Flock Theatre provides residency programs to schools through the Connecticut H.O.T. Schools Program and their own educational outreach. Depending on the residency, students work in collaboration with Flock Theatre artists to study a wide range of subjects, from history to science and even conflict resolution. Derron Wood became a Master Teaching Artist in the State of Connecticut as part of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts program in 1998, and Victor Chiburis joined the roster as well in 2015. Flock implements arts-based and arts-integration lessons throughout the state with students of all ages and demographics including those in underserved and low-income communities, homeless children, and students with disabilities.
One such long-time partner includes the Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School Campus, which Flock has "adopted" by running after-school theatre programs (funded by the City of New London's CDBG) and inviting them to the annual Halloween production of Macbeth. This experience gives students who might not otherwise have a chance to experience live professional theatre come to a show; possibly for the first time, for free, right in their backyard.
For a partial list of current and past school partners and clients please click here.
For an example of our exciting work in fluency at Nathan Hale Arts Magnet in New London, please watch this video from The Day.
Some of Flock's other unique programs explore themes such as homelessness, youth violence, the environment, drugs, and anti-social behavior. Many of these programs use puppets to allow students a sense of distance from the problems discussed as well as facilitate real intimacy when their personal experiences are involved.
If you would like to bring Flock Theatre’s Teaching Artists to your school or would like more info, please contact Flock at email@example.com or (860) 443-3119