ACTive Learning Through Drama with Barbara Washer

About ACTive Learning Through Drama with Barbara Washer

Barbara Washer is a Theater Educator/Director and Arts Integration Specialist with almost three decades experience working with students in the classroom and on stage. She holds a BA in Speech Education and an MA and MFA in Theatre; has directed over 60 productions (many original plays created with students and professional artists); and designed arts programs for schools, theaters, and community organizations. She collaborated with classroom teachers, arts specialists and students at Renbrook School and Renbrook Summer Adventure for 23 years, developing curricular and performance opportunities for every child in grade 1-9. At the heart of her work is a passion for providing creative theatre-based opportunities for all students, guiding participants to take responsibility in their own learning process, and supporting the work of teachers and artists.

Barbara has created university courses for Education majors using Drama as a teaching tool across the curriculum, and designed Professional Development workshops for Hartford Public Schools Department of Arts and Wellness, Hartford Stage, Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, Hartford Performs, and AATE’s Theatre in our Schools. Through the Hartford Performs Workshop Leaders Program in partnership with Artists from The Kennedy she also created "Activating Science Concepts through Drama", a workshop for teachers of grades K-8, recently updated and expanded as “ACTivating Science and Literacy Through Drama.” She also participated in the Kennedy Center’s Artists as Educators Seminar, “Planning and Presenting Effective Teacher Workshops.”

Currently Barbara is a Teaching Artist for Hartford Stage, Acting Coach for Windsor PeeWee and Youth Theatre (K-12), Director/Drama Instructor for Windsor Department of Recreation and Leisure Services, and Costume Coordinator for Watkinson School. With Hartford Performs, Barbara has served 26 Hartford Schools in 70+ residencies as well as the Summer Arts Literacy Program, and recently completed the John F. Kennedy Center’s Artists as Educators Seminar “ Mapping the Journey: Planning Effective Residencies for Students”. Barbara’s ACTive Learning Through Drama programs offer a student-centered approach to Arts Integration by combining a proven process for engaging students with flexibility for teachers to collaborate and adapt topics and learning outcomes for their students.

Grade Levels

K , 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8

Art Forms


Curriculum Focuses

Science English Social Studies Math

Program Formats

In-School Short Term Residency


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