School-based Workshops and After-school Programming

Learning In Theatre

Hattiloo Theatres’ Learning In Theater (LIT) is a two-week, in-class, artistic residency focused on bringing African American history and literature to life through theatre. Our Teaching Artists will come directly into your classroom to lead your students in one of six ten-day programs. Each of our curriculums meet and exceed Tennessee State standards for theatre. The final day of the workshop has the students performing or attending a performance with the Teaching Artist.

Our programs are interdisciplinary and multicultural, and each workshop is designed with the classroom teacher to meet the specific curriculum needs of the students, and mirror past learning modules. Our programs are designed as socio-cultural explorations through language, literature, visual art, music, design, and acting. The Teaching Artists use a variety of teaching techniques and exploratory games, all while modeling theater pedagogy for the classroom teacher. Students read, conceptualize, improvise, design, and explore Black theatre and the business of theatre in a variety of ways.

Shelby County and Surrounding Area

10 days

Class Size
20 students maximum in one class with up to 3 classes possible each day of the residency

Workshop Offerings
➢Performance Art: Images and Non-Verbal Communication in Black Culture
➢Musical Revue from Harlem Renaissance
➢Set Design
➢Performance & Acting
➢Performing the Harlem Renaissance

For more information, please contact Lawrence Blackwell at