Education 

About BAM Education

BAM Education ignites imagination and ideas, helping you connect education and creativity in your classroom and curriculum. Every world-class performance and film screening we offer is given invaluable context through:

1. Pre-show workshops with our inspiring teaching artists
2. Comprehensive, standards-based teacher study guides
3. Engaging student study guides (for select shows and films)
4. Interactive post show Q&A sessions with artists and others with expertise about the show or film
5. In-class post-show workshops (for select shows and films)

Your class is guaranteed a truly memorable experience with every visit to BAM. Whether it’s a post-performance dialogue with actors such as Patrick Stewart, John Hurt, Geoffrey Rush, or Cate Blanchett, or a post-screening discussion with filmmakers or participants in historical events such as Freedom Riders or Holocaust survivors, your students will walk away with their eyes opened, their assumptions challenged, and their imaginations alight with possibility.

You and your fellow educators can also take advantage of our rewarding professional development programs. Discover creative, functional ways to incorporate standards-based artistic methods into your teaching style, with every workshop tailored to meet your specific curricular goals.

BAM Education programs are flexible to your needs, and incorporate the Common Core Learning Standards, New York State Learning Standards, New York City Performance Standards in English Language Arts, and the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.

“It was an amazing opportunity for my students. They all were extremely moved by the show and learned a lot from the generosity of the actors during the talkback.” —High School Educator, after a school-time performance of The Laramie Project

“Our teachers are overworked and it is very difficult for them to incorporate such programs into the kids' school day, so it was a real treat for our kids.” —Elementary School Educator, responding to a school-time performance of Theatre Tout A Trac’s Alice in Wonderland

“I was on the edge of my seat the whole time with my ears wide open and the hairs standing on the back of my neck.” —10th Grade Student on seeing Poetry 2013: Expression in the Right Direction

1. Pre-show workshops
Before every school-time performance or screening, one of BAM’s high-caliber teaching artists will visit your classroom to provide a contextualizing workshop. Through group discussions, theater games, writing exercises, and more, your students will gain invaluable background information about the production or film to deepen their understanding and experience of the material.

2. Teacher study guides
Our teacher study guides make standards-based curricular connections readily available for every production and screening, providing specially-tailored teaching that minimalizes lesson-planning time with maximal educational impact.

Sample Study Guides:

Red Hot + Cuba
Grades: 9—12
Genre: Music

Salaam Dunk
Grades: 9—12
Genre: Film

3. Student study guides
Students are challenged to think deeply and critically about their upcoming BAM performance or screening—the cultural context, historical events, and social/political issues related to this particular work of art.

Sample guides:

The Laramie Project
Grades: 9—12
Genre: Theater

All That Fall
Grades: 9—12
Genre: Theater

4. Post-show and post-screening Q&A sessions
Immediately following every performance and film, BAM Education provides a live Q&A session in the theater, featuring a special guest (varies by event). Past guests have included film directors, cast members, experts in specific subject matter areas, and related artists. Q&A sessions are facilitated by a moderator and provide students with the opportunity to offer feedback and have their questions answered.

5. Post-show workshops
For select productions, BAM develops a post-show workshop. Teaching artists return to the school to provide a wrap-up session inspired by the performance or film. These participatory sessions continue the conversation, allowing students space to interpret and more deeply understand the work. Previous productions with post-show workshops have included The Laramie Project and Poetry 2013: Expression in the Right Direction, the latest in BAM’s ever-popular yearly series of spoken word showcases.