Producing theater to inspire empathy and provoke conversations in response to the complexities of our culture.
Rattlestick’s arts education program,‘Stick Studies is aimed at connecting groups of NYC high school students with one or more shows in our Mainstage Season. In 2016-17, Rattlestick began a partnership with The Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN), a foundation established by Ann Tisch to support programs that empower students to break the cycle of poverty through education. YWLN supports a network of five 6th-12th grade all-girls secondary schools in NYC.
Last season, we worked with the senior classes from the Brooklyn and East Harlem schools. Students studied the cultural context of Dael Orlandersmith’s Until the Flood and Mashuq Deen’s Draw the Circle. As they did last season, our teaching artists worked with the students by addressing all five NYC DOE Blueprint Standards in the Arts, before the students attended a dedicated student matinee for both performances. Students had the opportunity to participate in facilitated post-performance conversations with the artists. There was another in-class session after the matinee, which involved writing prompts and the option to perform original student-created work. This program served 200 students (100 from each school) in February 2018.