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Ms. Sussman from Long Island City NY is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help us build a theatre library!

The cost of materials to create a theatre portfolio is $747, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I am a Teaching Fellow in an Astoria, Queens public middle school. Our school is an underserved school in that we have very little room in the budget to provide a lot of after-school programs, extra-curricular activities, or electives. I do have the pleasure of teaching Drama next year as well as Special Education. However, because Drama is a new addition to our curriculum, we have very little theatre texts and resources. Because Drama is one of the only classes that we are able to offer outside of the core curriculum, I have high hopes for the program. I want to create a well-rounded, educational and exciting theatre program for my students, but it is necessary to have the right resources. First and foremost, we need a variety of theatre texts, from scripts and plays to theatre history books. My goal is to learn about how different cultures use theatre around the world, as our school is extremely diverse. I want to find and produce plays that celebrate all of the different cultures represented in our school. I also plan on incorporating a lot of creative writing in the classroom, and so we need a lot of basic office supplies such as filler paper and pencils. Because technical theatre is such an important aspect of studying drama, and because a solid technical theatre background may give students another vocational option, I have also asked for colored pencils, paper, and crayons so that I can teach them about lighting, costume, and set design. Lastly, I want to have each student create a Theatre Portfolio that includes the students' work from the year. The purpose of the portfolio is two-fold; a portfolio will help these students see their growths as artists and it will provide them with materials for those students wishing to pursue drama in the high school or college level. For these portfolios, all we need are simple folders that can be purchased from any office supply store. My goal is to reinvent the classroom...I want to make our space a place where the students can go to be creative, independent thinkers as well as study the works of those playwrights before them that have inspired me to be a better teacher and an artist. With your help, I know I can expose these children to a world outside of video games and music videos...a world where Shakespeare's works reside on the same shelf as original pieces written by my students. Studying theatre gives students self-esteem, provides them with a creative outlet in which to express themselves, allows them to experience other cultures, and is a perfect opportunity for them to work and collaborate in groups. Thank you for your time and consideration!

Ms. Sussman
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
History of the Theatre Oscar Gross Brockett,Franklin J. Hildy,Franklin J. Hildy • Barnes and Noble $95.40 1 $95.40
CRAYOLA CLASSPACK CRAYONS 800 REGULAR SIZE -- Crayola Crayons Classpack ; Regular Size, 8 Colors • Quill Corporation $49.49 1 $49.49
Theatre Arts II - Teacher's Course Guide, Grades 7-12: On-Stage and off-Stage Roles: Fitting the Pieces Together Alan Engelsman,Amber Crawford (Editor),Penny Engelsman • Barnes and Noble $26.95 1 $26.95
Twelve Plays of Christmas Lowell Swortzell (Editor),Created by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation • Barnes and Noble $26.95 1 $26.95
1/3 LEGAL SIZE FOLDERS -- Assorted Color Pendaflex Interior Folders; Legal-Size • Quill Corporation $25.19 2 $50.38
Around the World in 21 Plays: Theatre for Young Audiences Lowell Swortzell (Editor),Created by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation • Barnes and Noble $20.65 1 $20.65
Plays for Young People, Vol. 1 Charles Way,Foreword by Rosamunde Hutt • Barnes and Noble $17.95 1 $17.95
Caribbean Mythology and Modern Life: 5 Plays for Young People Paloma Mohamed,Barry Braithwaithe (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $17.95 1 $17.95
Monologues and Scenes for Middle School Actors Mary Hall Surface • Barnes and Noble $17.95 1 $17.95
Seattle Children's Theatre: Six Plays for Young Audiences, Vol. 2 Marisa Smith (Editor),Deborah L. Frockt (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Seattle Children's Theatre: Six Plays for Young Audiences Smith & Kraus,Marisa Smith (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Stories on Stage: Children's Plays for Reader's Theater (or Readers Theatre), with 15 Play Scripts from 15 Authors, Including Roald Dahl's the Twits and Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School Aaron Shepard • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
New Plays from A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory, Volume II Young Conservatory,Craig Slaight (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Break a Leg!: The Kid's Guide to Acting and Stagecraft Lise Friedman,Mary Dowdle • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Playbuilding : A Guide for Group Creation of Plays with Young People Errol Bray • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
Fodor's Around New York City with Kids Mindy Bailin,Fodor,Fodor's • Barnes and Noble $9.90 1 $9.90
Cool Characters for Kids: 71 One-Minute Monologues Janet B. Milstein,Janet Milstein (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $9.56 1 $9.56
Wild and Wacky Characters for Kids: 60 One-Minute Monologues, Vol. 1 L. E. McCullough,L.E. McCollough (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $9.56 1 $9.56
Hamlet For Kids Lois Burdett,William Shakespeare,Foreword by Kenneth Branagh • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Dragonwings Laurence Yep • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry,Robert Nemiroff (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
The Pigman Paul Zindel • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Crucible Arthur Miller • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Nerdlandia: A Play Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Escape to Freedom: A Play about Young Frederick Douglass Ossie Davis • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Taming of the Shrew William Shakespeare,Robert B. Heilman • Barnes and Noble $3.55 1 $3.55
#2 PENCILS,HB -- Economy Entre Pencils • Quill Corporation $3.14 4 $12.56
COLORED PENCILS 24CT • Nasco $3.10 3 $9.30
Coffey Pott Meets the Wolf Man: A Play for Children's Theatre R. Eugene Jackson • Barnes and Noble $2.92 1 $2.92
FILLER PAPER 101/2X8 WIDE RULED,200/PK -- Roaring Spring Wide-Ruled Filler Paper; 200 Sheets/Pk. • Quill Corporation $2.69 10 $26.90
12 X 18 CONSTRUCTION PAPER/ASSORTED -- Riverside Construction Paper in "C" Colors; 12x18", Assorted Pack • Quill Corporation $2.33 1 $2.33

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