Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
1) What different grade levels do your shows target?
IlluminArt has a variety of shows that tackle many of the important issues impacting school-aged children. Peace Up! is recommended for grades 2-5. What Goes Around accommodates students in grades 6 and up. Occasionally, a school feels their 5th graders are mature enough to see What Goes Around. Both Peace Up! and What Goes Around contain themes relating to bullying and violence prevention. Truth In Excess is for grades 6 and older as it tackles the physical, emotional and social harms of alcohol. There are 2 different versions for middle and high school.
2) What is the average length of IlluminArt’s performances?
Performance lengths vary, based on the choice of play. Peace Up! and What Goes Around run approximately 50 – 55 minutes. Truth In Excess runs approximately 45 minutes. At the conclusion of each performance, we like to allot 20 to 30 minutes for students to ask questions, provide feedback and share experiences with our actors.
3) How can you best accommodate multiple grade levels in your performances?
While smaller, more intimate audiences (under 200) offer a more thoughtful discussion experience, IlluminArt can perform any show for an audience compiled of multiple grades set within our recommended guidelines. For example, Peace Up is a very different show for grade 2 and grade 5 so we would not combine those 2 grades. The discussion about What Goes Around is different for 6th graders and 8th graders. When available, IlluminArt may also be able to provide schools the option of back-to-back performances (in the same day or consecutive dates) for select grades.
4) Do we need to have an auditorium for a performance?
We know that all schools do not have auditoriums. We can perform in all-purpose rooms like cafetoriums and gyms with stages.
5) What kind of set up does the school need to provide?
All we require is 10 folding chairs on stage or performance space, stage lights on, and a podium for the moderator.
6) Who should be present during an IlluminArt performance?
The topics presented in IlluminArt’s plays are constructed to promote education, self-awareness and begin a dialogue both within the schools where we perform and for the students as individuals. Occasionally, a student might need assistance during a performance. We highly recommend that each school have at least one member of their support staff (i.e. guidance counselor, social worker, school psychologist) present during performances.
7) What is the cost to have IlluminArt perform at my school?
FREE for a limited time! We currently have a grant funding a limited number of performances throughout Staten Island from Senator Andrew Lanza. Without this funding, a single performance costs $850.00. Once we have reached our limit with free performances, other funding allows us to offer a performance for $350.00 or back to back shows for $550.00. Please contact our Director of Education & Training, Holly Bonner (firstname.lastname@example.org or 347-257-9402) to inquire about available dates for performances.
8) Does IlluminArt bring sound equipment to my school?
IlluminArt provides sound equipment, microphones, and a sound engineer for our performances. Our set-up time takes approximately one hour prior to the beginning of the first performance.
9) Can show content be modified to accommodate a specific audience?
Yes, IlluminArt understands the sensitive nature of content presented in each of our plays. We also understand the importance of the psychological development and maturity level of our audience members. IlluminArt staff is willing to work with schools to ensure teachers, parents and staff are comfortable with our content, while maintaining the integrity of our performance’s overall message.
10) How does IlluminArt prepare teachers and support staff for follow up classroom discussion after students have seen one of their plays?
IlluminArt provides each school with a discussion guide pertaining to whatever play students have seen. Each guide is written by a mental health professional and breaks down scenes citing key concepts and themes. Questions are provided related to the performance and are designed to promote group discussion and self-awareness. In addition, IlluminArt staff are available should school staff require more information or a referral for additional resources.
11) What makes IlluminArt staff, teaching artists and actors qualified to handle the sensitivity and complexity of the issues presented in these various plays?
Since 2009, IlluminArt has been educating students across New York City through our performance based education initiatives. We pride ourselves on having a staff that represents the diverse backgrounds and personal experiences that mirror many of our audience members. IlluminArt’s Executive Director and Director of Education & Training possess Masters of Social Work (MSW) degrees with additional licensures and trainings in performance related topics. IlluminArt’s teaching artists and actors come from a variety of educational backgrounds and represent a myriad of experiences within the field of theatre arts. We provide many hours of training related to the topics we cover. We invite you to view our website and read the bio’s and work related experience of each of our amazingly talented staff & touring company. http://www.illuminart.org/board--staff.html
12) Is IlluminArt a contracted vendor with the New York City Department of Education?
Yes, IlluminArt is a contracted vendor with the New York City Department of Education since 2009 - Vendor #ILL727647.
13) I am still uncertain about having IlluminArt perform at my school; can I receive any additional information?
Absolutely! We are always happy to answer your questions via phone or email. In addition, IlluminArt staff is available to come to your school and provide administration, staff and parents with a brief presentation about the benefits of our performance-based education in each of our plays. Please reach out to our Executive Director, Arlene Sorkin, at Arlene.email@example.com for more information regarding individual meetings prior to selecting your performance date.