Signature in the Schools
What is Signature in the Schools?
Signature in the Schools is a theatrical training program unlike any other. The chance to be in a world premiere production, written, directed and staged by professional theater artists, featuring a professional actor. And beyond all of that, it’s the chance to participate in a theatrical conversation about issues that matter: race relations in America, veteran issues, the Arab Spring, immigration. These are just a few of the topics that Signature in the Schools productions have delved into.
Want to audition? Would you rather work backstage? Good news! Any high school student currently enrolled in an Arlington County public high school is eligible to apply for both acting and technical positions. No experience necessary – we’ll teach you on the job!
Auditions will take place on October 12, 2018 at Signature Theatre. Visit Signature in the Schools: For Students for full audition information.
Signature in the Schools: The Play
The centerpiece of the Signature in the Schools program is the production of an original play written by Joe Calarco. The play is specially tailored to the personalities and abilities of the student performers and focuses on themes from Arlington Public Schools social studies’ curriculum.
Students not only make up the cast of the production, but also work as crew, stage managers and occasionally even as co-designers. All students, whether onstage or off, are mentored by professionals and are held to the highest professional standards. Before rehearsals with the completed script begin, all cast and crew go through “Boot Camp,” a process where students engage critically with the historical subject matter of the play and develop strong theatrical and ensemble skills.
A professional actor always joins the student casts onstage as a colleague and mentor. Past actors that have participated in the program include Natascia Diaz, Erin Weaver and Nancy Robinette.
Signature in the Schools: The In-Class Experience
Signature in the Schools performs five student matinees each year. Participating classes receive:
- Individual copies for each student of an in-depth resource guide.
- A free tickets to the performance.
- Free transportation to and from Signature Theatre (Arlington Public Schools only).
Additionally, participating teacher’s may request free workshops by Signature Theatre’s acclaimed Education Department. Workshops in the past have covered a wide variety of topics, including:
- Historical subject matter of the play
- Media literacy
- Basics of theatrical staging
SigWorks in the Schools
Continuing Signature’s ongoing commitment to the rising generations of theater artists, SigWorks in the Schools focuses on burgeoning high school playwrights. Exclusively for Arlington Public Schools high school students, five young writers are chosen to go through a 5-session playwriting course led by a professional playwright, culminating in an evening of staged readings performed by professional actors.
Support for Signature in the Schools is provided by Bonnie and Kenneth Feld, Mike Blank, Andrew A. Isen, The Revada Foundation of the Logan Family, The Clark-Winchcole Foundation, GEICO, The Geary-O’Hara Foundation, MAXIMUS, Northrop Grumman, David S. Shrager Foundation, the Washington Forrest Foundation and Wells Fargo.