A Collection of Digital Education Programs Presented by the AT&T Performing Arts Center
Open Stages Online
Through collaborations with the national Performing Arts Center Consortium and TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND, the Center proudly offers four quality online video presentations of live performances featuring some of America’s most celebrated touring artists. Representing the best in music, dance and theatre, the series is a perfect complement to any arts appreciation curriculum. Each performance is tailored for use in virtual classrooms and is accompanied by supplemental education materials.
Rhapsody in Black
Written and performed by LeLand Gantt and developed at NYC’s Actors Studio by Estelle Parsons, Rhapsody in Black is a one man show that explores LeLand’s personal journey to understand and eventually transcend racism in America.
Virtuoso violinists Kev Marcus and Will B are Black Violin —a dynamic duo of high-energy, classically trained musicians renowned for their ability to meld highbrow and pop culture into a single genre-busting act. Their electrifying style mines the synergy among classical, jazz, blues, R&B and hip-hop. Whether you lean toward Bach or Beyoncé, Black Violin is sure to rock the house.
Step Afrika! is the world’s first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping—a polyrhythmic, percussive dance form that uses the body as an instrument. With stepping at the core, as practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, the Company integrates song, storytelling, humor and audience participation in each performance.
Stunning dancers and Latino choreographers with luscious choreography, the company fuses Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques creating a new style of concert dance where theatricality and passion are at the core. The choreographers represent rich Latino cultures and nationalities including Venezuela, Cuba, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.
Virtual Monologue Competition
Due to an expressed need to provide students with innovative virtual performance opportunities, the Center proudly presents its first virtual monologue competition. Students are invited to film and submit one-minute monologues to be reviewed by a guest panel of judges. The top ten submissions will be offered a private coaching session with a teaching artist, as well as an opportunity to record their piece with a professional videographer. The grand prize winner will be awarded a cash prize.
Backstage Spotlight is AT&T Performing Arts Center’s technical theatre training program for high school students. Through a five-part video series taught by the Center’s world-class production staff, students will learn about a range of stagecraft concepts, ranging from lighting and sound to rigging and scenic design. Each video is complemented with a TEKS-aligned assignment that can be completed from home.
Inclusive Movement Video Series
Internationally-renowned dance company Dark Circles Contemporary Dance offers a four-part movement instruction series designed specifically for students with disabilities. Students will end each class feeling enriched and empowered by their ability to move with fellow dancers, regardless of individual needs.
For free access to these programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Stages is generously supported by the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation.