Virtual Engagement

Over the last year, our Education & Community Engagement team has worked to bring some of our programs to the virtual world and 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.

High School Musical Theatre Awards


After weeks of rehearsals, coaching, and filming, we're thrilled to share our 2021 virtual Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards celebration with you!

In addition to honoring the hard work and dedication of students and educators across all of the Mid-South, we'll present the following awards:

• Outstanding Lead Actor
• Outstanding Lead Actress
• Spirit of the HSMTA Awards (the Jalen Award)
• Inspiring Teacher Award

Read the virtual Marquee program now!

Watch the virtual HSMTAs premiere above, or on Facebook and YouTube. Thank you for celebrating with us!

Watch on Facebook     Watch on YouTube

Lean Back: Mindful Moment


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.


Arts Recharge

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.


Creative Challenge: Digital Edition


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!

In Their Shoes


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.

Get Involved

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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