ECU School of Theatre and Dance strives to actively work with the community to share drama through these community outreach initiatives:
After School Arts Program
Involving several area schools on a weekly basis, theatre and dance education students work together to plan and implement lessons which reflect the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and may include such experiences as storybook theatre, creative dramatics, integrated arts, movement, rhythm, and dance.
Friends of Theatre and Dance
Our Friends organization helps raise funds for merit scholarships for students of the ECU School of Theatre and Dance. Become a member today!
This program combines talents of students from across all theatre art disciplines and teaches younger audience members the enjoyment of the performing arts along with the excitement of books and reading.
Summer Drama Camp
The ECU Summer Drama Camp for youth ages 5-10, 11-13, and 14-18 is a fun-filled experience in theatre including acting, improvisation, movement, performance and audition techniques for high school students, improvisation, performance, scriptwriting for middle school and integrated arts, puppetry, mask making, creative dramatics and storybook theatre for elementary school students. Emphasis is placed on the PROCESS of growth and discovery through theatre arts activities, culminating in a Final Share Showcase to be held on the final morning of camp.
Young Playwrights Project
The Young Playwrights Project, through the support of by a leadership grant provided by BB & T, provides selected elementary, middle and high school classes with opportunities to develop playwriting and theatre arts skills while working with School of Theatre and Dance faculty and students in the classroom. "Spark and Flame," "Lighted Torch" and "Firelight" titles of the initiatives providing for the continued outreach to schools in arts education, have allowed students from surrounding schools including Beaufort Ed Tech High School and John Cotton Tayloe Elementary School in Beaufort County, Belvoir Elementary School, Ayden- Grifton High School, and Farmville Middle School in Pitt County to work with not only School of Theatre and Dance faculty and staff, but guest artists/authors as well. Over 700 students have benefited from presentations made by guest children's books authors and artists and approximately 100 students have strengthened literacy, playwriting, theatre arts, leadership and presentation skills through the class sessions delivered by SoTD faculty and students.