Questions we’re exploring

1. How does drama evolve when we invite collaboration between artists and educators?

We believe uniting a teaching artist with a traditional classroom teacher can enhance the growth of both professionals. In addition, when teaching artists come together what innovative ideas does our collective voice generate?

2. How does drama in the classroom change the way students think and learn?

Does thoughtful integration of dramatics arts in conjunction with traditional classroom curricula improve educational outcomes and student perception of academic skills?

3. Can dramatic arts help students recognize their voice and realize themselves as creative leaders in their communities?

When given the opportunity to expand upon their interest in the arts, do students step into positions of creative leadership? Does exploring issues of social justice, through theater arts, increase student awareness and promote positive change within their circle of influence? What opportunities do students want when given the avenue to explore their voice in what they can create?


Social Justice Research Findings

The following is a presentation of research findings and methodology used in the social justice theater projects at various schools in the greater Seattle area.
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Shoreline Reading Intervention Program 2017

Using dramatic arts pedagogy, students in a summer school work on engaging with literacy in a non-traditional style! In summer 2017, foundry10 partnered with a school district to develop this program for the third year in a row. Read this report for details and results.
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Program Updates

One Act at a Time

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A whirlwind weekend of new plays and musicals, written for participating students with themes of identity and justice. Work with seasoned playwrights and directors in the Seattle area, as an actor, assistant director, assistant playwright or composer, lighting designer, props master, stage manager, etc. Many roles available. email chelsea@foundry10 for more info. Free participation with suggested donation! click here to register or view One Act at a Time page

Bringing Social Justice Theater to Schools

Using dramatic arts as a medium for exploration, foundry10 partnered teaching artists with teachers in the Seattle area to provide a context for students to interact with topics related to social justice.

Read the full report

Hear my Voice Cabaret Reflection - 2017

Young artists in the Seattle area choose their own material, assistant direct the production, and make their voices heard, sharing of their unique stories through song for a sold-out house at Taproot Theater.

Read our reflection on the program here!

Arts meets Academics: An Intervention Over Spring Break

This article covers a Spring Break Arts-Academic Intervention aimed at closing the achievement gap by engaging students in nontraditional styles of learning using the arts.


Dramatic Storytelling in Pre-Kidnergarten

Our research suggests that dramatic storytelling in early childhood education enhances student engagement. Teachers are learning ways to implement dramatic arts in their everyday Pre-K and K classrooms.


Teachers with an idea: Elementary Musical

What happens when a theater teacher, a music teacher, and a math teacher with a background in dance decide they want to collaborate? They make a musical! Hilltop Elementary school has a uniquely inspired set of teachers who, supported by foundry10, dream up ideas for afterschool programs and classes they want to run for their student body.


Bringing Social Justice Theater to Schools

During the 2016-2017 school year, we co-developed, alongside teachers and teaching artists, a curriculum for using theater techniques to give students the chance to address issues related to social justice. This report includes stories from the students, teachers, and teaching artists, as well as an overview of how the courses went.


New Musical Workshop Reading

A group of students and mentors has been writing a new musical since summer, 2016. Check out the latest updates.


New Musical Staged Reading

14-year-old writer and director Lydia Hayes recently had the first staged reading of her new musical "Behind the Glass". Check out a recap, some words from Lydia, and some images from the event here!

Social Justice Theater Curriculum Announcement

In order to promote awareness and empower individual student voices, foundry10 is exploring the use of dramatic arts and collaboration between teaching artists and classroom teachers to develop a curriculum that addresses important issues to students in constructive ways.


Y-WE Speak dramatic arts collaboration

Dramatic arts at foundry10 partnered with Y-WE Speak in 2015-2016 to collaborate on multi-generational, generative piece of theater. We found the rehearsals became a platform for self-actualization and the performance was an opportunity to SPEAK up!

Olympic Hills Teacher and Teaching Artist

We have been collaborating with a few elementary schools around Seattle to learn more about how teaching artists can work directly with educators to create a great dramatic experience for students. You can find out a bit more about our work with Olympic Hills in this short write-up.


Young Student Creating New Musical

Lydia Hayes is a 13 year-old student who approached foundry10 with an idea for a new musical based on a true story. Over the summer, Lydia has worked with us and her mentor to develop and ultimately perform this creative work.

Check out the link below for her story, some pictures and a sample of her music!


Teaching Artist Jam Session

Teaching artists from a variety of different skill sets came together to play games , share curriculum, and refresh/unite before summer camps here at foundry10. We had a blast!! We learned a lot, made new connections, and discovered more about our craft.

Check out this page for more info!

The New Musical Project

The New Musical Project was started by a small group of students in the summer of 2016. High schoolers often do not get the chance in the dramatic arts to be writers, composers, directors, etc... This project was designed by the students to get that experience and learn more about the opportunities and challenges in theater.


On Making Our Own Cabaret

In summer of 2016, two recently graduated high school students came to foundry10 with the idea of planning, producing and directing a cabaret show. With a little over a month of time, the students put together a show for other high school students to showcase their creative talents, network with industry professionals, and build confidence on stage.


Evolving ideas in theater education

This project was a series of one-on-one filmed interviews with several influential theater education departments in Seattle. It was designed to study and increase the visibility of the incredible opportunities in this city that are available for students and teachers interested in the dramatic arts.

Check out the first of these interviews.

Hear My Song

We worked with local high school students interested in drama to put on songwriting workshops and, ultimately, a cabaret. Students prepared, original and cover pieces, performed, then talked with us about the experience

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Our approach

In foundry10 Dramatic Arts programs we build community, breed collaboration, and activate creative leadership by providing resources and programs for the expert and novice student, teacher, and teaching artist to expand their interest, enhance their skills, and empower their voice through the medium of theater arts.