The Orpheum Theatre Group (OTG) is proud to be a Kennedy Center Partners in Education Team, in collaboration with Memphis Shelby County Schools. Through this program, OTG brings Kennedy Center teaching artists to work with teachers across the Mid-South. These arts integration specialists provide educators with the tools and strategies to transform classrooms. 

Arts integration, as defined by the Kennedy Center, is “an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form.” Arts integration learning has shown to increase literacy, raise test scores, and help develop key communication skills. In short, arts integration makes learning fun while creating more enthusiastic, creative, and empathetic students.

Virtual Workshops

Registration is now open for professional learning workshops through Kennedy Center Education’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program! These workshops provide educators with arts learning and arts integration strategies that give students an engaging way to experience active, joyful learning—no matter the classroom setting.


For details about these events and to register, please visit the registration website

Workshops take place virtually. Space in these workshops is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so register today!

Living Tableau: Using the News to Create Theater

For Teachers of Grades 5-8

Led by Taylor St. John, drama teaching artist from Tennessee

Develop your students’ media literacy skills by translating the news into a living tableau. In this workshop, participants will examine the news as their students consume it—through Twitter or TikTok—and become active responders to what they see. Using improvisation and devised theater, participants will build a story that critically examines the way we receive and interpret information in today’s world.

This is a synchronous, two-session workshop; participants must attend both sessions.

DATES: Session 1: Thursday, December 1 from 4:30-6 p.m. EST Session 2: Thursday, December 8 from 4:30-6 p.m. EST

FEE: $20

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