Creative Journey Workshop

In these workshops, participants will explore the journey they took to get to where they are. Through a series of discussions and improvisations participants will begin writing about their “journey”. Each session will include a writing segment. At the end of 5 sessions, professional actors will perform the writing in a theatrical way.

Playwriting in the Schools

Through a series of six workshops students will learn the elements of playwriting by participating in improvisational exercises that demonstrate each element. The elements include: conflict, character, dialogue, monologues, dramatic arc and conflict resolution.

At the end of each residency students will have written a play appropriate for public performance. Gretna Theatre will present staged readings by professional actors of selected student plays to be performed for students, teachers, school administration and the general public.

Through this process students learn to creative problem solve, learn conflict resolution, work as a team and build self-esteem. Our lessons enhance all English Language Arts Curriculum, grow interest in writing and address Common Core State Standards.

Hero’s Journey

These workshops enhance our American Heroes program. Through a series of five workshops students work in teams to research and create a performance around the hero of their or their teacher’s choice. Through these scaffold lessons, students build their presentational skills along with their problem solving and creative thinking skills.

Our lessons enhance all English Language Arts Curriculum writing and address Common Core State Standards.

Our goal at Gretna Theatre is not to train students to be artists but to better prepare them for college and career.

To schedule a workshop, please call Joe Giardina at 717-964-3322 or email him at


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