Program Information

Number of Artists: 2

Grade Levels: 4-5, 6-8, 9-12, Family, K-2, K-5

Program Length: 30-40 minutes

Ideal Audience Size: Minimum 50

Maximum Audience Size: 400

Setup Time: Minimal

Breakdown Time: Minimal

Technical Requirements: 5' x 10' open area, 2 armless chairs, 2 bottles of water

SOL Connections

English: K.1, K.2, K.4, K.7, K.8, 1.2, 1.4, 1.11, 2.1, 2.2, 2.8, 3.1, 3.6, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 5.1, 5.5, 5.6, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 7.5, 7.7

Artists Fees

Single Fee: $500 - $700

Full Day Fee: $810 plus lodging


Fee includes lodging fee of $180

Fee Notes

Isolated Day: $780 plus $180 lodging. Note: Tour Artists. A full day may include: 3 assemblies; 2 assemblies and 1 teacher workshop; 2 assemblies and 2 classroom followups; 1 assembly and 4 classroom followups; other combinations by request. Two schools may split a full day.

Poetry Alive!

Live Poetry Theatre



Program Type

Curriculum Materials, Elementary School Assemblies, High School Assemblies, Middle School Assemblies, Residencies, Staff Development Workshops, Workshops

Subject Areas

Culture Studies, Literature, Oral Language, Poetry, Song Writing, Theatre Arts, Wildlife

Poetry Alive! has been presenting high-energy poetry shows for audiences of all ages in the bardic tradition of long ago. In order to bring poetry from the page to the stage, Poetry Alive! presents verse as theater, transforming the poems into scripts and the audience members into fellow actors. The result is a non-stop tour de force of words with a twist of sorrow, a dash of silliness and every emotion in between.

The Poetry Alive! performance is an interactive experience that gets students excited about poetry and the spoken word. A program includes 15-20 poems selected according to audience grade level.

Classroom Workshops of up to 35 students can accompany an assembly program. These sessions include coaching on memorization and performance and conclude with a question and answer period.

In-Service Teacher Workshops are offered and discuss using Poetry Alive! methods for poem performances and study in the classroom.