Single Carrot Theatre Educational Programs and Community Partnerships
We believe the arts should be a right, not a privilege. Our work onstage and in the community grows from the conviction that participatory cultural experiences facilitate learning, and artistic expression is civic engagement.
The Moment is Now
Single Carrot Theatre has always aspired to rehearse, perform, build, and learn under one roof. The company’s previous address, at 1727 N. Charles Street, did not have the capacity for simultaneous engagement in these activities. The theatre’s current home at 2600 N. Howard Street does. As the SCT mission indicates, the theatre believes it is critically important to engage the community, and especially young people, through art. A furnished classroom, which has been absent from the theatre’s temporary homes at Load of Fun and on N. Charles Street, has a direct impact on our ability to deliver quality education and community programming to key constituents.
Programs and Projects
Nearly 10,000 young people have participated in education programs offered by SCT. Offerings range from free afterschool literacy enrichment classes to student matinees, in-class visits with actors and artists, and a touring assembly program. Staunchly committed to making the arts accessible, SCT subsidizes ticket prices with its earned and contributed income: no ticket has ever cost more than $29.00, and free tickets are often offered for Project PLASE residents.
Adult Classes and Workshops
SCT offers low-cost courses for community members of all experience levels over the age of 16. Past seasons offerings included Acting at various levels, Physical Theatre, Creating a Solo Performance, Directing, Fundamentals of Design, Puppetry, and Clowning. This season we are proud to feature a playwriting class, taught by veteran playwright Rich Espy.
Weekend Workshops for Kids
Approximately once a month we’re holding weekend workshops for kids at SCT. Seasoned professionals from the company and the community are on board to teach some unique classes and send kids home with a brand new skill. Made possible by an Artists Within grant. Visit the WEEKEND WORKSHOP PAGE for more info on upcoming classes.
Summer 2016 will be the eighth year Single Carrot Theatre offers summer programming for students. It is also our first year offering camps for Elementary and Middle School students, in addition to our High School Conservatory. Taught by Single Carrot’s stellar Educational staff and teaching artists, these programs offer an in-depth, hand on experience in all facets of theatre. Top artists from Baltimore and beyond visit the camps to teach electives in stage combat, playwriting, and voice for the actor. Scholarships are available.
Through Young Audiences of Maryland, SCT artists travel across the state to perform Rumpled!, the company’s original adaptation of Rumplestiltskin, for students in grades K-8. Rumpled! uses humor, voice, movement, and love as access points for exploring darker themes of cheating, lying, and plagiarism. Students have an opportunity to share their thoughts and ask questions during a post-show discussion with the actors.
SCT is in the exploratory phase of developing an additional script for school tours. Topics of interest to the company include bullying, environmental issues, home safety, and civic engagement.
SCT ensemble members have led workshops and discussion series at a number of nearby educational institutions, including Education Based Latino Outreach (EBLO), Baltimore School for the Arts, The Park School, St. Paul’s School, University of Baltimore, Community College of Baltimore, Goucher College, Loyola College of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, and Towson University. Subject matter is tailored to the needs of students and teachers, but has included script analysis, a play’s historical context and present-day relevance, social entrepreneurship, and new play development.
Student matinees are scheduled show-by-show and school-by-school. SCT hopes to institutionalize and expand its student matinee program to enhance the theatre-going experience for students, but secure funding is required to assure actor availability, transportation for participating schools, and subsidized tickets.
Open rehearsals and post-show discussions allow audience members to become more engaged in the theatrical process. Open rehearsals are an opportunity for patrons to observe the dynamics between actors and their director, and to get a closer look at how a fully realized production takes shape. Attendees are given the chance to share feedback with the cast.
Post-show discussions feature artists and designers, and typically address topics relevant to the work onstage as well as the community.
SCT offers teambuilding workshops for employees looking for better ways to work together, bond, and communicate. Workshop participants have included the Greater Homewood Community Corporation and the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools. Company members have also worked with teachers at The Park School on integrating theatre in math and science classrooms.
Past Programs and Partnerships
Walters Art Museum
In partnership with Art on Purpose and My Sister’s Place, Single Carrot Theatre staged “The Odyssey Project” — homeless battered women’s stories, told through the lens of Homer’s Odyssey — at the Walters Art Museum.
Barclay Youth Safe Haven
SCT worked in partnership with the Greater Homewood Community Corporation to share theatre with underserved children every week through our seventh season. Students in grades K-5 at Dallas F. Nicholas Sr. Elementary School spent an hour each week with SCT company members. Special emphasis was placed on developing prosocial behaviors, boosting student self-confidence, literacy, public speaking skills, self-discipline, and peer collaboration.
Pre-K at Play
SCT partnered with Baltimore City Public Schools as a Pre-K at Play program host. Roughly twenty-five preschoolers spent the day at Single Carrot, participating in ensemble-led games and activities that encouraged fun and imagination through storytelling.
Baltimore Museum of Art
SCT was commissioned on several occasions to create and perform original works at the BMA.
Baltimore Crisis Response
SCT made weekly visits over six months to Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc., an emergency facility for persons with severe mental illness. Company members worked with clients to practice verbal and nonverbal communication, as well as crisis management. The National Alliance on Mental Illness partnered with Single Carrot to produce Fight the Stigma, a performance created by professional actors and community members affected by mental illness.
Questions? Want more info? Contact Artistic Director Genevieve de Mahy. You can reach Genevieve by phone at (443-844-9253) or email at email@example.com.