One of the hardest parts of the crisis we're facing is giving up the face-to-face connections that mean so much to us. Our Education & Community Engagement team has been working tirelessly to transition our programs to the virtual world and to create new ones that will keep our community engaged, inspired, and united.
Explore ways that you can contribute to the performing arts in our community through the safety and comfort of your own home.
We know it’s been a difficult year and that we are all carrying a lot. That’s why the Orpheum Theatre Group is proud to offer a way to find some inner peace with the guidance of Nak Jently’s “Lean Back: Mindful Moment” Series.
Mindfulness is a tool that we use firsthand here at the Orpheum in many of our programs, including Mending Hearts — our summer day camp for young people who have experienced the death of one or both of their parents. The benefits of this practice can aid all of us and we are excited to share this out to you.
Each Wednesday for the next 10 weeks, as a way to engage with our community, we invite you to join us on our social channels for a mid-week mindful moment to help center, re-focus, and ground yourself. We may be in separate spaces, but we are excited to be present with you each Wednesday through this free engagement offering. We look forward to leaning back to find some peace with all of you!
Online learning can be challenging. With students having so much screen time it can be hard to engage them fully through the long school day. These quick guided theatre exercises can be used to recharge students’ bodies, voices, and imaginations. Whether to jump start a class period or infuse a brain break into the learning process, theatre games and warm-up activities can springboard engagement, joy, and collaboration with your students; creating an optimal environment for learning.
If you'd like to bring an interactive experience to your virtual or physical classroom, explore our new customizable field trips.
In an effort to share stories and create art during this challenging time, our teaching artists will introduce prompts each week as inspiration to exercise your creativity and build community through social media.
Each prompt will center on IMPACT, the theme currently being explored in one of our ACTs of Engagement programs, Listen Up!. Each Tuesday at noon, a teaching artist will provide a creative challenge to explore an art form using the impact you see in your community, neighborhood, and home as the jumping off point.
The video prompts will be introduced on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube every Tuesday at noon. Keep an eye on our social media to see videos that have been shared with us inspired by the prompt!
Check out interviews with alumni of the Orpheum's education and community programs. Follow their journeys from Memphis to their careers in the performing arts around the country.
We'll hear about their experiences after leaving high school, what steps it took to get that first job, advice for the time between gigs, and life lessons from their array of experiences.
We may not be able to see one another in person, but our education and community programs are finding new ways to thrive online. Here's a quick snapshot of the exciting ways our students and educators are continuing to connect virtually.
Camp SAY Across the USA: Memphis is a free two-day camp helping young people who stutter develop self-confidence, improve communication skills, and build community. Though the spring session had to be postponed, we were still able to bring campers and teaching artists together for a virtual hang in collaboration with the Stuttering Association for the Young. Both in real life and online, our campers know their voices matter!
The purpose of the Orpheum STAR Council (Students Take A Role) is to provide students the opportunity to volunteer and gain knowledge of the Orpheum Theatre and the Halloran Centre. Though they can't volunteer at public events for now, our STAR Council community is stronger than ever and will continue to learn the ins and outs of the industry while helping with new virtual programs like In Their Shoes.
To stay connected with our education and community engagement initiatives and share your own talents and creativity, join our Orpheum Students & Families Facebook group.
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We can't wait to enjoy the art you create and share some amazing stories with you as well!