Two teenagers acting on a stage holding mobile devices
Three teenagers acting on a stage talking in front of a locker
Two teenagers acting on a stage
Two teenagers acting on a stage in front of some lockers
A teenager acting on a stage
Four teenagers acting on a stage
A production cast of teenagers and adults posing for a picture on a stage

Educational Theatre Program

Inspiring Through the Arts

The arts have long been recognized by educators for their power to connect people, heal communities, and raise awareness of public health issues.

Since 1986, Kaiser Permanente has been bringing health education to our communities through the Educational Theatre Program (ETP). Topics range from mental health to healthy eating to HIV. Our programs are developed by theatre professionals in collaboration with educators, community advisory committees, youth, and Kaiser Permanente health providers.

In Washington State, Kaiser Permanente is collaborating with Seattle Children's Theatre to bring important health information to young people in underserved communities. All programs are offered free of charge to qualifying schools. Educational theatre is one way of supporting health and wellness in a way that resonates with young people — and the communities they live in.

During the 2017–2018 school year, we are presenting "Above Between Below." The play shows how bullying and aggression can lead to damaged self-esteem and depression, and gives young people tools and strategies to cope with and avoid bullying. After each show students will have an opportunity to participate in a discussion with the cast aimed to spark further conversation about how conflicts emerge and to brainstorm positive alternatives. At least 18,000 children in more than 20 middle schools will see the production in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, and Whitman counties.

More Ways for Kids to Learn and Schools to Thrive

Our Educational Theatre Program is also planning other types of interactive, in-school arts and performance-based education.

Above Between Below Workshop

This one-hour workshop pairs with the touring production. Teaching artists will work with students to further explore critical themes of the play.

Conflict Resolution Workshop: "STAR (Stop, Think, Act, Reflect)"

This one-day workshop helps elementary-school children understand and use tactics to defuse and resolve conflict, including ways to:

  • Identify the problem and their feelings
  • Stay safe and calm
  • Communicate effectively

Two artist-educators use roleplay to explore these ideas with students. After completing the workshop, students will be able to put words to a problem as well as their feelings about it, and use the steps in a role-playing exercise.

Residency Program: "Mission Nutrition"

Over the course of a week, elementary-school students will have fun while learning how to make healthy choices. Key areas include:

  • Identifying healthy choices from the five food groups
  • Choosing balanced meals
  • Choosing water rather than sugary beverages
  • Increasing physical activity