Character Education

Character education is the deliberate effort to develop virtues that are good for the individual and good for society.

In our Theater in Education programs, First Stage is committed to nurturing students’ social and emotional wellbeing through engagement in dramatic experiences.  The hands-on, community-based approach of activities rooted in Theater for Social Change and creative drama allow us to connect with students and provide them with the tools to initiate positive changes in themselves and their community.

  • Price: $350 per classroom for the first classroom; $300 for each subsequent classroom
  • Grade levels: K3 – 8
  • Location: First Stage comes to your classroom
  • Times: 
    • For grades K3 – 2:  Two 50-minute sessions that take place within one week
    • For grades 3 – 8:  Two 75-minute sessions that take place within one week
    • WI Model Academic Standards for Theatre: A.4.1, B.4.1, B.4.2, B.8.2, B.8.4, B.8.7, D.4.4, C.4.2, C.8.3, E.4.1, E.8.1

Character Education programs include:

A School of Fish Stay Together (grades K3 – K5): Join Swimmy as he travels through the ocean and learns important skills in teamwork.  Students identify skills of effective listening, understand the value of collaboration and individual contributions made by each team member (P21 Skills: Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving).

Differences (grades 1 – 2) -: Role play with two very different animals who have one thing in common—their love for hip hop.  Students work respectfully in teams and listen to diverse ideas and viewpoints to develop and communicate new ideas effectively (P21 Skills: Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration, Flexibility and Adaptability).

Responsibility in Action (grades 6 – 8)What does responsibility look like at home, at school, and in our personal lives?  Students gain an understanding of how to set goals, work positively and effectively with others, and problem solve (P21 Skills:  Communication and Collaboration, Flexibility and Adaptability, Leadership and Responsibility).

THE BULLY BAN (grades K4 – 8): Through Theater for Social Change, students identify tactics in problem solving, and practice positive conflict resolution. The Bully Ban is tailored for each individual grade, from K4 – 8, and we customize each workshop to address the specific needs of the school and classroom community.  Students develop creative and practical solutions to problems, understand the points of view of others, and inspire others to make respectful and positive choices through example (P21 Skills: Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Leadership and Responsibility).

Acting in Good Character Residency (grades 3 – 5): Strengthen students’ core ethical values, including: respect, responsibility, goal-setting, honesty and trust, integrity, and courage.

  • Price: $1,000 per classroom
  • Location: First Stage comes to your classroom
  • Times: Nine consecutive 45-minute weekly sessions.  Workshop dates and times are flexible to your classroom’s schedule.
  • P21 Skills: Communication and Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Flexibility and Adaptability, Leadership and Responsibility

Students advance skills in critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and collaboration through progressive lessons that foster a deep and meaningful understanding of key character education traits.  Classroom teachers have the opportunity to participate in Professional Development workshops to help strengthen their understanding and application of dramatic activities in the classroom. 

For more information, please call our Education Department at (414) 267-2978 or email

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