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MISSION & VISION:
Founded in 1999 in NewYork City, and in 1989 in Los Angeles, the Children’s Theatre Company is a
non-profit 501(C)(3) educational theater organization and publisher of over 15 original musicals designed to complement an ethical and social studies curriculum for young audiences. “Building
Character Onstage”, the Company fosters the belief that, through the arts, young people can be agents of
healing in the world. Committed to character and ethical development, CTC is rooted in the belief that through the incomparable magic of theater combined with
a robust ethical education curriculum, children and youth can indeed become the voices of positive change.
CTC promotes theater as a tool for active and analytical learning (rather
than prescribed and passive), and is centered on a pedagogical and community development approach which emphasizes a culture of inclusivity and service through
ASSET-BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (ABCD):
CTC’s Asset-Based Community Development
program (ABCD) considers local assets as the
primary building blocks of a sustainable community
development. Building on the skills of local residents,
artists, the support of local associations, the
ABCD approach draws upon existing community
strengths to build a stronger and more sustainable
community. As such, CTC provides comprehensive onsite and off-site training, curriculum and a comprehensive community development kit, along with its critically acclaimed catalogue of musicals- for use by theater practioners, local artists and community builders.
Based on the ABCD approach, Children’s Theatre Company
Headquarters and Flagship Chapter in New York
City partners with various like-minded organizations,
such as the the Interfaith
Council, UNICEF, the Baha'i International Community and
other NGOs to form strong alliances that will support
its ethical and citizenship education program.
CTC has numerous public school theater-residencies, over nine Chapters nationwide-
serving over 4000 students. The Company provides its award-winning musical-theater-catalogue to
community-based organizations, in both the US and abroad.
The Children's Theatre Company has appeared annually at the United
Nations for Heads of State and presented alongside Nelson Mandela for UNICEF. Recent television appearances
include Sesame Street, Good Morning America, the Verizon Literacy Awards with James Earl Jones, NBC’s Today
Show, PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Recent Film Credits: Oscar Winning Film, “Precious”. [Read More]
PROCESS, PROGRAM, PEDAGOGY, PRACTICE
exists to create, adapt and present professionally written musical theater works that explore socially relevant and challenging issues
which face youth and children in a global community. CTC’s process involves perceiving and interpreting
the significance of current events in light of an appropriate
historical perspective- and in parallel with Learning Standards in Social Studies and Language Arts Curriculum, finding an artistic expression of
that perspective through a multi-disciplinary approach utilizing
drama, dance, music and art. Forming a common vision of a desirable
collaborative presentation based on shared values and principles, and
articulating this in a way that inspires and challenges the work both artistically and intrinsically.
Four age groups (5-19 years old)
participate in full theatrical productions produced and performed for the general public. Experiential learning
through the incomparable magic of theatre allows each production team to develop a keen sense
of citizenship alongside their artistic achievements. CTC promotes theater as a tool for active and analytical
learning (rather than prescribed and passive). By exploring socially relevant and challenging issues which
face a global community, a CTC theater residency allows children and youth to develop their interpersonal
and critical thinking skills, while considering the world which they will someday inherit. CTC’s process
involves perceiving and interpreting the significance of current events in light of an appropriate historical
perspective- and Ynding an artistic expression of that perspective.
THE MISSING LINK: Elevate, Educate and Stimulate
CTC has successfully integrated its ethical-education theater residencies with the State Learning Standards
for Social Studies and Language Arts. Placing the SEVEN C's at the center of learning, CTC theater-residencies
are designed to fill the gap in academic education through: Character building, Collaboration,
Creativity, Community Service, Current Affairs, Critical thinking and Citizenship. By combining CTC’s
unique musical-theater catalogue with a multi-disciplinary theater-arts program that includes a robust
ethical education curriculum, a CTC residency creates a culture of inclusivity, learning, service and social
action through arts.
||Artists encourage an inclusive
approach that nurtures not only confident, creative and
caring performers but views the inherent nobility of children.
||Artists encourage the capacity of all children, regardless of beginner, intermediate or advanced.
||Encourage young performers to share
the stage with their peers rather than to claim it for themselves.
||Parents are not incidental but integral to the growth and development of children and artists.
||Audiences are not bystanders but
stakeholders in the “village” that raises the
Practice: Diversity & Inclusion
||Place the art at the heart
and the child at the center of the theatre
||Create theatre which will stimulate
and liberate the imagination, the intellect and spirit
||Reflect, celebrate and
explore the richness of the diverse society in which we live
||Provide a context in which the
processes of making theatre can be explored, tested and developed
||Promote theatre as a necessary
part of the learning process for all young people
||Allow a young person to engage
with a wide variety of contemporary cultural, social, moral
and spiritual concerns
||Show the possibility of positive
social change- beginning with reflection upon action and
action upon reflection
||Bear witness to events
on the world’s stage and deal with universal themes