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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.

Questions? Contact Education Outreach Director, Amber Hughes at OR

FREE Live Virtual Classes for Spring 2022

The Imaginaries Student Matinee and Post-Show Workshop (New!)

Bring the joy of theatre into your classroom with BACT’s virtual student matinee production of The Imaginaries! Post-show workshops include guided imagination games and a post-show discussion facilitated by a BACT teaching artist!


1. A video of a cast member reading Pocket Guide for Imaginary Friends
2. A professional video recording of The Imaginaries musical to be streamed into your classroom at your convenience
3. A study guide with pre/post-show activities and discussion questions
4. Optional post-show workshop* with a BACT Teaching Artist (SPOTS ARE LIMITED!)
*This 50-minute workshop is for students in grades K-5 who have already viewed the virtual student matinee performance of The Imaginaries. A Bay Area Children’s Theatre Teaching Artist will engage with students to explore themes brought to light in the show. The Teaching Artist will guide students through body, voice, and imagination warm-ups, lead team-building imagination exercises, and teach choreography from the show. The Teaching Artist will also facilitate a post-show discussion to support continued learning through The Imaginaries Study Guide post-show activities!

FREE Educator-Led Programs

Literature to Life! Lesson Plans (New!)

Sessions are led by YOU at your convenience and are approximately 50-60 minutes. Class performances and post-lesson worksheets included!
Poet’s Corner (Grades K-2)
This workshop introduces students to a variety of poetic genres and styles through voice and movement exercises rooted in theatre disciplines from around the world! Students will explore text through team-building and hands-on activities, as well as learn to identify and construct poetry using sound devices, figurative language and current events.

Our Words, Our World (Grades 3-5)
This workshop offers a theatre-based framework for close reading of grade-level text. Students will explore concepts of character and setting through physical, vocal, and imaginative play while collaborating with fellow classmates to bring their current curriculum to life!

Character Analysis: The Actor’s Lens (Grades 6-8)
This workshop challenges students to engage more deeply with their own Language Arts curriculum through a dramaturgical approach. Students will investigate subtext, character motivation and the power of language while building community and synthesizing tools from SEL and STEAM!

Musical Theatre in Schools

Get access to a 55-minute pre-recorded video lesson to be streamed into the classroom at your convenience! 
Grades K-5
BACT’s most popular workshop series is back and here 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!

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