Bringing Theater into the Classroom (BTiC)


Teachers participate in a BTiC Workshop at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Pacific Northwest Ballet is part of Bringing Theatre into the Classroom (BTiC) – a professional development opportunity for classroom teachers. BTiC is a week-long conference developed by three area theatres: Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre and Book-It Repertory Theatre.

What is Bringing Theatre into the Classroom (BTiC)?

BTiC is an engaging, fun, five-day intensive summer conference for classroom teachers wanting to integrate theatre (and dance) into their curriculum. Hands-on participation allows time to test ideas and build them into workable, practical lesson plans. Workshops are taught by faculty from partnering organizations and cover a range of classroom options. Participants select workshops that are best suited for their classroom and are given an extensive resource notebook. Clock hours and university credit available.

How do we "bring it" (into the classroom)?

In addition to the week-long summer intensive, teachers sign up for a one-week follow-up residency during the school year. A member of the BTiC faculty travels to your school and works as collaborator, coach, or co-teacher to integrate lessons learned during the summer workshop into practical lesson plans in the classroom. The follow-up component is essential in helping provide quality arts-infused education; there is no additional charge for follow-up.

Program Dates: July 13—17, 2015, at Seattle Repertory Theatre
Program Tuition: $500; scholarships available
Early Bird Discount: $50 off tuition if paid before June 15
School Team Discount: up to $200 for a group of 3; please inquire
To register: visit

Arts Impact

Arts Impact provides comprehensive professional development in the arts to elementary and middle school classroom teachers in Pierce and King Counties. It is a two-year program that trains classroom teachers to independently teach visual and performing arts and integrate the arts into the core curriculum. The program began in Pierce County in 1999. It has now trained and mentored more than 470 teachers reaching over 47,000 students during that time. As a partner with Arts Impact, Pacific Northwest Ballet offers opportunities for teachers to create dance-infused lesson plans, and to attend ballet performances and fieldtrips with their classrooms. For more details about Arts Impact, visit

Teaching Artist Training Lab 2015-2016

Applications Due July 16

The Washington State Teaching Artist Training (TAT) Lab is an eight-month professional development program with a focus on supporting arts education as part of basic education in K-12 schools. Participants benefit from ongoing learning, individualized coaching from master teaching artists, connections to state and national organizations, and peer learning and reflection. TAT Lab is based on the philosophy that reflective practice and thoughtful planning are essential to effective educational experiences – and a key building block for partnering with schools and classroom teachers. Further program details are below and at

The 2015-16 TAT Lab cohort will include up to 32 teaching artists, working in all artistic disciplines and all regions of Washington State. The program runs September 2015 - April 2016. Participants will:

  • Attend three in-person training sessions (lasting 2-3 days) in Seattle; exact dates here
  • Participate in five 90-minute teleconferences facilitated by a teaching artist mentor
  • Learn about best practices in arts education and how to partner with schools
  • Develop a written learning plan to be implemented in a K-12 classroom
  • Explore ways to assess student learning in the arts
  • Receive ongoing, individualized support from teaching artist mentors and peers

Attendance at all in-person sessions and teleconferences is mandatory. For more information or to apply, visit:

PNB partners with the following organizations for TAT:
The Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI)
Seattle Children’s Theatre
Book-It Repertory Theatre
Arts Corps


Photo courtesy TAT Lab

Photo courtesy TAT Lab

Photo courtesy TAT Lab

Photo courtesy TAT Lab