School Program Examples

Not sure where to start? Here are potential structures and real examples of previous visits to schools around Maine, plus a peek at some sample lesson plans created by STAGES Education Staff.

Examples of School Visit Structures

  • One-Time Visit
    For example… STAGES Teaching Artists lead a one-hour workshop on shadow puppetry with each 4th grade classroom (Pond Cove Arts Day, Cape Elizabeth).
  • Week-Long Residency
    For example… STAGES Teaching Artists spend a total of 5 hours (one hour per day for 1 week) with each grade-level classroom leading a series of classes on Character Point of View in Fairytales (Longfellow School, Portland) or adapting Fairytales into Short Plays (Mabel I. Wilson School, Cumberland).
  • Month-Long Residency
    For example… STAGES Teaching Artists spend a total of 10 hours (two hours per week for 5 weeks) with each grade-level classroom leading a series of classes on American Historical Figures Through Drama (Coastal Ridge Elementary School, York).
  • Semester-Long Residency
    For example… STAGES Teaching Artists work with your school community over the course of a semester (during after-school/enrichment hours) to cast, rehearse, and produce a play or musical theater production (Breakwater School, Portland).
  • Year-Long Residency
    For example… STAGES Teaching Artists spend one hour a week for the school year (total of app. 30hrs) with pre-K students leading a series of short classes about music terminology, the orchestra, and Music Around the World (Ocean House Child Development Center, Cape Elizabeth).

Sample Lesson Plans

Click below to download samples of Second Grade Lesson Plans!


“Being in productions with kids who were older than me exposed me to a sense of artistic community that I never saw at school or at home.”

Owen Doane, STAGES Alum

“Theater/STAGES was a critical part of my children’s development. Educators talk of the importance of sports and ‘teamwork.’ My non-athletic kids learned that through theater. They both appreciate the importance of expression through the arts….they are better people for it!”

Liz Freeman, STAGES Parent