For Immediate Release
Professional Educational Theater Live-Streamed To Classrooms All Over The US
VirtualArtsTV is reinventing the performing arts for a wired, twenty-first century classroom.
New York, NY – November, 11 2014 – This February VirtualArtsTV launches the first live-streamed Educational Theater Festival. Realizing a long held dream of VirtualArtsTV founder Kathryn Jones, the festival will feature familiar faces from Broadway and television. Every educational show is streamed live from New York City and includes interactive talk-backs as well as online, interactive classes with Common Core focused curriculum.
VirtualArtsTV is the leader and innovator in the live-streamed performing arts. Featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ABC.com and most recently in The Hollywood Reporter, VirtualArtsTV is thrilled to be making world class educational theater available to students all over the US.
“In today’s wired environment, there is no reason why every student shouldn’t have access to the thrill of live professional theater” says VirtualArtsTV CEO, Kathryn Jones. “Those of us who lived near big cities have strong memories of going to see live productions of Shakespeare or children’s plays with our schools. Happily we now have the technology to bring a live professional theater experience directly to the student’s classroom in a way that is exciting, that’s engaging, and that connects students to great works through the technology they are already using and love.”
For the 2015 education season, VirtualArtsTV has teamed up with four renowned companies to present live-streamed shows suitable for high school, middle school and elementary school students.
For high school students, Smoke and Mirrors Collaborative presents Ndebele Funeral. Called “furiously alive” by The New York Times, and “Expertly Acted” by The New Yorker, Ndebele Funeral explores the struggles and hopes of the first generation of South Africans to come of age after Apartheid.
For high school and middle school students, Third Wing Stage presents Shakespeare’s The Tempest. With 4 classically trained New York actors playing 14 roles, The Tempest is Directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus and Co-Directed by Cameron Bossert, and the currently scheduled cast includes Broadway’s Malcolm Gets, and Stacey Linnartz, Jeremy Rishe, and Lindsay Torrey.
For middle school students, S.T.A.R. at the Directors Company presents Everybody’s Doin’ It. Longtime leaders in the field of peer based theater education, Everybody’s Doin’ It is an interactive theatre piece about decision-making, negotiation, HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, bullying and peer pressure.
And for elementary school students, ThinkBig! Theater Arts present’s Mythos. Just back from their world premiere at the New York Children’s Theater Festival, ”Mythos” and its one-of-a-kind menagerie of puppets takes us on a journey back to Ancient Greece to discover the cause of mankind’s problems and what we can all do to make things better.
School tickets are now on sale. The VirtualArtsTV Educational Festival opens on February 16th, 2015, with live interactive classes designed to prepare the students for the shows beginning in mid-January. To learn more about the festival, the shows, the curriculum, the calendar and the pricing visit the website at http://virtualarts.tv/education.
About VirtualArtsTV: VirtualArtsTV is the inventor of the modern, live-streamed performing arts experience. Developers of the first online platform and the first mobile app for the live-streamed performing arts, all VirtualArtsTV projects are shot with multiple cameras, edited in real-time, and streamed live to the internet via state-of-the-art equipment. VirtualArtsTV projects have been seen by hundreds of thousands of viewers all over the globe and have been covered in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN Turkey, ParisMatch and ABC.com to name just a few. Recent VirtualArtsTV projects include the acclaimed Bedlam’s Hamlet, streamed live to New York City schools and Jay O’Sanders’ concert reading of Unexplored Interiors, streamed live to Rwanda and viewed by audience members in Iceland, Sweden, Uganda, Switzerland, France, South Africa, Belgium, Canada, England and The United States.
…we now have the technology to bring a live professional theater experience directly to the student’s classroom in a way that is exciting, that’s engaging, and that connects students to great works through the technology they are already using and love.- Kathryn Jones, CEO, VirtualArts.TV
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