Residencies for 1st-12th Grade Classrooms
September 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023
"I had the honor of bringing actor Hollis Wilhoit and The Coterie's Electric Poe Immersion workshop into my hybrid classroom. The three day experience covered a vast amount of significant material. An actor's perspective of workshopping and performing a solo piece of theatre adapted from 3rd person literature - many topics for discussion within that. Great for students to see how many ways imagery and theatrical effects can be interpreted and support text. It's an opportunity for students to write and create themselves! Along the way, Hollis' questions, sharing and feedback was exceptional. I highly recommend this workshop for grades 8-12."
- Tracy Terstreip-Herber, Performing Arts Chair at Pembroke Hill
"It was wonderful! My students really enjoyed it (Electric Poe immersion) and Hollis did a great job presenting and teaching them about playwriting. Something I would definitely do again!"
-Lisa Jensen, Gifted Teacher at Leawood Middle School
"I loved so much about the Reader’s Theatre program that we participated in. The warm ups were always fun and engaging. The progression from casting, reading through, and then blocking kept our daily activities fresh and brought out something new each day. Even my shyest student came out of her shell during this activity. The program was flexible and met our needs with materials/technology. My students looked forward to seeing Amanda every single morning!"
- Jayme Keyser, 4th grade teacher at KIPP Endeavour Academy
“The Coterie Theatre’s virtual immersion, Electric Poe, was absolutely wonderful! Our teacher for the three day event, Hollis Wilhoit, was able to engage students who were working both in class and remotely at the same time, while covering specific Language Arts standards we had asked him to address. ... The students loved working with Hollis and put forth a ton of creative effort to complete something they hoped he would enjoy reading. Hollis validated students’ ideas, while also pushing them to think outside the box, and they all appreciated the helpful feedback he provided throughout the event. I would highly encourage teachers to take advantage of this wonderful virtual field trip. Despite the frustrations of our current learning model, all of my students genuinely looked forward to this fun change of pace each day!”
- Megan Komp, 8th grade ELA, Summit Trail Middle School