Announcing the next up


 of  "IT'S EASY!"...







Director Christine Lee

Music Teacher


JUNE 26, 2019


Professional Development Workshop

for K-8 Educators

"From Casting to Cast Party"
How To Teach Using Curriculum-Based Plays

Workshop Objectives


Interactive, fun workshop led by January Akselrad, author of “Classroom Teacher As Theater Director,” gives participants the tools and confidence to use curriculum-based plays to teach content and character education while taking students on a language and skill-building journey past Reader’s Theater and into performance!


Acquire the skills and confidence to put on a class play
   from choosing a script, casting, creating theater unit
   ground rules, read-throughs (as close reading),
   memorization techniques (as test practice), fitting in
   rehearsal schedules, adding music, blocking, stagecraft,
   handling nerves, designing playbills, cuing lines, cast
   party (as debriefing and celebration of learning!)

Understanding experiential learning benefits of moving
   past Reader’s Theater into production such as improving
   language fluency, effective listening, confidence, test-
   taking and social skills

How-to create original plays/skits from books and
   curriculum topics, and as a class project

Incorporating character education and life skills during
   theater production



From members of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society In Education... "Great integration of both practical applications and the theories behind them!" "I loved that we took on the role of the students! Participating in the play was awesome." "I really appreciate the knowledge and energy of the presenters. As someone who is uncomfortable with drama, they helped make me comfortable with the topic."

17-year Drama Teacher/Award-winning playwright, composer, director of over 100 curricula and ethics-based plays and musicals / professional performer / Co-Founder See The Wish / Author of "Classroom Teacher as Theater Director"


Award-winning children's author 10 years life skills educator, Co-Founder See The Wish

January Akselrad's step-by-step guide for educators on how to put on a play from casting to cast party is available in our store!

"From Casting To Cast Party" Professional Development Workshop can be presented in depth as a 6-hour professional development day or condensed to 90-120 minutes for an introductory workshop.  Please call or email us for customized details and pricing.

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