In-School Performance

Provider: Hedda Matza-Haughton- Artists in Schools/Arts and Cultural Alliance

Contact: Hedda Matza-Haughton

Starting cost per student: $10

Additional Info: Performance residency is a flat fee of $5000 includes: teaching sessions, multiple planning meetings with teacher, meeting with principal, travel, preparation and teaching materials. Please contact Hedda Matza-Haughton about more details on this performance-based residency that can be tailored specifically to meet the needs of your students at your school. This teaching artist residency at your school culminates in performances for a cluster of classroom(s), or after school programs, and/or the entire grade level or school, as well as, if requested, performances for parents and community.

Max. Capacity: 500

Transportation Needed?  No

Who Arranges Transportation?

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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Attention K-12 Teachers In Title 1 Schools! This Exploration Can Be Funded Through The Arts And Cultural Alliance Of Sarasota. Click On The Link To Apply.

Are you a teacher, a group of teachers, or principal looking for an innovative way to help stop bullying in your school and you want to reach a large amount of your students? If the answer is yes, then bringing in Hedda Matza-Haughton, LCSW, a creative uplifting   Drama Teaching Artist, to provide her Expanded Say “No” to Bullying and “Yes” to Healthy Relationships performance based residency offered to 2nd grade students through 12th grade, is the answer. Her sessions using improvisational drama incorporates language arts and theatre standards.  Bullying affects academics and is happening in all schools and this is a way to integrate the arts to be part of the solution.

During this residency:

Ms. Matza-Haughton works with one classroom once or twice a week for two to three months, based on student’s needs and abilities.

  • During this time, they learn about what is bullying, healthy relationships, how to help students stand up against bullying and to discover ways to deal with bullying as a target, friend of target, or bully. 
    • The students are involved with creating their own monologues and other components for an in school performance for one or more grade levels.
    • They will also be involved with the publicity and other parts of the production.
  • The in school performance includes:
    • An interactive audience component before the performance created by Ms. Matza-Haughton, which involves the audience in learning about definitions and other aspects of bullying and healthy relationships.
    • After the performance, the teaching artist facilitates an interactive structured discussion with the actors and audience to explore how students could help the different characters portrayed in the performances.
    • This activity engages students in listening and then problem solving on the issue of bullying.
  • The teacher component includes:
    • A study guide created to prepare teachers for the performance and discussions they will lead after the performance in their classrooms.
    • An online survey to evaluate the performance and the classroom discussions.

This performance based residency have been successfully provided at Booker and Oak Park Middle School, and Booker Middle also travelled this performance and interactive discussion that follows to four elementary schools and the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota.  You can also find information on her four classroom session residency of the Say “No” to Bullying program listed as another exploration on  Take a look also at her website,   and a video on bullying: , as well as a video  from a local TV station  and article about the Say “No” to Bullying performance  work:


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