Smithsonian's Discovery Theater

Smithsonian's Discovery Theater The Smithsonian's Theater for Young Audiences in Washington, D.C. A branch of the Smithsonian Associates, Discovery Theater is an educational theater company that primarily serves the Metropolitan area's children, teachers, and families.
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Its productions present history, culture, math, and science in an enjoyable and accessible way, making Discovery Theater a gateway to the Smithsonian for local children. Affordable ticket prices and a community of educational artists, teachers, parents, and children make Discovery Theater a destination in our nation's capital. Praise for Discovery Theater:

"Discovery Theater always lives up to their high standard of performance! What an engaging show!" -Dufief Elementary

"I think that Discovery Theater fills a VERY important role in bringing educational music drama and acts. There is really no other daytime children's theater at this price range that I have found. Keep doing what you do." -Adventure Camp

"We came to see the Black Diamond show and the students really enjoyed it! Your staff was so helpful and accomodating, the performers were great, and we would love to come back and see another show." -Ivymount School

"Performance was exciting for myself as well as my 2nd grade students!" -Whittier EC

"You guys are the best! The children (and staff) always enjoy our experience. Keep up the great work." -Bridges, PCS

"As always, Discovery Theater staff does a stupendous job in providing exceptional, excellent programming that is so educationally nourishing for children. Please continue to feed us this delightful diet of entertainment." -UMS

"We had a wonderful time--the students were so engaged and loved every minute of the show. Especially being able to be a part of the show!" -Walker Jones Education Campus

Operating as usual

06/07/2021

Sources of inspiration are all around us! Introducing "Inspiration Nation," a NEW activity guide from the Smithsonian. The guide features inspiring stories, hands-on experiments, and art projects for K-8 learners.

From storytelling to stargazing, learners can experience a wide variety of activities from across the Smithsonian to inspire them to learn new things, explore their interests, and take action in their communities.

A free PDF download of the print-friendly guide is available here: https://learninglab.si.edu/news/finding-sources-of-inspiration-all-around-us #SmithsonianEdu

Do you have a budding young artist, photographer, or digital expert in your life? They’ll love the Master Class offering...
05/11/2021

Do you have a budding young artist, photographer, or digital expert in your life? They’ll love the Master Class offerings that are part of Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures.

Designed for students in Grades 6 to 11, these weeklong studio courses help them develop specialized skills as they create personal projects inspired by Smithsonian collections. Classes begin the week of June 28 and run throughout the summer, with daily two-hour sessions Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET.


Learn more: https://s.si.edu/adventures

Do you have a budding young artist, photographer, or digital expert in your life? They’ll love the Master Class offerings that are part of Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures.

Designed for students in Grades 6 to 11, these weeklong studio courses help them develop specialized skills as they create personal projects inspired by Smithsonian collections. Classes begin the week of June 28 and run throughout the summer, with daily two-hour sessions Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET.


Learn more: https://s.si.edu/adventures

04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day! This 1991 poster by 6-year-old Jayme Morgan Penner was printed with vegetable-based inks on recycled paper, and is in our Cooper Hewitt's collection.

You can follow Smithsonian Earth Optimism to learn more about what's working in conservation, climate, and sustainability. Tune in to a series of virtual events and conversations at earthoptimism.si.edu. #EarthOptimism

We’re collaborating with the Smithsonian and cultural organizations in communities across the nation to bring you the fa...
04/21/2021
Vaccines and US

We’re collaborating with the Smithsonian and cultural organizations in communities across the nation to bring you the facts you need to make an informed decision about vaccination. By sharing the science, history, and cultural impact of infectious disease and vaccines, we hope to build understanding of our current moment, where we've been, and where we go from here.

Explore “Vaccination and US: Cultural Organizations for Community Health.” #VaccinesAndUS

https://www.vaccinesandus.org

Learn more about Vaccines and US

Photos from Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden's post
04/13/2021

Photos from Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden's post

Registration for Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures is now open! Kids and teens can explore Smithsonian collections a...
04/07/2021

Registration for Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures is now open! Kids and teens can explore Smithsonian collections and themes during week-long sessions that include virtual field trips, games, crafts, meetings with experts, and challenges. Fly to the moon, dive deep into the ocean, be innovative, create art, and more!

Learn more: https://s.si.edu/adventures

Registration for Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures is now open! Kids and teens can explore Smithsonian collections and themes during week-long sessions that include virtual field trips, games, crafts, meetings with experts, and challenges. Fly to the moon, dive deep into the ocean, be innovative, create art, and more!

Learn more: https://s.si.edu/adventures

Join the early childhood team at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on Fridays for a jo...
04/06/2021

Join the early childhood team at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on Fridays for a joyful webinar-style Zoom class led by museum educators!

Designed for 4 to 8 year olds, each Joyful Fridays program features art projects and lessons inspired by the Joyful ABC Activity Book series and the museum's collection. This consists of weekly art projects with your child to support positive identity development and learn about history in fun, age-appropriate ways!

https://nmaahc.si.edu/event/nmaahc-kids-joyful-fridays-7

Join the early childhood team at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on Fridays for a joyful webinar-style Zoom class led by museum educators!

Designed for 4 to 8 year olds, each Joyful Fridays program features art projects and lessons inspired by the Joyful ABC Activity Book series and the museum's collection. This consists of weekly art projects with your child to support positive identity development and learn about history in fun, age-appropriate ways!

https://nmaahc.si.edu/event/nmaahc-kids-joyful-fridays-7

Standing Together Against Hate - Standing Together Against Hate
03/23/2021
Standing Together Against Hate - Standing Together Against Hate

Standing Together Against Hate - Standing Together Against Hate

#StopAsianHate Standing Together Against Hate The Smithsonian Institution mourns the loss of eight people—seven of them women, six of whom were of Asian descent—who were killed last week when a gunman opened fire inside three spas located in Georgia. We extend our condolences and stand in compas...

Get ready for Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures—live, interactive learning experiences for kids entering K-11th grad...
03/10/2021

Get ready for Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures—live, interactive learning experiences for kids entering K-11th grade!

Kids and teens can explore Smithsonian collections and themes during these specially designed week-long sessions. Adventurers take virtual field trips, interact with other adventurers while playing games, creating crafts, meeting experts, and completing challenges. Fly to the moon, dive deep into the ocean, be innovative, create art, and more!

Learn more: https://s.si.edu/adventures

#SmithsonianEdu

Get ready for Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures—live, interactive learning experiences for kids entering K-11th grade!

Kids and teens can explore Smithsonian collections and themes during these specially designed week-long sessions. Adventurers take virtual field trips, interact with other adventurers while playing games, creating crafts, meeting experts, and completing challenges. Fly to the moon, dive deep into the ocean, be innovative, create art, and more!

Learn more: https://s.si.edu/adventures

#SmithsonianEdu

We are excited about the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's new webinar series, featuring s...
03/04/2021
Zoo Webinars

We are excited about the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's new webinar series, featuring staff with un-ZOO-sual careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math! This series is ideal for students in middle and high school but open to all, this program aims to increase students' understanding of the variety of STEAM careers available and connect students to staff who can answer their questions live.

Tune in the first Friday of every month to learn about a new career beginning Friday, March 5!

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/education/zoo-webinars

Tune in to animal and career-themed webinars from the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.

Join the early childhood team at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture throughout the mont...
03/04/2021

Join the early childhood team at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture throughout the month of March for Joyful Fridays!

Now through July, Joyful Fridays will be based on projects and activities featured in their Joyful ABC Activity Books. Visit this site to download the Joyful ABC booklets for G, H, I, and J at https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/early-childhood.

March 5th - G is for Grateful: Paint or draw gratitude art this Friday!
March 12th – H is for Happy: Create nature-inspired friendship bracelets.
March 19th – I is for Interesting: Learn about Black photographers and create a camera craft.
March 26th – J is for Just: Learn about fights for justice and create button pins!

Learn more and register for Joyful Fridays online: https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming

Join the early childhood team at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture throughout the month of March for Joyful Fridays!

Now through July, Joyful Fridays will be based on projects and activities featured in their Joyful ABC Activity Books. Visit this site to download the Joyful ABC booklets for G, H, I, and J at https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/early-childhood.

March 5th - G is for Grateful: Paint or draw gratitude art this Friday!
March 12th – H is for Happy: Create nature-inspired friendship bracelets.
March 19th – I is for Interesting: Learn about Black photographers and create a camera craft.
March 26th – J is for Just: Learn about fights for justice and create button pins!

Learn more and register for Joyful Fridays online: https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming

We can’t wait to celebrate the Smithsonian's 175th year with the reopening of the Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building...
02/28/2021
From Floating Cities to Biodegradable Burial Pods and Flying Cars, the Smithsonian Envisions a Multitude of Futures

We can’t wait to celebrate the Smithsonian's 175th year with the reopening of the Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building (the former home of Discovery Theater) in November! Learn about #TheFUTURES, an exhibition all about what lies ahead for humanity.

The Arts and Industries Building will reopen this November with a thought-provoking exploration of what lies ahead for humanity

Did you know Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture's Family History Center offers free res...
02/26/2021
How the Smithsonian can help research African American family history

Did you know Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture's Family History Center offers free resources for researching African American family history? Museum experts offer genealogy sessions and programs online to anyone in any stage of their research process. #BlackHistoryMonth #SmithsonianBHM

Learn about genealogy resources at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Enjoy virtual Lunar New festivities this year with this list of #LunarNewYear events from Smithsonian Magazine!#Yearofth...
02/10/2021
The Lunar New Year Explained and How to Participate

Enjoy virtual Lunar New festivities this year with this list of #LunarNewYear events from Smithsonian Magazine!

#YearoftheOx

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Freer and Sackler Galleries host virtual events

Parents and caregivers, this new Winter at Home activity guide is a free new Smithsonian Education resource you can prin...
01/26/2021

Parents and caregivers, this new Winter at Home activity guide is a free new Smithsonian Education resource you can print at home!

Activities include inviting a bird to brunch with a feeder activity from Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, fun with fables from National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, and more.

https://learninglab.si.edu/news/let-creativity-be-your-guide-this-winter-

Parents and caregivers, this new Winter at Home activity guide is a free new Smithsonian Education resource you can print at home!

Activities include inviting a bird to brunch with a feeder activity from Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, fun with fables from National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, and more.

https://learninglab.si.edu/news/let-creativity-be-your-guide-this-winter-

Tune in for this livestream with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute tomorrow and join Smi...
01/26/2021

Tune in for this livestream with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute tomorrow and join Smithsonian Associates next month for a discussion with SCBI staff scientist Pierre Comizzoli, who oversaw the artificial insemination process, and Laurie Thompson, assistant curator for giant pandas at the Zoo.

Register: http://s.si.edu/GiantPanda

🎥🐼 He's ready for his close-up! Spend some quality time with giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji in the first FREE livestream event broadcasting from inside the Giant Panda Habitat on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 1:15 p.m. ET. 📅 LEARN MORE: https://s.si.edu/3itXD6p.
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#PandaStory

01/20/2021

Are you a teacher or caregiver who'd like to introduce your students to the history of inaugural addresses? Our newest Learning Lab collection offers historical examples and a structure for actively listening to next week's events: https://s.si.edu/39DePCj

The early childhood team at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is starting off the ...
01/18/2021

The early childhood team at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is starting off the year with new children’s resources and programs.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day today! Learn about Dr. King's big dreams with this new MLK Day activities and resources guide. Use this guide to talk with your child about their dreams, create art, learn more about race and activism and take a closer look at important objects from the NMAAHC collection. You can download the guide here:https://nmaahc.si.edu/sites/default/files/mlk-day-resources.pdf

The Joyful ABC Activity Book series invites caregivers and educators of infants, toddlers and early learners to celebrate and build their child’s unique identity, boost literacy and explore museum objects. Each booklet includes age-appropriate literacy, play and art activities, suggested books and online resources.

You can visit their website now to download the A is for Amazing and B is for Brave booklets at https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/early-childhood. Then return at the beginning of each month for a new set of booklets – C, D, E and F will be released on February 1st!

And finally, NMAAHC Kids: Joyful Fridays programs begin February 5th. These are weekly art lessons led by museum educators and inspired by the booklets and our museum collection. Children, ages 4 to 8, will learn about objects and create something new every Friday on Zoom! Learn more and register for Joyful Fridays online: https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming

The early childhood team at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is starting off the year with new children’s resources and programs.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day today! Learn about Dr. King's big dreams with this new MLK Day activities and resources guide. Use this guide to talk with your child about their dreams, create art, learn more about race and activism and take a closer look at important objects from the NMAAHC collection. You can download the guide here:https://nmaahc.si.edu/sites/default/files/mlk-day-resources.pdf

The Joyful ABC Activity Book series invites caregivers and educators of infants, toddlers and early learners to celebrate and build their child’s unique identity, boost literacy and explore museum objects. Each booklet includes age-appropriate literacy, play and art activities, suggested books and online resources.

You can visit their website now to download the A is for Amazing and B is for Brave booklets at https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/early-childhood. Then return at the beginning of each month for a new set of booklets – C, D, E and F will be released on February 1st!

And finally, NMAAHC Kids: Joyful Fridays programs begin February 5th. These are weekly art lessons led by museum educators and inspired by the booklets and our museum collection. Children, ages 4 to 8, will learn about objects and create something new every Friday on Zoom! Learn more and register for Joyful Fridays online: https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming

Timeline Photos
01/12/2021

Timeline Photos

Ready, Set, Design! Join us and Cooper Hewitt on Thursday, January 14 at 4pm ET for a free webinar to build your design literacy toolkit! Leave with design teaching techniques, Smithsonian Learning Lab collections, and virtual field trips to support art, social studies, and STEM curricula. Tune in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKW6oQRgT8k #SmithsonianEdu

Registration opens today for Smithsonian Winter Virtual Adventures!
01/05/2021
Smithsonian Associates

Registration opens today for Smithsonian Winter Virtual Adventures!

Looking to add some extracurricular enjoyment to your child’s non-classroom days? Zoom into Smithsonian Virtual Winter Adventures! Live, expert-led interactive learning experiences make the Smithsonian the ideal destination for kindergarteners through 11th graders.

Virtual museum visits, hands-on projects, games, collaborative challenges, and conversations with experts are all part of the weekday adventure. Sessions are offered February 22 through March 24, and registration begins tomorrow!

Learn more: https://s.si.edu/WinterAdventures

Can you believe 2020 is almost over? Any other year, we would be closing out Seasons of Light this week and all taking a...
12/16/2020

Can you believe 2020 is almost over? Any other year, we would be closing out Seasons of Light this week and all taking a well-deserved break after seeing thousands of audience members this month. But, as we all know, this year has been different. We have really missed all the students coming down the Ripley Center stairs, lining up in the hallway, and ‘hugging their coats’ as they file in to sit ‘crisscross-applesauce’ on the carpet. However, “we are still the Discovery Theater community. And you have the community of your school, your neighborhood, and even the world! We are the candles, the fire, the stars; all together. No matter how many years go by, we will always love our friends, our families, and our community. We are the true light — in this season of light!”

And even though we were forced to close our doors earlier this year, we want to let you know that we’re thinking of you and we miss you. Until we can be together again, we wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season.

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AUDITIONS! Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater will be auditioning professional performing actor/educators for its 2019-2020 Season as well as its in-school teaching artist company Creative Tools for Teaching, to be trained in Museum Theater techniques and perform in Smithsonian shows, historical portrayals, tours, and school residencies. Multi-cultural and artists of color are encouraged to apply. Skills in music, puppetry, movement, interest in young people and education a plus. Most rehearsals and performances take place Mon-Fri daytimes. All training, rehearsals, and performances PAID. Auditions will be held on Monday, April 1st from 10:30am-4:00pm and Thursday, April 4th from 2:00pm-4:00pm. For consideration, please send your headshot, resume, and preferred date/time to: [email protected]. Non-equity preferred; artists 18+ only. See www.DiscoveryTheater.org to learn more about Museum Theater and performance at the Smithsonian.
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