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.

Penny Caywood

Dates, times and locations TBD

Drama Boot Camp – Beginning
Drama Boot Camp – Advanced
3+ hours integrated professional development workshop for the elementary classroom teacher. This course is designed for the classroom teacher even if they do not have previous experience in the arts. The focus is to integrate theatre and other subject areas such as literacy to support oral language development, comprehension, fluency and English language skills. On the first day, teachers learn techniques for simple yet fun and effective drama programs for use in their classrooms including choosing and writing material, music, dance, and inexpensive props and costumes ideas. On the second day, teachers can choose to attend a grade specific class where a sample lesson plan, script, and resources will be shared. Numerous economical materials and resources are provided as well. There is also a time for teachers to discuss needs and concerns and have Ms. Caywood offer solutions.


Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. Professional Development


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.

paige hernandez

In conjunction with the school matinee ALL THE WAY LIVE! on January 12

January TBD
Location TBD

Participants will explore innovative hip hop teaching methods, activities and exercises to supplement curriculum and/or to use in performance pieces. The workshop will show how each hip hop element (Emcee, DJ, Graffiti and B-boy) can easily be transformed into exercises or performance pieces.

About Paige Hernandez

Paige Hernandez is a multidisciplinary artist who is critically acclaimed as a performer, director, choreographer and playwright.  She is also known for her effective fusion of theatre, hip-hop, dance and education.  As a hip-hop education advocate, Paige has shaped various educational workshops to help teachers to understand the fundamentals of hip-hop while incorporating the culture into their curriculum.  As a master teaching artist, Paige has taught throughout the country, to all ages, in all disciplines. She has been recognized in many organizations including the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts and Arena Stage,

As an AEA equity actress, Paige has performed on many stages throughout the country. As a playwright, Paige has been commissioned by the National New Play Network, the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre, The Kennedy Center and the Glimmerglass Festival. She recently received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council as well as two Helen Hayes nominations for choreography and performance. Paige has also been named a “classroom hero” by The Huffington Post, a “Citizen Artist Fellow” with the Kennedy Center and a “Rising Leader of Color” by TCG. With her company B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT, Paige continues to develop and tour original work internationally.

Learn more about Paige Hernandez at her website