Shakespeare STEAM - SiD in Schools
Shakespeare in Detroit (SiD) is currently focused on its future audience, students in grades 3 through 12.
The theater company's teaching artists are embedded with students and teachers at three Detroit Public Schools and one non-profit charter school during the 2019-20 academic year. These partners include Boggs School, Clippert Academy, Detroit School of Arts (DSA) and the inaugural class of the new The School at Marygrove.
SiD and educators will collaborate to teach students the Science of lighting a production, the Technology of sound design, the Engineering or construction of a form/costume, the Art of classical performance and the Mathematics of building a set, along with employing tools and curriculum for the development of soft skills such as communication and confidence. In addition, students' literacy competencies will be increased thorugh the exploration of iambic pentameter with improved reading and comprehension abilities and a focus on syntax and modulation. These are all transferable skills that the youth will be able to take with them throughout their primary education experiences and into post-high school academic and professional careers.
This work is done at no cost to the schools and made possible by our sponsors whose generosity pays for the cost of supplies and the expertise of the professional artists working in the schools. Shakespeare's plays, required reading in Southeast Michigan high schools, were meant to be performed not read at a desk, afterall.
Metrics, both qualitative and quantitative, will be presented to stakeholders such as parents, educators and program sponsors at the conclusion of the current school year.