Sacramento Theatre Company’s School Partnership Program (SPP) provides schools across the greater Sacramento area immersive after school theatre programming, theatre arts integration classroom residencies as well as professional development for teachers on theatre arts integration. Originally created in 2011 with the goal of providing outreach to culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse students with limited access to the arts, SPP has reached thousands of children in elementary, middle and high schools across the region. SPP delivers an experience unlike any other, giving students the access to high quality theatre instruction from professional theatre artists. Drama education offerings include, but are not limited to, college and career readiness, 21st century skills, Common Core ELA curricula, STEAM, parent-community involvement, youth development, social-emotional learning, healthy living, community advisories, and mentoring.
Each program is individually tailored to the educational needs of the school site. Each school is assessed and a specific program is developed led by Sacramento Theatre Company’s School Partnership Program Manager, Franchesca Sonoyama, M Ed. Franchesca joined STC in the fall of 2015 and continues to develop the program and strengthen relationships with school sites.
“STC’s partnership with Einstein Middle School has been nothing short of a miracle. Over the last three years, students’ understanding of Gogol, Dickens, and Shakespeare has been deepened by studying these authors not just in class, but on the stage. This year’s productions of A Christmas Carol and Much Ado About Nothing gave fifty-plus students a spot on the stage and an extended school day, but it made these works living texts for the whole school as students saw their peers perform. The partnership also brought favorable publicity for the school when Fox 40 did a feature on our Much Ado About Nothing on their nightly newscast. The dedication of STC, providing a director in residence with additional support for costumes and lighting plots, makes them the very best of partners after school service providers.” -Michael Holt, Assistant Principal
SPP Program Manager, Joanna Johnson
Joanna Johnson has an education background, having taught preschool for 10 years. She is excited to be able to marry her love of theatre and teaching. Joanna has been seen in productions across Sacramento over the past several years. She is excited to be able to bring theatre education and appreciation the schools in the Sacramento area and help inspire students to be their creative best.
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“Working with STC has changed our program for the better. We now have more students engaged after school. Everyone wants to audition next year.” – Pauline Posada, ASES Program Manager, California Middle School