The Quinan Street Project fights to provide theatre education to the public elementary school classrooms of WCCUSD.

Our curriculum meets Common Core standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, as well as the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards.

We believe that theatre education is most successful when it is representative of the students' culture and community.


  • Creative Play - Recommended for K-1 

    • 30-minute lessons once a week for 12 weeks.

    • Teaches the basics of performance and drama in the context of storytelling, role playing, and imaginative play. Encourages students to engage with a piece of text using their bodies, voices, and imaginations to increase understanding of the chosen text.​​

  • Text to Performance I & II - Recommended for grades 2-3 & 4-5

    • 50-minute lessons once a week for 12 weeks.

    • Focuses on building an ensemble, learning how to use your body, voice, and imagination to tell compelling stories, and exploration of vocational opportunities within the theatre industry. By the end of the 12 lessons students will be able to use these "Tools of an Actor" to bring a piece of text to life.

  • Playwriting - Recommended for 6th grade.

    • 50-minute lessons once a week for 12 weeks.

    • Students are presented with the opportunity to write, perform, and direct their own pieces. Classes focus on improvisation and storytelling, as well as specific writing techniques such as building a story arc, poetic structure, and dialogue.​​

  • Theatre for Special Day Classes: Text to Performance - Recommended for TK+

    • 20-minute lessons twice a week for 12 weeks.

    • Students learn how to express characters, emotions, and ideas in a variety of ways to perform stories. Accessible and adaptable for all students with special needs.

  • Theatre for Special Day Classes: Playwriting - Recommended for grades 4-8

    • 50-minute lessons twice a week for 6 weeks.

    • Adapted version of our Playwriting lesson package for learners with disabilities.


Drama in the Classroom is $700 per classroom or class period on a pay-what-you-can basis.

Contracts must be organized case by case with each school based on amount of classrooms served, Title I status, budget size, etc.

No school should feel that they cannot afford this program, but please be mindful that QSP is a small budget organization, as well, and must plan ahead to support the cost of large schools.

If our budgets do not align in one particular school year it is possible to plan ahead for the following school year with potential grant funds, fundraising, and classroom sponsorships.

Click here to view our 2019-20 curriculum





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