Professional Development for Teachers

TPAC offers professional development opportunities for teachers, showcasing a variety of methods for educators to bring the arts into their personal teaching practice.  Many experiences are available to all teachers, but some require or include participation in a TPAC arts education program.

School Teacher Teams

TPAC’s ArtSmart program presents multi-day Arts Integration Institutes in the summer and fall, open to all teachers. Teaching artists lead educators in explorations of performances, called ArtSmart Focus Works, from the upcoming season that connect to curriculum topics for elementary, middle, or high school students. Participating teachers have called this training innovative and relevant in ways that renew their enjoyment as learners and their commitment as educators.

TPAC Education creates custom professional development sessions for educators in arts integration and arts-based strategies to address a variety of curriculum topics including social studies, literature, arts, social-emotional development, and STEM subjects. Please contact TPAC Education to make an inquiry.

Individual Teachers

TPAC’s Techshop dives into all aspects of technical theatre and design with theatre teachers. Seminars serve a range of knowledge and skill-sets and make the production elements of school plays more accessible, satisfying, and successful.

School Groups

Once their school application has been accepted, within TPAC’s Disney Musicals in Schools program, teachers receive guidance in directing, choreography, and music direction during their first year. Second and third year participants receive continuing education in special topics focused on helping their school’s theatre program to grow.

Professional development with TPAC’s Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts program includes practice for teachers in applying performing arts techniques in the pre-school classroom. In addition, Nashville Wolf Trap provides workshops for participating centers and presents longer sessions at Tennessee conferences and summer teacher trainings. To bring a Wolf Trap performing arts workshop to your organization, contact TPAC Education.

Professional Performing and Visual Artists

TPAC provides professional development opportunities for our teaching artist faculty as well, with targeted trainings that increase their abilities and cultivate their teaching artist talents.

Group dancing in unison
Photo by Mimosa Arts
Teachers practicing with puppets
Photo by Lattie Brown
Teachers making set elements
Photo by Mimosa Arts
Teachers creating tableau
Photo by Don Jones