Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Partner Type
Profile Photo
Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Since 1994, our diverse offering of education programs has brought individuals from different communities and backgrounds into contact with one another. Working with elementary, middle school and high school youth, our experienced education staff—all qualified teaching artists—utilize strategies that promote creative and critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills to explore the diverse world of musical theater. We bring the three primary art forms of musical theater—dance, music, and acting—together to allow students to develop their creative voices and experience the world around them. We maintain a roster of teaching artists who are hired on an as-needed basis to teach individual workshops when our staff is unavailable. In addition, we use our strong relationships with local trade unions to foster mentorships with professional stage crew, designers, artisans, and theater technicians to provide students the opportunity to explore a variety of theater-related careers. The 5th Avenue education staff, teaching artists, and mentors provide safe and supportive learning environments that foster creative and critical thinking, allow youth to take risks and develop new skills, and foster healthy and productive relationships with each other and a community of theater professionals.

Contact Information

First Name
Last Name
1326 5th Avenue
Address 2
Suite 735
(206) 260-2134

Grade Levels Preferred

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

Artistic Disciplines

Songwriting Vocal Technique Song Interpretation Dance Theater Storytelling
Dance, Theater, Musical Theater


Previous School Partnerships
Madrona Elementary Rainier Beach High School Redmond High School Auburn Mountainview High School Tyee High School Shorecrest High School
Other Trainings or Certifications
Washington State Certified Teacher M. Ed. Integrated Teaching Through the Arts
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
The 5th Avenue Theatre recognizes that when students are engaged in the arts they develop pathways for greater understanding of new and difficult concepts and content across the curriculum; they demonstrate self-discipline, motivation, and perseverance; they engage in creative problem solving; they feel empathy and reflect on the human experience; and they develop into life-long learners. As an organization, The 5th Avenue Theatre seeks to create a community that offers theater for ALL. We work strategically toward inclusion of historically neglected and underserved groups and communities, with the ultimate goal of growing a theater community that is truly representative of our region. Our programs for youth empower students toward confident self-expression as well as celebrate students’ unique backgrounds and experiences. Whether performed, read, or experienced live or filmed, musical theater texts are inherently rich and interdisciplinary. Interaction with musical theater performances and dramatic texts can serve a vital role in preparing K-12 students to reach core learning objectives while introducing students to an important aspect of America’s cultural heritage. The 5th Avenue Theatre develops lessons that teach about musical theater as well as 21st Century skills: creative and critical thinking, communication, collaboration, perseverance, and growth mindset.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Language Arts, Social Studies, History, Theater, Dance, Music
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
Professional Development for teachers
Testimonials from Schools




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The cast of The 5th Avenue's Adventure Musical Theater Touring Company takes questions from the audience after a performance of FREE BOY. Photo by Jeff Carpenter
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Students in rehearsal for Rising Star Project: Carousel. Photo by Emma Hasselbach
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Students in a musical theater dance class.
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Rainier Beach High School student performs song written during an after school musical theater program.
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Rainier Beach High School student performs monologue during after school musical theater program.
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