For Educators: Arts in Schools

Our Arts in Schools outreach program provides fun, flexible and free arts education to countless Bay Area schools and beyond, with our national programming reaching over 300,000 students!

BACT strives to create safe spaces for ALL students. We believe theatre is a powerful tool that can be used to connect and heal individuals and communities. We weave social emotional learning into the fabric of our curricula and aim to provide programs rooted in trauma-informed, culturally-responsive and anti-racist principles.

If you are affiliated with a Title I school, click here to access all of our workshops and programs at a FREE or reduced rate through our many scholarship opportunities. To educators with the privilege of enrichment funding, we thank you for making BACT’s mission of education outreach possible. 

Live Virtual Classes for Fall 2021

$100 for each 50-minute virtual class. Click here to apply for our many available scholarships.

Literature to Life! Workshops

Workshops are 50 minutes in length and are led by a BACT teaching artist.

Grades K-8

This workshop aligns with California Common Core Standards while encouraging creativity and critical thinking—challenging students to engage more deeply with their own Language Arts curriculum through a combination of acting methodology and traditional academics. Post-workshop activities and class performance included!

Poet’s Corner (Grades K-2)

Our Words, Our World (Grades 3-5)

Character Analysis: The Actor’s Lens (Grades 6-8)

5 Pillars of Creative Thinking Workshops

Workshops are 50 minutes in length and are led by a BACT teaching artist.

Grades K-5

BACT’s 5 Pillars of Creative Thinking Workshops are focused on helping schools meet performing arts and language arts curriculum standards. By offering specialized workshops for grades K-5th taught by a BACT teaching artist and focus on the five core aspects of creative thinking, BACT is providing educators with a flexible and engaging opportunity to supplement any lesson they are teaching. Workshops will support student’s growth in the 5 Pillars of Creative Thinking: collaboration, imagination, storytelling, self-expression, and critical thinking. Choose one or two workshops or register for all five!

Musical Theatre in Schools

Choose between a live 50 minute lesson with a BACT teaching artist or a pre-recorded video lesson that can be streamed into your classroom at your convenience! 

Grades K-5

BACTS’s pre-recorded musical theatre workshops are designed to get your students up and moving! These workshops use theatre, popular Disney songs, and dance to get students excited about collaboration, imagination, creative expression, storytelling, and critical thinking! Educators who are interested in using this curriculum in their classrooms will receive a one hour pre-recorded video lesson, a teacher guide with learning objectives, pre-session activities, and post session activities, printable lyric sheets, and a musical track to keep your class singing and dancing long after your session!

“My students had so much fun using their body movements to tell stories along with the fun song. Thank you so much for providing such fun and engaging programming to get the kids (and the teacher!) moving and laughing.” - 3rd Grade Teacher

FREE Educator-Led Programs

Play On! In Schools Holiday Adventure: The Gingerbread Family (New!)

Sessions are led by YOU at your convenience and are approximately 50-90 minutes per session. 

Grades K-5

This festive and fun holiday audio-musical adventure is designed to spark imagination and creativity in the classroom! In this imaginative theatrical experience, audio tracks will guide your students through an adventure to help Great Grandma Gingerbread find a special home of her own. This program encourages students to be a part of the story by making them a fellow gingerbread person, and asking them to make choices and think creatively to solve problems. You’ll journey through Frosty Fields, Gingerbread Junction, Snow People Village and more! Our user friendly Play On! In Schools website allows you to easily share worksheets and audio tracks with your classroom so that you can use this adventure in synchronous or asynchronous learning environments. 

Educators who are interested in Play On! In Schools will receive an accompanying teacher guide that will provide up to five days of lesson plans, including warm-ups, arts and craft activities, discussion topics, and music and movement exercises for each day! These tools will encourage students to think creatively while being up and active on their feet!

Play On! In Schools: The Ice Cream Factory Fiasco

Sessions are led by YOU at your convenience and are approximately 30-45 minutes per session. 

Grades K-5

BACT’s Play On! In Schools Program is back by popular demand! This audio-musical adventure is designed to spark imagination and creativity! In this imaginative theatrical experience, audio tracks will guide your students through an adventure to save the day, encouraging them to be a part of the story by making them Agent 11, and asking them to make choices and think creatively to solve problems. Our user friendly Play On! In Schools website allows you to easily share worksheets and audio tracks with your classroom so that you can use this adventure in synchronous or asynchronous learning environments. Educators who are interested in PlayOn! In Schools will receive an accompanying teacher guide that will provide up to five days of lesson plans, including warm-ups, arts and craft activities, discussion topics, and music and movement exercises for each day! These tools will encourage students to think creatively while being up and active on their feet!

“I am SO grateful to have been given the gift of The Ice Cream Factory Fiasco. We have been doing one session each Friday (we have completed the first two) and it has been a fantastic way to bring drama back into my classroom. I just wanted to let you know what a true gift it has been.” – 2nd Grade Teacher