COVID-19 ADJUSTMENTS: All of our programming will be virtual for the duration of the 2020-2021 school year. We look forward to being able to work with our students in person, but for now, we would love to bring virtual improv to you and your students.
Our signature program is a free 9-week series of improv workshops in Philadelphia classrooms, taught by professional teaching artists and in collaboration with classroom teachers. Our innovative curriculum has been created with the counsel of our partners and is in alignment with PA state standards and both the Philadelphia School District’s Arts and Creativity Framework and “Get Ready, Leave Ready” standards, designed to best prepare students for college and career opportunities beyond high school.
Types of Workshops
Our Signature program is our main offering, and free for Philadelphia public schools. We can offer the same programming or the two alternate programs for a fee for private and charter schools in and around Philadelphia.
All workshops will be taught by one of Unscripted’s professional teaching artists (professional improvisers and improv teachers, trained for classroom settings). Lesson plans will be drawn from our innovative, standards - aligned curriculum.
How to Bring Unscripted to your School
Unscripted will discuss school and / or class needs with relevant administrators and classroom teachers who wish to adopt the program on an introductory call.
Together, Unscripted and the school representative will develop a custom plan for how Unscripted will become a part of your school. We can adapt one of the options above to best suit the needs of your school and students.
Classroom teachers (or school representative) will meet with the teaching artist prior to the first workshop to discuss class needs and introduce/modify lesson plans as needed. We understand that teachers understand their students best, and view them as crucial partners in success.
The teaching artist will run workshops as planned and collect feedback at the end of each session.
Not in Philly? Still interested in Unscripted?
You're not alone! Many folks have been asking us to bring programming to their cities and schools. Let us know where you're from, and we'll roll out our programming to cities with the most interest. If we do expand to your area, you'll receive priority for our programming.
1. What does a typical workshop look like?
The teaching artist will start the workshop with a warm-up activity. Then, we will run through a series of games centering around a specific theme for the week (for example, point of view and perspective). Each activity will be followed by a group reflection and discussion focusing on direct applications to students’ lives. There is an optional showcase at the end of the signature program that we may also prepare for.
2. How much do these workshops cost?
Our signature program is free for all Philadelphia publicly-funded schools. If you don't represent a Philadelphia public school, the program fees will subsidize the cost of our free program and will be on a sliding scale. Please reach out and we can discuss!
3. When will the workshops take place?
We aim for our signature, in-class workshop series to take place in the same class each week for 10 weeks, but we can be flexible. Afterschool and assembly program timings are up to the school.
4. What does the school need to provide?
We ask that schools provide us space to conduct our workshops and that classroom teachers remain in the classroom during the course of the workshop.
5. Who teaches the workshops?
Workshops are taught by professional teaching artists, performers with experience and training in teaching. Teaching artists will also be equipped with social-emotional wellness and trauma training before entering the classroom. They will also have obtained all of the requisite clearances to work in schools.
6. Do you have a set curriculum?
Yes, but we will tailor it to the unique needs of your students. Our innovative curriculum has been created with the counsel of our partners and is in alignment with both the Philadelphia School District’s Arts and Creativity Framework and “Get Ready, Leave Ready” standards, designed to best prepare students for college and career opportunities beyond high school.
7. Do you offer the workshop series outside of schools?
While we primarily offer workshops in schools, we are open to requests from after-school and other community / nonprofit organizations. We encourage you to contact us.