Who is Enchanted Circle Theater and What is Arts Integration
Enchanted Circle Theater (ECT) is an educational theater company in Holyoke, MA that specializes in arts integration. We use theater arts as a dynamic teaching tool to engage, enhance, and inspire learning. We work in public schools, pre-schools, university classrooms, professional theaters, museums, and human service agencies with people of all ages and abilities.
ECT serves an essential need in the community by “bringing the joy back into learning.” We have been called the “antidote” to the dropout rate. Our arts integration programs integrate theater arts with academic and social curricula to improve academic achievement and support social and emotional health.
"Arts integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both."~The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Learning in and through the arts helps students access, process and interpret content which develops conceptual knowledge and supports meaningful comprehension. Theater arts integration builds the 4 C's of 21st Century learning skills: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity. Furthermore, inspired learning promotes good attendance and motivates students to want to learn. Theater arts integration develops physical kinesthetic capacity and supports brain & body health. “My students were able to learn and process science content in a new way, which helped them understand and remember what they learned. Fantastic!” ~ Lori Thayer, 4th grade Teacher, E.N. White School