Reading Residency

Reading Residencies take place in your classroom during the school day with one of our Teaching Artists for 14-20 sessions. The curriculum focuses on text evidence within the context of a Rep production. Students learn about theater, social-emotional skills, and how to analyze text with a theatrical lens. This program includes a Rep Immersion Day and a workshop with an artist from the production.

Our Reading Residency program is built around a production from Milwaukee Rep’s season. A Teaching Artist explores reading comprehension skills such as summarizing, predicting, text analysis, character development, plot structure, visualization, and making connections to historical and literary themes. The residency has consistently yielded positive increases in text evidence, social emotional skills, and theater participation. Students experience a Rep Immersion Day which includes a matinee performance, lunch and demonstrations led by our production team on how we bring a piece of literature to life on stage. An actor from Milwaukee Rep’s company will also visit your classroom for a workshop.

The Reading Residency program includes 14-20 in-school sessions (including an actor visit), and a Rep Immersion Day. In 2020/21 the program is available for Titanic The Musical, Murder On The Orient Express, and As You Like It. Price per classroom is estimated at $1,575 and will vary with your class size and number of sessions.

Reading Residencies are designed to work in tandem with a visit to Milwaukee Rep to see a production. Tickets to a Milwaukee Rep production are not included in the price of a residency. Ticket prices range from $5-$15. All 1:30 pm Wednesday matinees are $22.

To discuss what programming would work best in your classroom, contact Jenny Toutant at or 414-290-5370.

>> Reading Residency Final Report

Rep Education Program Standards

Rep Education programs are designed to engage students in meaningful experiences that explore interdisciplinary topics and concepts connected to the art seen on Rep stages. All programs work to develop students’ skills in three primary areas:

+ Reading Comprehension (e.g. text evidence, reading enjoyment)
+ Social-Emotional Learning (e.g. relationship skills, social awareness)
+ Theater Participation (e.g. understanding of and involvement in theater)

Because these three areas are based largely in English Language Arts and theater, Rep Education program objectives and measures are aligned to both Common Core, National Arts standards, and Wisconsin Model Academic standards. This allows us to best offer students holistic experiences at Milwaukee Rep and in the classroom that support and enhance existing grade-level curriculum.

While specific standard-aligned objectives vary from program to program, Rep Education is happy to work with you to determine how our programming can best support your curriculum. Whether your students are attending a Student Matinee or participating in a residency experience, our arts-integration can be applied across grade levels and subjects, including (but not limited to):

+ Social Studies (history, geography, political science and civics, behavioral sciences)
+ Math
+ Early Learning
+ Music
+ Art and Design

>> Common Core English Language Arts Standards
>> National Arts Standards

Reading Residency School Partners

Our school partners for the 2019/20 Reading Residency Program are:
Audubon Technology and Communication
Barack Obama SCTE
Bay View High School
Benjamin Franklin School
Bruce Guadalupe Middle School
James E. Dottke High School
James Fenimore Cooper School
Hartford University School
Hmong American Peace Academy
Humboldt Park
Manitoba K-8 School
Milwaukee Academy of Science
Milwaukee College and Career High School
Milwaukee Sign Language School
Ralph H. Metcalfe School
Rogers Street Academy
Story School
Thurston Woods Campus
Trowbridge School of Great Lakes Studies