Robin Pease was the keynote speaker, a constructive and inspiring addition to the festival....she really held the attention and interest of the entire auditorium. Teachers came away with a better understanding of how to enhance storytelling with dramatic arts principles, and use stories from diverse cultural backgrounds to create activities that address learning standards.
Settlement Music School, Philadelphia PA
I really enjoyed being able to work with a group to being a poem to life using drama.
Kayli, a student
I especially enjoyed how the whole class got to create!
Matt, a student
I loved how you were interactive with everyone.
Shaylin, a student
The kids watching and participating in her performance didn’t need to be told twice to listen; they
were riveted by Pease’s performance.
Kara Friend, Charleston, WVA
The story was creative and highly interactive.
Judy Carr Newtown, PA
Your workshop with my 7th graders was not only outstanding but also memorable. After you left, our assistant principal stopped in and the kids insisted on showing him their Civil War poetry presentations. He was duly impressed.
Teresa Lambert - Findlay, OH
The interactive qualities of the workshop made the class really exciting. It was great to be up and moving, active and creative. It gave me another strategy to use in the classroom. Easy to do, yet very power outcomes.
Kennedy Center, Professional Development Participant
When you add movement to a poem, it makes it so much easier to understand.
Maddi, a student
THE LAST FUGITIVE SLAVE performance showed the emotional distress and physical consequences of the slavery institution; Robin incorporated students into her performance, directly having them see the importance of the teaching of history and culture by means of the theatrical arts.
You all did an amazing job this summer. The performance showed real and substantive accomplishment by the children – a testament to your team’s work. Congratulations and THANK YOU!
Kathleen Cerveny, Cleveland Foundation
I thought it was neat how I could be like a real actress.
Sarah, a student Cleveland Heights, OH
When I had to go up and say my part, I thought I would be nervous. When I get nervous, my voice gets deep and it didn’t get deep. I wasn’t nervous and I was surprised they didn’t make me nervous. I was comfortable. They probably made me conquer my fear on getting nervous in front of people.
Jordan, a student
Thanks! We need more PD like this in order to motivate our students to actively participate and learn concepts in various ways. Bring Robin back!
Renaissance Theater, Professional Development Participant
The message was right on target - every student was engaged.