Join a nationwide network of classrooms creating devised theatre with the Route 50 Project! In devised theatre, students collaboratively create new work, using “stimuli” (text, images, music, objects, etc.) as inspiration. The Route 50 Project encourages students to engage in dialogue, both within their own communities and with other high schools across the United States, about social and political topics that are relevant to their lives.

CLASSES ACCEPTED INTO THE ROUTE 50 PROJECT WILL RECEIVE:

  • A unit of twenty lesson plans that will help you create devised theatre in your classroom. All educators accepted to the program must commit to teaching at least five of these lessons and uploading video footage of their students’ work to the Route 50 online platform.
  • Access to bi-weekly Skype sessions with expert facilitators from across the United Kingdom and European Union. Learn best practices for making devised theatre work in your classroom and get all of your questions answered by some of the best practitioners in the world. You’ll also receive personalized feedback from an expert facilitator based on the video footage of your students’ work.
  • Access to the Route 50 message boards where you can communicate with other participating educators. We can also partner your class with another participating high school based on which month you’re planning to start the unit and how many lessons you’re planning to teach. This way, you can use each other’s work as devising stimuli, provide feedback to one another, and even collaborate on exercises. (We can provide guidance on how to maximize your success working together!)
  • One student from your class will travel to New York City for a four-day residential weekend. One of our expert facilitators will choose specific sections of student work from each high school and link them together to create a final performance. During the residential weekend, students will rehearse and stage this final performance off-Broadway.*
  • Script, reference DVD, and facilitator notes for the final performance. All educators accepted to the program must commit to staging the final performance at their high school and hosting a talkback afterwards.

* The Route 50 participation fee of $1,250 covers the cost of accommodations, transportation within New York City, and meals for the selected student. Students must pay for their own travel to and from New York City.

The first Route 50 Project starts in September 2019.