George Street Playhouse celebrates the life of longtime friend and supporter, Betty Wold Johnson, whose unwavering dedication to philanthropy and the arts touched organizations across the state of New Jersey. Her generosity and love of the arts has had a profound and deeply meaningful impact on George Street Playhouse over many years, most recently and notably with a gift to the Playhouse to name The Elizabeth Ross Johnson Theater (named for her daughter) in the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center.
Theatre Arts Integration
Recipient of a 2019 Citation of Excellence in Theatre Arts Education by NJ State Council for the Arts, George Street Playhouse's Theatre at the Core and STEAM focused Artist-in-Residence programs strengthen content knowledge in English language arts, math, science and social studies. GSP’s theatre arts integration classroom residencies use creative and sustainable instructional methods leading to improve student achievement.
Our Teaching Artists work with over 2,500 students in more than 125 classrooms annually. Students read and respond to multiple texts, imagine and embody characters and settings, and work together as an ensemble to create original pieces of theatre. This process builds confident speakers, empathetic learners, and effective collaborators. Teachers and administrators in districts throughout New Jersey find GSP’s residencies provide imaginative, differentiated learning instruction for pre-K-12 students that are tailored to meet the curricular goals of the classroom.
Theatre at the Core
This ten-session residency investigates how theatre arts can enhance core curriculum instruction. Whether exploring a unit on poetry, a novel, or the American Revolution, our teaching artists will partner with you to create dynamic learning opportunities for your students.
Developed to deepen students understanding of a particular theme or historical event by creating an original play, the Ensemble Project focuses on collaboration and the unique contributions every student has to offer. Ensemble Projects have focused on such topics as creating an original musical to address school-wide bullying, the Holocaust, the Age of Exploration, and the American Revolution. (Grades PreK-12)
Professional Development Workshops
George Street Playhouse provides professional development workshops for classroom teachers on how to use active strategies to integrate theatre into core curriculum content classrooms. Workshops are designed to build theatrical skills as well as elevate literacy, foster collaboration, and strengthen content knowledge.
Workshops are hands on and are structured to meet the interests and needs of the participating educators. Workshops are available in schools or on-site at George Street Playhouse.
Artist-in-Residence and Professional Development Partners
- Civic League of Greater New Brunswick
- Community Development Institute: Somerset Head Start
- Highland Park Public Schools
- Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools
- New Brunswick Public Schools
- New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association
- Foundation for Educational Administration
- New Jersey School Development Council
- Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education
- Union County Vocational-Technical Schools,
- Wayne Public Schools
Key funding for residency programs provided by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Bloomberg, LLC, PNC Bank Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, The Provident Bank Foundation, and Wells Fargo.
For more information, or to begin designing your own classroom residency or workshop, contact Director of Education (732) 258-7558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org