What We Offer

Professional Theater Performances at the PCCC Founder's Theater

We partner with touring companies, such as ArtsPower and Young Audiences, that feature educational and engaging shows, and provide study guides for enhanced learning. 
Our live theater performances satisfy a core requirement of the NJSLS-VPA. Participating as members of the audience enables students to think beyond their horizons and develop their own creativity. 

Poets in the Classroom

Available for grades one through 12, poetry workshops are designed to challenge students to read and write. Professional poets lead workshops either in the classroom or virtually, often times reviewing famous poetry, teaching literary techniques and how to employ them, and showing students how to edit their work. 

Poetry workshops give teachers the opportunity to share an exciting activity with their students that may not have been available through traditional curricula. 

We encourage teachers to ask about our residency-style workshops or one-time writing sessions.

List poem created during a poetry workshop in a Paterson Public School

A list poem written by the 7th grade students of Ms. Queen’s class at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Complex during a TAPP workshop.

Retired TAPP Coordinator Susan Amsterdam with Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Junot Diaz

Retired TAPP coordinator Susan Amsterdam recognizing Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz. 

Meet-The-Author Sessions

These sessions, offered to Paterson students in grades one through 12, help participants develop a personal connection with literature, and an increased enthusiasm for reading.

 Students also meet authors of diverse backgrounds, who inspire them to write creatively and maybe one day write a children’s book or novel of their own.  

Folk Arts in Education

The Theater and Poetry Project is proud to partner with the Folklife Center of Northern NJ to bring the Folk Arts in Education initiative (FAIE) to the Paterson Public Schools. 

FAIE is an ongoing partnership between regional folklife centers and local schools.
In-class and virtual workshops are led by folk artists in music, dance, crafts, storytelling, and other art forms at no cost to the schools.

To learn more about the Folklife Center of Northern NJ and its other programs, visit their website.

If you'd like to schedule a workshop, please fill out the form below. 

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