Every VATV Educational show includes the live-streamed performance AND
- Curriculum tailored to the common core standards
- A live, interactive talk back with the cast and crew directly after the performance
So… curriculum, a live performance and an interactive post show discussion.
(VATV is happy to create state-specific curriculum for states that do not use Common Core if there is a significant need)
The Teaching Artists
Meet Lynn Silver, VATV’s resident Teaching Artist…
Lynn has a BS in Education from Penn State and and MFA in Theater from NYU. A licensed New York City theater and social studies teacher, Lynn has taught high school for 26 years. As a professional actor, Lynn has appeared on Law and Order numerous times, had three recurring roles on L.A.Law, Guiding Light and Working It Out as well as numerous theatrical productions. Lynn has also penned six plays; two of which are currently being considered for production.
Meet Dr. Cydele Berlin, Executive Director/Producer of The S.T.A.R. Program…
Dr. Cydelle Berlin founded STAR Theatre in 1987 and is the Executive Director/Producer of The S.T.A.R. Program. S.T.A.R. is a national multi-component theater based Health Promotion and Education program for young people, parents and providers which includes direct service, training, and technical assistance.
An internationally recognized expert in the field of Adolescent Sexuality, Dr. Berlin holds a Ph.D. from New York University in Health Education and Human Sexuality, with a specialty in Adolescent Development and Sexuality. She also holds a Master level degree in Communication Technology from New York University .
Dr. Berlin is also the co-founder of the Adolescent AIDS Prevention Program at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Adolescent Health Center where she was the co-director of the program and the Executive Producer of STAR Theatre for 11 years. (1987-1998).
Dr. Berlin and the program have received numerous national and local awards for innovation in the field of peer education, educational theater and sexuality education for young people. In 1996, PBS produced an award winning film called “Sex and Other Matters of Life and Death” about Dr. Berlin and her program. She is also the winner of a national CableAce for best television programming for a cable series on adolescent sexuality topics that she wrote, produced and hosted called “On the Edge”. Most recently Dr. Berlin produced S.T.A.R.’s Off-Broadway show “Sex and Other Matters: The Reality Show at Theatre 3 in Manhattan .
In addition to her work with S.T.A.R., Dr. Berlin consults with many organizations nationally and internationally, on adolescent sexuality, HIV and on the use of innovative methodology. Among her many consultations, she works with the United Nations (UNFPA) where she trains young professionals from the regions of North and Eastern Europe on adolescent sexuality and the use of theater as an educational tool. She and her colleague, Ken Hornbeck wrote a manual on developing educational theater, which is being used by the United Nations. She has also been a presenter or a keynote speaker at dozens of regional and national conferences and meetings.