Secret Histories provides a professional Undesirable Elements performance and talkback followed by an in-school artistic residency of 10 or more sessions. During the residency, teaching artists work with students to develop a personal narrative and present it in a theatrical performance. The work promotes academic skills and peer understanding through the arts in alignment with the New York City Blueprint For Teaching and Learning in the Arts and Common Core Standards.
Secret Histories is offered for grades 5-12 as multi-week in-school residency for English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Drama classrooms. It is also available as an after-school theater program and as after-school and weekend workshops. Secret Histories teaching artists are professional theater artists and have worked in all 5 boroughs of New York City, around the country, and internationally.
In 2018, fourteen residencies took place in Newark and New York.
Newark (through New Jersey Performing Arts Center)
Technology High School
American History High School
East Side High School
Barringer High School
Ping Chong + Company is an approved vendor of the NYC DOE
Contract Number: 9272681 | Vendor Number: FIJ874863
Some feedback from our students:
“My favorite part was the acting and expressions, and how I finally got to show my true colors. I learned how to express myself through body language.” – Jose, student from MS51
"I learned to express my feelings...show emotion and add more detail to my creative writing. "
– student from MS51
“I learned that you should be happy with the way you are.”
–Katherine, student from IS318
“…students who were shy were able to come out of their shell in a safe environment and finally express themselves.”
– teacher from IS318
For questions and inquiries contact Christina Weakland