“KidsWrites is fantastic. It offers a wonderful experience for my students in that it helps to bring them 'out of their shells.' Students come to 4th grade shy and afraid to do anything if front of peers. KidsWrites help them to realize that they have a lot to offer.” – Teacher from Hawthorne
“It is important for Skylight Music Theatre to come to our school to help you experience the importance of working with your peers that you probably never communicated with before.” – Student from Bay View High School
Partner schools receive an additional six workshops to work with Skylight teaching artists to stage and perform their own writing.
About the Program
Students at Milwaukee Public Schools participate in creative writing workshops to generate stories and poems inspired by a theme.
Composers select 8–10 pieces to transform into songs.
A show using 35–40 pieces of uncorrected student writing is staged and performed in a fast-paced, funny, and profound show. Your students will see and hear what their peers are thinking, feeling, and writing and will learn the importance of spelling.
“KidsWrites gives our school a new perspective on writing. All of the students are motivated to write. They look forward to the workshops and performing the piece for their peers. The best part was the entire process. It reminds me that writing doesn’t always have to be a formal essay.” – Teacher from 95th Street School
Students at Milwaukee High School of the Arts participate in creative writing workshops to generate stories, poems, and songs. Students work with teaching artists to either compose, stage, or perform selected writing.
“With the TeenWrites Residency, students have a sense of empowerment and can feel as though their thoughts and feelings are validated.” – Drama Teacher at Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Students created an original piece called "TeenWrites Before and After" with all original songs, monologues, and scenes. Nine freshman English classes at Bay View High School created original pieces focused on Coming of Age. The students learned improv and musical improv exercises to create these organic productions.
Musical Theatre Residency
Students in middle and high school participate in workshops with music and or dance teaching artists to stage musical numbers from various shows. Students gain knowledge of musical theatre as a genre as well as specific shows.
This year students at Milwaukee High School of the Arts performed songs from the musical “The Me Nobody Knows" and students at Bay View High School performed songs from the musical “Little Shop of Horrors.”