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Reading Residency

Reading Residencies activate the English Language Arts curriculum through teaching key literacy skills using theater. The curriculum focuses on text evidence within the context of a Milwaukee Rep production. Students learn about theater, social-emotional skills, and how to analyze text with a theatrical lens.

Due to COVID-19, Reading Residencies will be offered through an asynchronous Google Classroom experience in Fall 2021. We will return to in-person opportunities in Spring 2022. Our Fall 2021 Reading Residency is available at no cost around CAESAR, a video adaptation developed by our Emerging Professional Residents. If you are interested in any of our Reading Residency programs for the 2021/22 school year, please contact Education Coordinator Joshua Pohja at jpohja@milwaukeerep.com.

Each Reading Residency program is built around a production from Milwaukee Rep’s season. Students explore reading comprehension skills such as summarizing, predicting, text analysis, character development, plot structure, visualization, and making connections to historical and literary themes. The residency has consistently yielded positive increases in text evidence, social-emotional skills, and theater participation.

The in-person Reading Residency program includes 14 in-school sessions with one of our teaching artists. Residencies include 1) our Rep Immersion Day: a matinee including performance, lunch, and behind-the-scenes demonstrations about how we bring a piece of literature to life on stage. 2) a visit from an actor in the show comes to your classroom for a post-show workshop.

>> Reading Residency Final Report

Rep Education Program Standards

Rep Education programs are designed to engage students in meaningful experiences that explore interdisciplinary topics and concepts connected to the art seen on Milwaukee Rep stages. All programs work to develop student’s skills in three primary areas:

  • Reading Comprehension (e.g. text evidence, reading enjoyment)
  • Social-Emotional Learning (e.g. relationship skills, social awareness)
  • Theater Participation (e.g. understanding of and involvement in the theater)

Because these three areas are based largely on English Language Arts and theater, Rep Education program objectives and measures are aligned to both Common Core, National Arts standards, and Wisconsin Model Academic Standards. This allows us to offer students holistic experiences at Milwaukee Rep and in the classroom by supporting the existing grade-level curriculum.

While specific standards-aligned objectives vary from program to program, Rep Education is happy to work with you to determine how our programming can best support your curriculum. Our arts integration can be applied across grade levels and subjects, including (but not limited to):

  • Social Studies (history, geography, political science and civics, behavioral sciences)
  • Math
  • Early Learning
  • Music
  • Art and Design

Reading Residency School Partners

Our school partners for the 2021/22 Reading Residency Program are:
Andrew S. Douglas Middle School

Bay View High School

Benjamin Franklin School

Bruce Guadalupe Middle School

Carson Academy of Science

James E. Dottke High School

Manitoba K-8 School

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School

Rogers Street Academy

Story School

Thurston Woods Public School

Trowbridge School of Great Lakes Studies

Woodlands School (State Street & Bluemound Campuses)