Middle & High School Residencies

Theatre, Creativity & Problem-Solving for Teens

"The initial series of workshops at the library has given rise to a dedicated group of teenage thespians who delight in writing their own plays and performing them for family audiences . . . The teens involved could not have progressed to this point without the help of Piti Theatre . . . I could never have guided them by myself to the point of success that they have reached. Working with Piti has melded this widely varied group into a supportive, creative, and productive teen cast." - Candace Cross, Wheeler Memorial Library, Orange

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We believe participation in the performing arts enlarges teenager's repertoire as learners, team members and leaders. We work with teachers and administrators to custom-fit our programs to complement what's happening in the classroom. All residencies are adjustable in length and numbers of participants. Funding has come from schools/PTO's, local cultural council grants, the Mass Cultural Council STARS program, the Community Foundation of Western MA, Mass Humanities and other sources. New England residencies outside of MA are eligible for NEST funds from the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Sample Residencies & Workshops

- Acting/Improvisation
- Clowning/Comic Performance
- Storytelling/Solo Performance
- Playwriting & Screenwriting
- Writing Funny
- Writing the 10 Minute Play

To Bee or Not to Bee

During this residency, elementary school students are incorporated into our internationally acclaimed touring production "To Bee or Not to Bee" as bees, farmhands, and townspeople. Middle and High School students have participated by creating a pollinator exhibition & bee-themed art for the lobby, advocating for pollinator protection, creating bee-friendly habitat in town and on school grounds. This residency can be expanded into a "Bee Week" involving the whole community, opening up the possibility for bee-keeper visits, planting bee gardens, etc. Learn more about "To Bee or Not to Bee" by clicking here.

Where We've Offered Programming:


Brattleboro Area Middle School, VT

Greenfield Middle School, MA


Austine School for the Deaf, Brattleboro, VT

Boston Arts Academy, MA

Mohawk Trail Regional High School, Shelburne, MA


Boston University

Blazing Star Herbal School, Ashfield, MA

Harvard Business School, Cambridge MA

Karen's Dance Studio, Greenfield, MA

Northampton Center for the Arts, MA

New York University Stern School of Management, NYC

UMASS Amherst

Click here for more past venues on our New England Foundation for the Arts Creative Ground Profile