Project Discovery is Dallas Theater Center’s flagship education program that welcomes middle and high school students to experience a season of plays at the theater, supported by teacher development, pre-show student workshops, and post-show conversations. Dallas Theater Center created Project Discovery in 1986 to build bridges between our theatrical programming and the educational work being taught in our local schools. Each year, Dallas Theater Center extends an application to local schools and selects local middle and high schools to participate in a season-long experience on scholarship.
Project Discovery Applications are closed for the 2023-2024 school year. Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will be open in March 2024.
Participating schools will attend four in-person engagements; each moment of engagement consists of the following elements:
– Teachers engage in a professional development workshop taught by Dallas Theater Center education staff prior to their student’s educational experience. During the workshop, teachers are provided a study guide that they can use to prepare their students with prior to attending the performance.
– Prior to the show, students engage in a workshop for each play, allowing students to engage in activities rooted in inclusive interaction and creative collaboration in order to explore the art form they will see onstage.
– Students are then invited to attend the performance and, after attending the show, they’ll engage in a Stay Late experience with a member of the performance.
– Finally, teachers are encouraged to continue the discussion and learning in their own virtual classroom with questions and skill building activities provided by Dallas Theater Center.