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"The Geffen Playhouse answered our call for help. The organization worked with us to develop a year-long runway of theater experiences and classroom work with teaching artists and literacy experts from UCLA to gradually build our students' comfort and success with writing and critical thinking – skills that will jet propel them for life."

 

  • -Mauro Bautista, Principal
  • Mendez High School for College and Career Preparation

"This program has helped me improve my writing and reading a lot, and it has inspired me to be open to new experiences, to new worlds that plays can take you to."

  • -Brian R., 10th grade student
  • Mendez High School for College and Career Preparation

"Before the Geffen came, I hated writing. Thanks to this program, I now write a lot more, and I read a lot more too."

  • -10th grade student
  • Mendez High School for College and Career Preparation

The Geffen Playhouse Literacy Project at Mendez High School – College and Career Preparatory in Boyle Heights empowers 10th grade students as thinkers, readers and writers within the engaging and stimulating context of attending a full season of plays at the Geffen Playhouse. Through pre and post-show sessions with Teaching Artists, students learn about elements of theater, which deepens their ability to experience and respond to the plays. They broaden their understanding of what is possible in life by entering the "worlds" created by playwrights, directors, performers and designers at the Geffen Playhouse. In classes with their English teachers and Literacy Coaches from UCLA Center X, students increase their capacity to generate and communicate their ideas by practicing essay writing, using themes and topics from the plays.

  • Advance students' ownership of their ideas
  • Deepen their knowledge and appreciation of theater
  • Strengthen their essay-writing skills and help them pass the California High School Exit Exam
  • Increase their confidence and skills as critical thinkers and speakers

A formal evaluation conducted by Vital Research, a consulting firm specializing in research and evaluation, measured student and teacher outcomes in 2012-2013, our first year to pilot the Geffen Playhouse Literacy Project at Mendez High School. Evaluation Report