2018 - 2019 Partnership Report:

New Brunswick Public Schools

Theatre Arts Integration Residencies

Across the district, George Street Playhouse theatre arts integration programming impacted:

over 1700 students

in 90 classrooms

with 84 educators

Residency Programs

All George Street Playhouse theatre arts integration programs develop content knowledge, sequencing skills, and expressive language development through ensemble-based theatre practices.

10 sessions over 9 weeks.

73 classrooms

across 5 grades

in 8 schools.

25 sessions over 14 weeks.

funded by

Bank of America Foundation

2 classrooms in Lincoln Annex School, 5th grade.

32 sessions over 22 weeks.

6 classrooms

in Lincoln Annex School, 4th grade.


George Street Playhouse's programming is collaborative by design.

Professional Development

GSP teaching artists and NBPS classroom teachers approached each residency from a co-teaching model:

  • Synthesizing concepts for students
  • Providing critical background knowledge
  • Helping to illuminate connections to core curriculum content

In partnership with the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick, George Street Playhouse provided year-long literacy and STEAM-based theatre arts after-school residencies at Lord Stirling Community School and Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts for over 30 students.

Curricular Areas of Understanding

Students gained critical background knowledge and thematic insights into core curricular content areas such as:


  • Amistad
  • Aparthide
  • Immigration
  • The Oregon Trail
  • Native Americans
  • The American Experience in Protest


  • Earth Formations
  • Water Conservation
  • Evolution and Adaptation
  • Extreme Weather Events
  • Dinosaur Extinction theories


  • Compare and Contrast
  • Point of View
  • Epic Poetry
  • Cause and Effect
  • Sequencing
  • Expressive Language Development


  • Text-to-Self Connections
  • Collaboration
  • Building Empathy
  • Self Awareness / Advocacy
  • Creative Problem Solving

Cross Curricular Understandings


The First Amendment & Figurative Language

Science & ELA

The Earth’s Crust & Cause and Effect


Greek Mythology & the American Government

Science & SS

Native American Myth & Geography / Natural Resources

We are thrilled to share with you this digital report of the scope and impact of GSP residency programming with NBPS during 2018-2019. This website can be navigated through the menu on the left and through links embedded throughout.


Jim Jack

Director of Education and Community Artistic Programming, George Street Playhouse

Dr. Aubrey A. Johnson, Superintendent, NBPS

Keira M. Scussa, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, NBPS

Lee Neamand, Supervisor of Fine, Visual and Performing Arts, NBPS

Jim Jack, Director of Education and Community Artistic Programming, GSP

Photos by Brad Resnick Photography and Angela Peletier