K—12 Schools

K–12 Schools

Secret Histories is PCC's Arts-in-Education Program, adapted from the company’s interview-based Undesirable Elements series, which highlights local individuals telling their own stories on stage.  Participating classrooms attend a professional PCC performance from the Undesirable Elements series, followed by a facilitated Q&A.  Professional PCC Teaching Artists then lead in-school artistic residencies, using peer interview techniques, writing exercises, and drama activities to explore themes of identity, place, and belonging, and to introduce theatrical tools for self- and community-based reflection. Teaching Artists guide students through the process of identifying key memories that shaped their sense of self, scripting their stories into a collective work of art, and building performance skills (voice, movement, expression) for a final performance of their original theater piece. Participants make discoveries about themselves, their peers, and the power of theatrical storytelling to build empathy across diverse experiences.

Secret Histories promotes academic skills (writing, public speaking, drama, & socio-emotional learning) in alignment with the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts and Common Core Standards. Ping Chong and Company is an approved vendor of the NYC DOE.

Secret Histories is available as an in-person (or virtual) residency for ELA, Social Studies, Drama, and Advisory classrooms, and can be adapted for different learning environments. We also partner with regional theaters and presenters to license the curriculum, providing training for local Teaching Artists in our methodology, as well as all program materials & ongoing support.

Contact

For questions about bringing PCC to your school or organization, contact [email protected] / 212.529.1557.  If you are interested in joining our cohort of Teaching Artists, please click here.


Recent Partner Schools

Manhattan, NYC

PS 84 (Lillian Weber School of the Arts)
PS 191 (The Riverside School for Makers & Artists)
MS 247 (Dual-Language Middle School)
MS 256 (Lafayette Academy)
United Nations International High School (UNIS)

Queens, NYC

PS 102Q (Bayview)
PS 91 (Richard Arkwright School)

Brooklyn, NYC

Edward R. Murrow High School
The Workshop School

Bronx, NYC

KAPPA International High School (Knowledge & Power Prep Academy)

Newark, NJ

Technology High School
American History High School
East Side High School
Barringer High School


Recent Partner Organizations

New York, NY

Lincoln Center Education

Newark, NJ

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)

Dayton, OH

Muse Machine

Burlington, VT

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

Ann Arbor, MI

UMS at the University of Michigan