HOT Workshops

People operating shadow puppets

HOT Workshops are highly interactive, entertaining, and informative sessions that will inspire cross-curriculum instruction for any classroom. Each workshop will address particular grade levels and usually connect to specific shows from the HOT Season for Young People so that teachers gain experience in arts-based strategies to maximize the educational impact of a performance for students.

Additional workshop opportunities often become available throughout the year. For updates and additions, make sure to sign-up for our TPAC Education e-mail newsletter list here.

All HOT Workshops are free to attend but require a reservation below. Registrations open in mid-August. Parking is not included, but Nashville downtown parking listings are here.


Shakespeare’s Globe
Date and Time: September 20, 2018, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
TPAC’s Polk Theater
In-service credit:  3 hours

This interactive workshop will be presented by a Rutherford County teacher who recently completed a summer intensive at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.  Participants will learn from her experience while engaging with Shakespeare’s text in interesting new ways, including activities to get your students excited about Shakespeare’s language and thinking analytically about characterization.


Connecting to Classic Literature
Date and Time: October 11, 2018, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
TPAC’s Polk Theater
In-service credit: 3 hours

This session will be based on two of the upcoming HOT performances for middle school, The Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition and A Literature to Life Stage® Presentation of The Giver by Lois Lowry. Participants will enjoy activities on characterization, adapting literature into a play, ways to engage your students with classic texts, and more.


From Page to Stage with Mark Cabus
Date and Time: November 29, 2018, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Location: TPAC’s Polk Theater
In-service credit: 2 hours

Presented by Mark Cabus (who will be performing his 1-man show of A Christmas Carol for schools), this interactive workshop will provide strategies for theatricalizing a literary work, pulling text off the page and making it live on stage.


Explore Puppetry with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Date and Time:   February 28, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
TPAC’s Polk Theater
In-service credit:  2 hours

Presented by visiting artists from Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, this workshop lets participants interact with the performers and the puppets from the HOT presentation of The Rainbow Fish.



HOT Workshops Registration Form