School Time Series Teaching Artist Program

With National Arts in Education Week fast approaching (September 13-19, 2015), we are proud to announce that our School Time Series Teaching Artist Program has been featured in the New York State School Boards Association’s On Board. Arts Common Core from OB 7-20-15 Digital Edition (1)


PAWS 2013


On January 8th we are going to have our 26th annual Performing Arts Workshops for Secondary Students (PAWS) at SUNY Purchase. This year we are hosting about 350 students from 11 High Schools from Westchester and Fairfield County! The students will have a chance to participate in numerous workshop offerings that are normally not taught at their schools. Every student will partake in three workshops based on their preference.

This year for those students interested in DANCE, we offer:

 Jazz Dance, Belly Dance, Irish Step Dance, Modern Dance, Hip Hop, Latin Dance & Choreography

Or take one of these workshops to try out your VOCAL chords:

Jazz Singing, Gospel & Choral Singing for Musical Theatre

Or try your chance at THEATRE:

Yoga for the Actor, Directing, Audition Techniques, Advanced Studio Acting & Stage Combat


There is something for everyone at PAWS to try out and we are excited to see this year’s event succeed like it has for the past 25 years: “PAWS is a celebration of the arts and helps me improve on things I’m passionate about.” “The whole day was one of the best learning experiences I’ve ever had.”

-Exploration leads to passions and we are happy to provide this opportunity to this year’s students once again.

Julius Caesar and the fifth graders

Yesterday was an awesome day here in the office! King Street Elementary asked us to provide professional development and it went great! We had a group of teachers come who are challenging themselves and their students by putting on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar with get this: 5th graders! The students are super excited, some stepping out of their comfort zones and exploring their voices and others channeling their energy into acting! Our very own education coordinator Ian Driver was able to take ideas from the rehearsal room floor of professional actors and adapt them to be used with the students. He knows: Shakespeare doesn’t have to be dry! It can be fun and easy to understand, if taught in the right way! 3 very important aspects to remember about yesterday: Tempo, Weight and Blocking. If explained to students, from the beginning, in a fun interactive way, they ease the production process immensely!

The teachers are doing a tremendous job and we can’t wait to see the final results of the production as well as the development of everyone involved! Good Luck!!

Remember: “We learn more about each other in an hour of play than a year of conversation” Plato.

-Dominique Schwenner AIE assitant