Education Programs: Schools

Drama Residencies in Your Classroom 

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Re-ignite students’ excitement about learning while directly addressing curricular needs and the HCPS III Benchmarks

For more than twenty years, Honolulu Theatre for Youth drama specialists have worked with teachers to help extend student achievement in a range of subjects, from language arts to social studies to science, even math, in ways that significantly involve and engage every student. Tens of thousands of students have benefited from HTY workshops, getting excited about exploring ideas, debating key questions and learning.

Drama Residencies make learning exhilarating and practical.

Drama Inspires Learning

How it Works
1. Call Daniel A. Kelin, II to plan for a residency in your school at (808) 839-9885 x 710. He will help you develop a residency that fits the needs of your particular classroom. Some residencies are paid for by a generous grant from the Black Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation.

2. Registration forms for a Drama Residency will be available here. You will then be able to download and mail to:
HTY Drama Education
c/o: Daniel A. Kelin
1149 Bethel Street, Suite 700
Honolulu Hawaii 96813

Poetry Out Loud Competition 

For the past ten years, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Honolulu Theatre for Youth to offer Poetry Out Loud, a nationwide poetry recitation contest. Poetry Out Loud encourages young people to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, helping participants to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Starting at the classroom level, teachers are provided with free curriculum materials – a teacher’s guide, "Learning Recitation" DVD, posters, and website, all designed to meet national standards – to augment their regular curriculum with poetry recitation and competition. School-level recitation champions advance to the state and national levels.

If you are interested in further information, please visit the website for Hawaii's Poetry Out Loud contest or contact Kasey Lindley at Honolulu Theatre for Youth by phone at 839-9885 x 704 or by e-mail at To guarantee a space for your school, we ask that you contact us as soon as possible and no later than January 23, 2015. State finals will be held at Tenney Theatre in downtown Honolulu on February 22nd, 2015.

Respect is a Choice Program 

This special program for high school students tours directly to the classroom. Two short plays dealing with the subject of sexual violence, how to recognize it and how to prevent it are presented to small single sex groups. The presentation of each play is followed by a facilitated group discussion developed in collaboration with the Sex Abuse Treatment Center.

HTY has been taking the RESPECT IS A CHOICE program to high schools statewide for several years, and the program has been creating a very positive impact wherever it goes. The program is toured directly to high schools and is presented in classrooms. 

For more information or to reserve a spot in the 2011-2012 school year, please email

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