PS 133 is working with a number of community partners to create a rich learning environment for our children. We are also working with our PS 133 families and children to develop opportunities for shared learning, whether through our clubs like our robotics and chess clubs or through learning partnerships like Learning Buddies. The listing below provides a glimpse at the myriad programs and partnerships in which PS 133 participates.
Theatre for a New Audience
A Theatre for a New Audience-trained teaching artist works in partnership with the classroom teachers and in tandem with ELA curriculum to lead dramatic writing, activities, and performance with our 4th and 5th-grade students. Students are introduced to and learn about plot, themes, language, and characters of a play. Our 4th graders participate in TFANA’s New Voices Project, which engages students in their own artistic process as they create and rehearse their own original play which is then performed by professional actors in a staged reading at PS133’s auditorium. In the World Theater Project, our 5th graders are introduced to classical texts (Shakespeare, Wilder, etc), see a play at TFANA’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Fort Greene and then write and act in their own interpretation of it.
Creative Stages NYC
Creative Stages NYC brings their mission improve educational success by using theater arts instruction as a method of personalizing and embodying educational content across the curriculum, to 3rd graders at PS133.
As part of this unique program, inspired by the famous Russian actor Michael Chekhov and developed over many years by Arts Education experts, all 3rd-grade students will study an international folktale, chosen by their teachers. All sessions will be led in the classroom by a team of professional actors and Teaching Artists. Early sessions of the drama program will focus on developing acting and performance vocabulary while introducing the folk tale. Students will work on the acting skills of gesture, pose, and emotional expression while being introduced to the literary idea of archetype characters. Midway through the residency, the students will direct their TA’s, along with another guest artist, in a scene from The Odyssey. This is an opportunity for them to apply their theater skills to the beginning, middle, and end of a rehearsal process. Then they will move into the rehearsal phase of the residency, with students collaborating to learn to move, speak, and make interpretive decisions about their character. The concept of “choral character teams” is used to build ensemble and teamwork; not one student plays a role, but many, in unison. The aim is that, through the use of character development, collaboration, and self-reflection, students will gain important social/emotional skills, and understand multiple perspectives, while learning a content that supports the 3rd-grade curriculum.
Marquis Studios is a 39‐year‐old nonprofit organization providing arts education services to more than 130 New York City public schools. We serve diverse populations. 80% of program participants live at or below the poverty line, and as the Kennedy Center VSA NYC Affiliate organization, more than half of our grant-funded programs serve students with disabilities. We offer a full spectrum of residencies which encourages student exploration of visual arts, theater, music, dance, architecture, circus arts, and puppetry. Our goal is to develop a passion for creative learning in each and every child allowing students to reach their full potential.
Together with the Food Bank of New York, students and families in all grades get to participate in this exciting program to bring healthy foods and eating into the classroom, school and wider community. PS 133 is also one of a number of New York schools that no longer use Styrofoam in the cafeteria (www.SoSnyc.org).