This video for teachers depicts a word wall poetry activity used by the Manhattan Theatre Club with the Stargate Theatre Company. By encouraging students to use descriptive language and imagery based on various word wall themes, each student composes an “I Am Poem” and then shares their work with other students. A handout provides a step-by-step guide for teachers to use the activity in their own classroom, as well as a model of student work that can be shared with their class.
Stargate Theatre: A Defining Act is a documentary film that shares the story of the Stargate Theatre Company, a groundbreaking program that immerses court-involved youth in the theater arts as a mechanism for coping with and overcoming negative factors in their lives. Founded by the prestigious Manhattan Theatre Club, Stargate provides its members with transitional employment, work-readiness training and literacy education in a creative theatrical environment. Told through the voices of the Stargate company members, along with the teaching artists and professionals who lead them, Stargate Theatre: A Defining Act follows these young men from auditions to the final performance of their original play, “Deeper than Skin.”