Professional Development

UtahPresents offers professional development in the arts for teachers, through our Kennedy Center Partners in Education program with Salt Lake City School District and U of U Youth Theatre. Select tabs at right for info about specific classes.

UtahPresents, SLC School District , and UofU Youth Theatre have been members of the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program since 2007 and is the only team in Utah. The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The primary purpose of these partnerships is to provide professional learning in the arts for teachers. The Partners in Education program is based on the belief that teachers’ professional learning is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people. Currently, almost 100 Partnership Teams participate in the program.


There are no professional development workshops scheduled at this time. Please check back.

Penny Caywood – Resident Teaching Artist

About Penny Caywood

Penelope Marantz Caywood is the Artistic Director of University of Utah Youth Theatre. She has worked at numerous community, university, and professional theatres and has directed, choreographed, and musically directed over 30 productions across in Utah. Penelope teaches creative drama, tap, and musical theatre to young people and to educators across the Wasatch front. Through her Partners in Education collaboration (Salt Lake City School District and UtahPresents), she has created a unique theatre-arts program at elementary schools (SLCSD) in which she demonstrates drama strategies in the classroom, presents scaffolded workshops to teachers, and assists in the implementation of drama as a teaching method. Because of her unique position at the University of Utah, she also teaches two university courses for pre-service education majors; Drama in the Classroom and Integrating the Arts into Academic Learning. Her biggest accomplishment is her 9-year-old daughter.