RBTL believes that arts and performance are among the most eloquent means of understanding and appreciating the human spirit, and therefore must be an essential part of every child’s education. Arts and performance education teaches discipline, inspires creativity and helps young people set and reach goals. RBTL is committed to education both in and out of the classroom that engages and encourages children and their families to explore, experience, participate and enjoy the richness of the arts as an essential element of the human experience.
The Rochester Broadway Theatre League has developed several nationally recognized and award-winning arts education programs for students in the Greater Rochester area. Associate Directors of Education and Community Engagement, Holly Valentine and Annette Ramos, continually strive to find ways to infuse the arts into today’s classrooms.
Each year, RBTL identifies themes and programs pertinent to the youth of today around the season, and develops lessons and materials for teachers which fully align to classroom curriculum and demands. Students gain knowledge through Theatre workshops and tours, classroom lessons, visitations and open discussions.
Thousands of students from the Rochester City School District and schools from as far as Seneca and Wyoming counties, find their niche in RBTL’s arts education programs each year. From the “Stars of Tomorrow” Tony Award®-style High School musical recognition ceremony each spring, to the Dance, Acting, Vocal and Technical “Master Class” programs taught by Touring Broadway actors, to the Broadway summer day camp “Summer Stars” with instructors from NYC, RBTL continues to find outlets for students’ creativity, talent and interests to shine and be explored both in the classroom and on the stage.
Holly is also currently teaching in the Gates Chili School District, where she witnesses firsthand the importance of embedding the arts into the classroom. Holly’s classrooms have participated in RBTL education programs for the last ten years. She was nationally recognized in 2014 by the Broadway League for excellence in arts education in 2014 as recipient of the Apple Award. Holly is extremely excited to have the opportunity to help teachers across the area see how easily using the arts in the classroom can spark a passion for learning in students, and to recognize that this work can be done in alignment to curriculum, rather than in addition to.
Annette, a bi-lingual Arts Educator, has devoted her career to ensuring equitable educational and artistic opportunities for emergent bilingual learners. She is a well-versed and committed arts leader working closely in the educational setting of the Rochester City School District, with area colleges and many youth service organizations. Annette is presently Executive Director of the Rochester Latino Theatre Company (RLTC), Latino Arts and Cultural Consultant for Ibero American Action League and former Manager of Community Engagement for Young Audiences of Rochester.
For details about any of RBTL’s arts education programs or to enroll a student into a particular program, please contact either Holly or Annette at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You can also become a fan of our Facebook page to see photos and videos of our current programs!