Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

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411 E 7th St
Bloomington, IN 47408
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Workshop Series

Theatrical Teaching in a Digital World

Free Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

January Workshop GraphicCardinal Stage presents a workshop series on Theatrical Teaching. This 3-part series connects the broad values of theater to educational approaches and is designed for primary and secondary educators of ALL disciplines.

Student engagement in the classroom is a perennial challenge for teachers, and this school year the task is so much harder.  Teachers are faced with keeping students actively engaged in socially distanced classrooms or in virtual/distance learning settings. In this unprecedented learning environment every classroom teacher needs ideas that will motivate and excite students.  Theatrical teaching is a set of skills and practices that will help improve engagement and motivate students.

Theatrical teaching brings the values and craft of theater performance to classroom teaching. Enhancing your instruction with these techniques can bring a new perspective to content and student participation. Theatrical teaching enhances lessons, brings fresh dynamics to the classroom and allows students to explore traditional content in exciting new ways. Theatrical teaching creates an environment for academic, social and emotional growth in students of all ages. 

Workshop participants will learn from colleagues in the field who use theatrical techniques and apply theatrical teaching ideas to their own practice. Active engagement, collegiality and peer sharing are at the heart of each session. Participants will leave each session with new ideas and strategies that they can implement in their classroom – whether online or in person.

Our second workshop, with the theme of Collaboration, is on January 30th, 10:30am – 12:00pm EST via Zoom!

Cardinal’s second workshop will share a variety of fun and engaging theater-based activities designed to improve students’ collaboration skills. The process of sharing the stage, listening to your group members and adding to the collective outcome is critical to collaboration. Join with fellow educators in a fun, high energy 90-minute workshop that will inform and engage.


  • This workshop series is free for all educators! Enrollment in all three sessions is encouraged. 
  • Professional Growth Points available. (1.5 hours per workshop)
  • This is an interactive workshop and all attendees will need a computer with a camera and microphone to participate fully.
  • Cardinal Stage will be conducting participant surveys throughout the workshop series to get feedback and measure impact of this program.


Workshop #1, Imagination: October 24, 2020 

Workshop # 2, Collaboration: January 30th, 2021 | 10:30am-12:00pm (Eastern) – Click HERE to register now!

Workshop #3, Investigation:  April 2021


Supported in part by the Innovation & Exploration Fund, a program of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.