In-School Workshops and Residencies

Half Moon Theatre's experienced Teaching Artists will bring customized, performance-driven workshops and residencies to your school. Aligned with your curriculum and New York State learning standards, our arts-education programs are tailored to meet the needs of your class.  Our goal is to support the work of teachers and students by engaging with works of literature using the same tools that actors and playwrights use.  Half Moon Theatre enriches learning through fun, safe, and time-tested arts education programss. See more about our offerings below.

Note: All programs can be designed to culminate in a performance or presentation for family, friends and schoolmates. Contact us for more information on how we can bring the limelight to your school or organization!

Story Drama

Grades K-5

Using grade-level literature chosen to meet your class curriculum needs, students will engage in developing colorful characters while learning the fundamentals of language, storytelling, and social skill building through dramatic structure and play.


Improv in Action!

Grades K-12

Improvisation is a great tool for students to explore important themes in class while practicing creative problem solving, working collaboratively, and having fun! Teaching artists bring simple, easy-to-use improvisation techniques into your classroom in support of any subject, from the serious to the sublime, that you can use again and again.



Grades 6-12

Build a theatre residency that works for YOU. HMT teaching artists work with classroom teachers on a specific unit or subject to infuse theatre techniques into classroom study. Ideas include: bringing literature to life through drama (ELA), a class play or presentation based on a historical event (Social Studies/Global/US History), or scientific principle (Science), connecting math and the arts (Mathematics) and many more. Ask us how we can tailor a residency program to facilitate your students’ success.


Main Stage Connection

See student matinees for grade level

HMT teaching artists bring theatre workshops into the classroom for several weeks with the foundation of one of our professional Main Stage productions as the focal point. Students explore themes, characters, language, style, and historical / societal context of the show through creative drama activities and writing prompts. The grand finale of the series is a trip to the beautiful Marriott Pavilion on the campus of the Culinary Institute of America to attend the professional HMT production that they have studied. A complete educative experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression on students and teachers for years to come. Learn more here!


Contact Kristy Grimes with inquiries