SVP 2013: Christiana Clark, Jeremy P. Johnson, Photo: Jenny Graham

School Visit Programs

Serving schools for over 40 years, OSF's School Visit Program is one of the largest theatre outreach programs in the country. Through SVP, students see and hear works of Shakespeare and other great writers presented in ways that relate to their own experiences and engage their imaginations.

About School Visit Program
  • From mid-October through mid-December, teams of teaching artists tour to schools and community centers throughout Oregon, Washington, California, and beyond. 
  • Each team is made up of two or three professional actors with the skill and passion to engage language arts students from diverse backgrounds through live performances and active workshops. 
  • A typical SVP day consists of two performances and two workshops, totaling approximately four hours of activities. This structure is flexible and can vary based on your school’s needs. See scheduling details below for more information. 
  • The cost of the program is $800 per day. A limited number of scholarships are available for schools with a demonstrated financial need.
  • For more information about the School Visit Program, please call the Education Office at (541) 482-2111, ext. 414.
How to Get Involved
  • Submit an application by March 31, 2014 to be eligible for inclusion in the 2014 fall/winter tour. Be sure to specify any dates when you cannot accommodate a team of actors for a visit. 
  • Tour routes are established once all applications have been received, and visit-date offers are made in early May. A completed contract and either purchase order or deposit for half the fee is due by June 6.
Scheduling Details
  • Based on what works best for your school, SVP days can be scheduled in one of three ways: two performances and one 2-hour workshop; two performances and two 1-hour workshops; or one performance and three 1-hour workshops. 
  • Performances can be scheduled for groups of 25-500 and are approximately 50 minutes in length, including time for a brief post-show discussion. Schools choose from two performance options: Shakespeare and/or Literature. 
  • Depending on the year, the Shakespeare Program is either a condensed version of one Shakespeare play or selected Shakespeare scenes built around a theme. The Literature Program weaves together a variety of classic prose, poetry and short stories into one performance. 
  • Shakespeare Program material changes each year and Literature Program material varies from team to team, ensuring each school visit is unique. 
  • Workshops are one to two hours in length and are limited to 40 students. 
  • Workshop curriculum involves on-your-feet explorations of themes, language, and characters from the Shakespeare performance, ideal for language arts and drama classes. 
  • We strongly recommend that students see the Shakespeare and/or Literature Program before participating in a workshop.
About School Visit Partnership

Currently an opportunity for Oregon schools, the goal of the School Visit Partnership Program is to create vital partnerships with teachers by providing professional development and curriculum that links to two, three or five day residencies. Schools are selected based on commitment of the faculty and administration and financial and cultural needs of the students. Scholarships are available.

For more information about the School Visit Partnership Program please call the Education Office at (541) 482-2111, ext. 244.

Teacher Testimonials

"Our students absolutely loved the high quality entertainment as well as the quality of the work." - Franklin HS

"The level of talent and professionalism was astounding. We are so appreciative." - Mercy HS

"I recommend it to any school, but especially as they struggle with the Common Core -- here it is. Language is alive, vibrant, articulate, and it's rooted in history." - Notre Dame HS

"One of my students that attended the workshop said that he felt that his fellow students 'came out of their shell' during the workshop and that was 'very cool to watch.' I don't think that I could have said it any better." - The Dalles Wahtonka HS

"The students said that they really learned how much thought goes into reading and interpreting the text of a play. Their classroom English teacher has noticed improved reading aloud in class since the workshop, and that's exciting." - San Jose Christian School

"The workshops were engaging and activating. Students were involved and active throughout the process as well as learning how to interpret Shakespeare. These students were the forerunners of their own education that day. They felt like they were in charge of what they learned, so their lessons were more valuable to them. Students felt valued in group discussion as well as intellectual." - Thurston HS

"We rarely get out of our crowded classrooms to activate language, so this is a great way of introducing many students to a different approach." - Willamina HS

"Students and staff both commented about the performance well after that day." - Stewart MS

"Every year we are so grateful for the teaching artists and the expertise and HEART they bring to our students!" - Central Kitsap HS

Our Sponsors

The 2013 School Visit and School Visit Partnership Programs were made possible by generous donations from these sponsors: 

The Bowmer Society
Helen Clay Frick Foundation
The Sharkey Family Charitable Foundation
Joseph R. Parker Foundation
Starseed Foundation
The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation
Stephen K. Tyler and Karen A. Telian-Tyler
Oregon Arts Commission