Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

School Programs & Workshops

A theatre education experience is about so much more than seeing a performance.

Contact us to find out how educational programming can enhance your existing curriculum and provide meaningful interpersonal skills for your students.

Teachers and students rave about the education programs at MCT:

"Thank you once again for helping me throughout this process. I appreciate it so much and this experience gave me much more confidence in my writing." --2014 YPF Playwriting Residency participant

"All one has to do is spend an afternoon with a child to understand that they each have their own story and a deep desire to tell it.  To have such a powerful platform to allow their voices to be heard is deeply moving and cherished for the special gift that it is." --Partner classroom teacher

"Gee, apart from fun, I learned a little more about myself." --2014 YPF Playwriting Residency participant

"Teaches you discipline.  Develops your creativity.  Exciting." --2014 YPF Playwriting Residency participant


Service Provided

Goal for participants

Playwrights Festival Playwriting Residency

A series of four workshops guiding high-school age students through the writing of a one-act play to be submitted to MCT's annual YPF Playwriting Competition.

Connected to Creative Writing curriculum for most high school English teachers, this series of classes encourages students to celebrate their "adolescent voice" in creating short plays.  Curriculum encourages a deeper understanding of the core elements of a well-made play and expressing story through dialogue.  Pieces completed and submitted to the YPF Playwriting Competition are read and evaluated by theatre professionals, and ten are chosen as Distinguished Plays of that year.  See our dedicated Young Playwrights Festival page for more information.

Basic Acting

5-10 interactive workshops for 4th-12th grade


$65/class period

Designed to encourage even the most reticent student to explore community effort and personal control, these introductory acting classes teach important life skills through interactive play.  This curriculum has been utilized in a variety of classroom settings, including those serving students with special needs of a physical or behavioral nature.

Pre- or post-show Workshops

Designed to enrich the experience of high school audience members seeing a production at our theatre


FREE Workshop


$10 student tickets to our matinees are available


Knowing that students will have a much deeper experience seeing a professional production if properly prepared, this workshop features curriculum specific to whatever show the students attend.  That means that teachers can expect a new experience for their students each time they choose to bring them to a play.  Exploration of design drawings and models, writing, and interactive games are frequently included.