Testimonials

“Students were highly engaged and loved the residency. Many students had never had this opportunity, and many may never again.” – Teacher, Myersville Elementary School

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“Tori is incredibly flexible and easy to work with. I have never worked with a teaching artist who was so at ease at synthesizing their craft with academic content. Last year, it was fairy tales. This year, it was non-fiction about cave-dwelling animals. Both years were very positive experiences for the audiences who watched the performances, and for the students and teachers who participated in the residency itself.”

“Because a majority of our school are ELL students, it is refreshing for them to participate in an activity that does not rely so heavily on proficiency in English. A residency like this was a welcome oasis for those students. Additionally, because of the socioeconomic breakdown of our school, it is a rare treat for our students to watch and participate in the arts.” – Teacher, John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School

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“Students learned new ways to express themselves and gained confidence in their abilities. They had to think critically and work as a team to present their fable’s plot, setting, characters, themes, and moral using physical theater techniques. Listening skills and communication skills were honed and methods were modeled that can be used throughout the year.” – Teacher, Oakdale Elementary School

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“Very seldomly have I come across an artist (or company) who can synthesize their art with the academic curriculum as organically and flawlessly as Synetic Theatre.” – Teacher, John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School

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“In addition to the work with the whole class, Tori was very intuitive in finding strengths of special needs students, ESL students, and students who are very ‘active.’ Every child felt appreciated and important in the workshops and culminating performance.” – Teacher, John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School

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“Synetic Theater ignited our students’ imagination. We are all looking forward to having them again.” – Teacher, Walkersville Elementary School

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“Synetic Theatre transforms space and stories just as it does the participating students’ understanding of who they are and the power they have to contribute to the telling of that story.” – Sue Simmons, Caroline County Rec and Parks