Training & Curriculum
- The Unified Theater Handbook offers 50+ pages of guidance on everything from inclusion etiquette to creating a show from scratch to group management tips. Each student leader and advisor receives a newly updated copy of the Handbook during the Spotlight Summit training.
- Pre-production meetings are held at or just after a school attends a Spotlight Summit. During these meetings, leaders and advisors bring together their best ideas for recruitment, themes, and inclusion in order to piece together a plan for their rehearsals.
- Rehearsal visits are conducted by our affiliate theaters or by UT staff members. Twice during each school's production process, a teaching artist will attend rehearsals and give student leaders feedback. They'll be able to workshop problem areas, help the group create goals for improvement, and offer suggestions to help build a more cohesive show. The first rehearsal visit is usually held as scene writing is wrapping up. The second rehearsal visit happens about 2 weeks before a final performance.
- Spotlight Summits are trainings attended annually by student leaders and advisors. Typically a day-long event, leaders learn about all things UT and go back to their schools ready to lead their productions. Here's a great video to explain what our Spotlight Summits are all about and you can click here for even more information!
- The Spotlight Center is an area of our website made just for advisors and student leaders. Leaders can access group rosters, post questions or other topics for discussion, learn more through files and videos, and communicate with other leaders and advisors across the country.
SERVING STUDENTS OF ALL ABILITIES
Least Restrictive Environment:
Unified Theater productions are entirely inclusive of students with and without disabilities. Students with and without disabilities participate in productions at equal levels with no labeling or separation based on ability. Accommodations are made as needed.
Meeting IEP Goals for students with disabilities:
Teaching and generalizing social skills and other ‘softer’ IEP goals are difficult to do within a classroom. When a student enters a Unified Theater group, many IEP goals are generalized naturally and seamlessly.
Promoting Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS)
Unified Theater productions are written by the students themselves. Often schools will ask the Unified Theater group to create a show around a theme focused on tolerance, respect, community, positive behavior, and kindness. Productions help model positive behaviors and promote a safer, more supportive school community.
Students participating in or leading Unified Theater groups may touch on the Common Core Standards, National Core Arts Standards, and 21st Century Learning skills as they brainstorm, write, rehearse, and perform their original works.
For a full view of how Unified Theater takes learning beyond the classroom, take a look at how our curriculum aligns with Common Core, National Core Arts Standards, and 21st Century Learning standards.