An In-Depth Arts Experience

Each year, Syracuse Stage partners with local schools to give students a uniquely in-depth arts experience. Through a multi-arts cross-curricular lens, students explore themes and topics within our mainstage season. Teachers work hand-in-hand with our staff to design an integrated curriculum tailored to their particular goals. To find out how your class can get involved, please contact Lauren Unbekant at 315-443-1150 or

2014-2015 Season: Sound Sculptures

For the 2014/15 artsEMERGING project, participating high school students designed and created sound sculptures to be experienced during their presentation in May 2015 at the Sutton Pavilion, Syracuse Stage. Sound for the sculpture pieces were created with the students by local musician and sound designer, Emmett VanSlyke. Visitors to the presentation were led between the sculptures over a trail of black-out poetry.



2013-2014 Season


Created by the Students of Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Fowler High School, Henninger High School and Nottingham High School. Students from each school produced short films that were presented at Syracuse Stage during a premiere viewing and reception at 7 p.m. May 20th. The screening was free and open to the public. Groups were teamed up with professional artists and filmmakers through Syracuse Stage’s artsEmerging series to plan, develop, write and record their own stop-animation films based on the theme of “metaphor and memory.”

From January to May, the students worked with local artist and designer Brenna Merritt to develop miniature set designs around written narrations students authored in class. This art project was inspired by Syracuse Stage’s production, The Glass Menagerie, which students were able to watch as a special matinee viewing of as part of the project.

Then the filming began! Students worked with filmmakers Gregory Grano and Sarah Sellman, New York University film graduates and current Syracuse residents. Sellman and Grano are known for their documentary film, American Bear: An Adventure in the Kindness of Strangers, and their local work with the Syracuse Stage education outreach program.

Film Screening Photo Album

Video Trailer

2012-2013 Season


This season’s play Good People explores complex social questions about class, luck, and cultural identity. This year the Arts Emerging program will create a short documentary film exploring similar themes and commonalities between students of Nottingham, Fowler, Fayetteville-Manlius and the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central. The film will be shown at a screening May 22, 2013 at Syracuse Stage. Visiting artists Jeff Nelson a CBS affiliate news anchor, and Sarah Sellman NYU film graduate and Syracuse Filmfest coordinator will engage students and have them develop a successful journalistic style interview and discussion in each school. We will film this discussion and utilize student written questions that will be used as a common basis for exploring the issues of social expectation and common ground that exists for high school students of different backgrounds. In addition to participating in discussions and interviews, students will also partake in a film workshop and be given the opportunity to take home video camera equipment to generate additional content. The culmination will be a viewing of the edited documentary piece at Syracuse Stage.

2011-2012 Season


In connection with Tony Kushner's musical Caroline, or Change three Syracuse City Public Schools participated in the Urban Music Video Project. Incorporating social topics from the 1960's that appear in the play, local musicians Brenna Merritt and Jeff Nelson worked with students from Fowler High School, Nottingham High School and the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central to create three separate musical compositions focusing on the idea of change. Using mash ups from popular music as a back drop, and deploying a mobile recording studio into each school, the students wrote and performed lyrical compositions exploring themes prevalent in Kushner's work as it pertained to their experiences.  In addition to creating the musical pieces using the student's original writing, the students also created videos that coincided with the project.  The pieces were jointly edited and shown at a viewing in May of 2012.

2010-2011 Season


In September of 2010, Syracuse Stage presented a special production of No Child by Nilaja Sun. This one woman play explored the struggles and celebrated the miracles of America's public schools.  Capitalizing on the theme of urban school community, Syracuse Stage brought an innovative, collaborative educational program to the Syracuse City school district.

Syracuse Stage's Education Department worked with Syracuse City High School students from Nottingham and Fowler to create a cast of characters that represented their own school. With guidance from teaching artists, high school students created a piece entitled PERCEPTIONS and performed it at a Syracuse Stage community event.

2009-2010 Season


In the 2009-2010 Season, students in the Syracuse City School District will explore the family dynamic, specifically the relationships between fathers and sons, in the Syracuse Stage productions of Fences and The Price. Through a multi-arts and curricular lens, students will research, write, and engage in role play to explore how the patchwork of family history impacts who we are and the decisions we make. View the student performances.

2008-2009 Season


Nearly 1,800 students explored the untold stories that affect our lives. Using plays from Syracuse Stage's 2008-2009 season as a catalyst, students read, researched, wrote and performed their personal stories in order to learn about themselves and each other by uncovering the secret stories within. Select students created a visual art component: fused glass installations that were proudly displayed in the Sutton Pavilion at Syracuse Stage throughout the run of Crowns, May 15-June 7.

2007-2008 Season


In 2008, students in the Syracuse City School District explored identity, language and conflict resolution in the play The Bomb-itty of Errors. A select group of students at Nottingham High School explored identity through 2-D and 3-D graffiti art projects that were proudly displayed in the Coyne Lobby at Syracuse Stage throughout the run of The Bomb-itty of Errors.


Lauren Unbekant
Director of Educational Outreach
(315) 443-1150



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