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Reading Residency

Reading Residencies activate English Language Arts curriculum through teaching key literacy skills using theater. The curriculum focuses on text evidence within the context of a 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 spring 2021, we will have a Reading Residency available at no cost around a Shakespeare video performance project developed by our Emerging Professional Residents. If you are interested in providing a virtual ‘Shakespearience’ for your middle or high school classrooms, please contact School Programs Coordinator Joshua Pohja at jpohja@milwaukeerep.com.

If you are interested in a live Reading Residency program for the 2021/22 school year, we will release information about future productions in Spring 2021.

Our Reading Residency program is built around a production from Milwaukee Rep’s season. A Teaching Artist explores 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.

In a normal season, the Reading Residency program includes 14-20 in-school sessions with one of our teaching artists, students experience a Rep Immersion Day which includes a matinee performance, lunch and demonstrations led by our production team on how we bring a piece of literature to life on stage. An actor from Milwaukee Rep’s company will also visit your classroom for a 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 Rep stages. All programs work to develop students’ 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 theater)

Because these three areas are based largely in 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 best offer students holistic experiences at Milwaukee Rep and in the classroom that support and enhance existing grade-level curriculum.

While specific standard-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. Whether your students are attending a Student Matinee or participating in a residency experience, 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 2020/21 Reading Residency Program are:

Andrew Douglass Middle School
Audubon Technology and Communication

Bay View High School

Benjamin Franklin School

Cudahy Middle School
Greendale Middle School
James E. Dottke High School

James Fenimore Cooper School

Manitoba K-8 School

Milwaukee Academy of Science

Milwaukee Sign Language School

Rogers Street Academy

Story School

Thurston Woods Campus

Trowbridge School of Great Lakes Studies
University School of Milwaukee
Victory School