actor-centered; we take focus away from the technical aspects of theatre and put it back in our young actor's imaginations.  Our programs focus on process, growth, and individualized student development.  Our goal is to nurture and engage individual students at a level that is appropriate and challenging.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Academic Theme-Based Programming - Using theatrical exercises, teaching artists work with students to make your core curriculum accessible to visual, kinesthetic, spatial, musical and intra-personal learners. We design a custom program for your classroom. Program examples include: Physical approaches to Math as a part of STEAM (symmetry, basic mathematical operations) Language & Theatre Arts (exploring plots and characters of assigned readings, working on spelling and vocabulary through Theatre games) and History (enacting historic events for experiential learning)  
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
For a recent residency with at the Northwest School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, we worked with the school contact and our teaching artist to find the best option for their special needs population of K-8 students. After deciding on a physical theatre residency adapted for the various age groups, our teaching artist connected with one of the classroom teachers to discuss specific logistics like the physical space, special amplification equipment, and how to best work with the interpreters and assistants the school provided to best accommodate student needs and the teacher's learning objectives.  We also specialize in working with students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, special education students, students with learning and behavior disabilities, English Language Learners (ELL), and students who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.
Testimonials from Schools
Vanessa Kitchner Assistant Manager Kids Co @ Lincoln (206)632-7753

Nikki Eisenhut Alki Elementary, West Seattle

3010 59th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98116 (206) 252-9050

 Denise Templeman Northwest School for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children 15303 Westminster Way N, Shoreline, WA 98133
(206) 364-4605

Fees

Fees
negotiable within your budget

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Summerstage '19 "Hamilton"
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Youth Conservatory 2014 "Annie"
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Youth Conservatory 2012 "The Wizard of Oz"
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Summerstage 2013 "Dr Seuss"
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Summerstage 2013 "The Hobbit"

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