Smithsonian's Discovery Theater

Smithsonian's Discovery Theater The Smithsonian's Theater for Young Audiences in Washington, D.C.
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A branch of the Smithsonian Associates, Discovery Theater is an educational theater company that primarily serves the Metropolitan area's children, teachers, and families. 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

Ever feel like someone wants to hold you back?Ever felt like you were under attack?Ever tried to move, only you were stu...
04/28/2020

Ever feel like someone wants to hold you back?
Ever felt like you were under attack?
Ever tried to move, only you were stuck?
Ever feel like you just ran out of luck?
Pull together, you might just change the weather.
You might change an attitude, or your own attitude.

— A reminder from Discovery Theater’s original production “Going the Distance,” a celebration of black Olympians Jesse Owens and Wilma Rudolph. How can a shift in attitude change your world for the better today?

Just because someone says they "can't" do such and such doesn’t mean they "won't" do it. Wilma, think good thoughts and ...
04/23/2020

Just because someone says they "can't" do such and such doesn’t mean they "won't" do it. Wilma, think good thoughts and never give up.

—A reminder from Discovery Theater’s original production "Going the Distance," a celebration of black Olympians Jesse Owens and Wilma Rudolph. What good thoughts can fuel your own persistence today?

Smithsonian Education
04/22/2020

Smithsonian Education

What secrets will you find beneath the sea? This Earth Day, discover the connections of a coral reef, from its tiniest plants to the largest predators, in a new Smithsonian online game and set of learning experiences, “Secrets of the Sea”: s.si.edu/secretsofthesea.

After playing the interactive, hear a scientist leading the fight against climate change, Dr. Nancy Knowlton, Sant Chair for Marine Science at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, offer a glimpse of her decade spanning career studying changes in the oceans. Then, learn about the vibrant world of coral reefs and the threats they face through climate change with videos, hands-on activities, and more in a Smithsonian Learning Lab collection designed for elementary students. #EarthOptimism

It’s a time to gather together with our friends and families and communities to share the light. We are the candles, the...
04/21/2020

It’s a time to gather together with our friends and families and communities to share the light. We are the candles, the fire, the stars: all together. We are the true light—in this season of light!

—A reminder of the power of community from the Discovery Theater original production “Seasons of Light.” How can we find new and different ways of gathering together today to strengthen our connections?

#museumsunshine

I always loved running. I wasn't very good at it, but I loved it because it was something you could do all by yourself, ...
04/16/2020

I always loved running. I wasn't very good at it, but I loved it because it was something you could do all by yourself, under your own power. You could go in any direction, as fast or as slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.

—A reminder from Discovery Theater’s original production “Going the Distance,” a celebration of black Olympians Jesse Owens and Wilma Rudolph. What powers within you can propel you forward today?

Follow along over the next few weeks, as we post uplifting quotes from our favorite Discovery Theater shows—we hope thes...
04/14/2020

Follow along over the next few weeks, as we post uplifting quotes from our favorite Discovery Theater shows—we hope these can serve as a welcome respite when you need it.

Hope is not a thing you simply dream about. Hope is faith in action. People looked at us and saw themselves in us. They could watch and say “There’s a way for us.” “I can dream.” “I can be most anything.” “Keep the faith.”

—A powerful reminder from the original Discovery Theater production “Black Diamond,” a celebration of pioneering African American baseball players. What gives you hope today?

Tonight... a little good medicine with Discovery Theater Collaborator Ty Defoe--
04/10/2020

Tonight... a little good medicine with Discovery Theater Collaborator Ty Defoe--

Four cheetah cubs were born at Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute today!
04/08/2020
Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Four cheetah cubs were born at Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute today!

🐆🎥 *New #Webcam Alert!* Carnivore keepers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are welcoming a litter of chirping cheetah cubs right now! Five-year-old female Echo is having contractions and birthed one cub already shortly after 11 a.m., which can be viewed via the Cheetah Cam. 👀 TUNE IN: https://s.si.edu/2xeHw9x. #NatZooZen #BringTheZooToYou #ClosedButStillCaring #ZooLoversDay

Thank you for your continued support. For more information on the Zoo’s #COVID19 response, visit our website: https://s.si.edu/2xIDkyV.

Check out Smithsonian Education's next webcast tomorrow for "Fossil Friday." Tune in at 1 p.m. ET. for a live Zoom video...
04/02/2020

Check out Smithsonian Education's next webcast tomorrow for "Fossil Friday." Tune in at 1 p.m. ET. for a live Zoom video webinar with Smithsonian paleontologist Laura Soul.

Parents and caregivers: Do you need a break? Well on “Fossil Friday,” April 3 at 1 pm ET, we’ve got a science enrichment activity for your children: A live Zoom video webinar with Smithsonian Paleontologist Laura Soul! The topic is “Ancient Sea Monsters: Meet a Pliosaur,” and she’ll show a pliosaur fossil and answer questions about it. Learn more. https://naturalhistory.si.edu/events/video-webinar-fossil-friday-paleontologist-laura-soul

Don't miss this Smithsonian Science How webcast this Thursday! Connect your students to a Smithsonian scientist via Zoom...
03/31/2020

Don't miss this Smithsonian Science How webcast this Thursday! Connect your students to a Smithsonian scientist via Zoom.

Educators and caregivers, connect your students to a scientist who does research in the highest mountains on Earth! Join a live Zoom webinar, Thursday, April 2, with Ornithologist Sahas Barve to explore how birds stay warm in cold places, like the Himalayas. The webinar is FREE and supports standards in Life Science. Learn more. https://naturalhistory.si.edu/events/video-webinar-how-birds-stay-warm-ornithologist-sahas-barve

Need new ways to keep kids engaged with learning while they're not in the classroom? Caregivers, we're here for you.Expl...
03/26/2020

Need new ways to keep kids engaged with learning while they're not in the classroom? Caregivers, we're here for you.

Explore our millions of digital educational resources from Smithsonian Education, with activities geared toward caregivers: https://s.si.edu/2wvdsGF #SmithsonianEdu

Photo: Smithsonian Summer Camp

Don't miss this Smithsonian Science How webcast tomorrow! Connect your students to a Smithsonian scientist via Zoom.
03/26/2020

Don't miss this Smithsonian Science How webcast tomorrow! Connect your students to a Smithsonian scientist via Zoom.

Caregivers and educators, connect your students to a Smithsonian scientist via Zoom on Friday, March 27 at 11am ET.

Paleontologist Karma Nanglu studies fossils that hold clues to some of the earliest life on Earth! In this live webinar students will learn how he reads 500-million-year-old fossils. The webinar is FREE and supports standards in Life Science. Learn more here: https://naturalhistory.si.edu/events/video-webinar-reading-500-million-year-old-fossils-paleontologist-karma-nanglu
#SmithsonianEdu

We can't wait to welcome back The Science Guys of Baltimore this summer to Discovery Theater and Smithsonian Summer Camp...
03/25/2020

We can't wait to welcome back The Science Guys of Baltimore this summer to Discovery Theater and Smithsonian Summer Camp! In the meantime, they're hosting weekly live stream sessions! Tune into today at 2 p.m. ET.

Here's how to watch: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/692643523

Thank you to everyone who tuned in to our first Live Stream session on Monday! We will be doing another live at 1pm CT, 2pm ET tomorrow. By popular demand, our experiment will explore states of matter using our favorite: DRY ICE!

This live stream will include bubbling postions, chemical reactions, and explosions! We'll even be showing you how you can make your own Sprite at home!

Check our stories for a sneak peek.

If you'd like to experiment along with us, you can prepare these items:
-dry ice (call your local grocery store to ask if they carry it! Publix, Harris Teeter, Kroger, Safeway, and Giant often do) (Adult must be present)
-warm water
-glass cup
-dish soap
-old film canister with lid (optional)
-lemon/lime juice
-sugar
-spoon or straw

Reach out to us if you have any questions! See you tomorrow!

Here are some great ideas from Smithsonian Magazine! We love this one: Interview family members and friends to record th...
03/18/2020
How to Virtually Explore the Smithsonian From Your Living Room

Here are some great ideas from Smithsonian Magazine! We love this one: Interview family members and friends to record their oral histories, as outlined in the Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide.

Tour a gallery of presidential portraits, print a 3-D model of a fossil or volunteer to transcribe historical documents

School may be closed, but learning continues. Our Discovery Theater resources page offers playlists and learning guides ...
03/17/2020
Welcome to the Discovery Theater!

School may be closed, but learning continues. Our Discovery Theater resources page offers playlists and learning guides from our most recent performances as well as Creative Tools for Teaching resources to develop interactive activities at home with helpful advice on how to best use techniques of playful engagement. #SmithsonianEdu

We are committed to supporting teachers and their students around the globe as they face unprecedented new learning challenges.  Please see the list below for some Discovery Theater resources that you can use for Distance Learning.  We will continue to expand this list and provide resources to ins...

Educators, we want to hear from you! Smithsonian Education is actively responding to educators' needs and ideas and prov...
03/17/2020

Educators, we want to hear from you! Smithsonian Education is actively responding to educators' needs and ideas and providing assistance in using our resources to meet the challenges of distance learning. Get in touch with our team by emailing [email protected]. #SmithsonianEdu

As schools remain closed, the Smithsonian is committed to supporting teachers and students by providing free, quality re...
03/17/2020
Smithsonian Distance Learning Resources

As schools remain closed, the Smithsonian is committed to supporting teachers and students by providing free, quality resources and personalized help at learninglab.si.edu/distancelearning.

Smithsonian Education's Learning Lab offers millions of digital resources from across our Smithsonian museums, research centers and libraries. Resources focus on pre-K through 12 education and include lesson plans tied to national learning standards and a variety of low-tech and no-tech solutions for students without reliable internet access. #SmithsonianEdu

Resources, training, and support to assist caregivers, teachers, and students as they face new learning challenges.

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03/13/2020
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As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will temporarily close to the public starting Saturday, March 14. We will provide updates on social media and on our website.

03/12/2020

In support of the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, Smithsonian Associates has put all public programs on hold—which includes Discovery Theater performances. At this time, all performances for the remainder of the school year are cancelled. We will continue to provide updates here in regards to our summer season which is scheduled to begin June 25. If you would like to make a reservation for a summer performance, please email us at [email protected].

All ticket holders and school groups will be notified of cancellations and we will process credits/refunds as soon as possible. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

To check out our Digital Resources, please visit discoverytheater.org/digitalresources.

Smithsonian Sleepovers are on sale now! 13 overnight adventures at 3 museums from May-August for ages 8-14.Will you go o...
03/06/2020
Smithsonian Sleepovers presented by Smithsonian Associates

Smithsonian Sleepovers are on sale now! 13 overnight adventures at 3 museums from May-August for ages 8-14.

Will you go on a cross-country road trip at the National Museum of American History? Take off on a mission to discover the world of flight at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution's Udvar Hazy Center? Or journey back in time to discover a pre-historic world at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History?

Special rates are available for groups of 10+ and military families. Link below for tickets!

02/25/2020
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Big news here at the Smithsonian today! Download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking.

The #SmithsonianOpenAccess launch includes about 2.8 million of digital collection images and nearly two centuries of data, with content across disciplines—from portraits of historic American figures to 3D scans of dinosaur skeletons.

The Smithsonian's treasures belong to you. Now you can download, transform and share the Smithsonian’s Open Access content for any purpose, for free, without further permission from the Smithsonian.

We can't wait to see how you get creative with about 2.8 million Smithsonian collection images, 3D models, data and research.

Tune in to our #SmithsonianOpenAccess event tonight at 7:15 p.m. ET at si.edu/OpenAccess.

02/23/2020

We're hiring P/T

Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️
02/14/2020
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Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️

Happy Valentine's Day! Explore these vintage valentines and other cute collections from across the Smithsonian.

Tickets are on sale now for our Summer 2020 season! We're thrilled to have SOLE Defined Live, The Science Guys of Baltim...
02/12/2020
Welcome to the Discovery Theater!

Tickets are on sale now for our Summer 2020 season!

We're thrilled to have SOLE Defined Live, The Science Guys of Baltimore, Taratibu Youth Association, The Uncle Devin Show, and Reptiles Alive! LLC back, and we're welcoming Rainbow Rock Band for the first time!

Click the link below for dates, times, and full descriptions. We can’t wait to see you this summer on the National Mall!

02/06/2020
Hear Me Say My Name

"I am not your mascot, and I don't live in a tipi. See me for who I am, hear me say my name." This original multimedia play, created in collaboration with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, tackles America's assumptions about American Indians and starts a conversation with audiences reclaiming rich history, challenges, hopes and dreams.

Come enjoy this unique and powerful multimedia play! Tickets are FREE! Recommended for Grades 5-12. School and public performances available. Group reservations needed. Performances run select days through May.

More info and schedule: https://s.si.edu/HearMeSayMyName

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
02/04/2020

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

Teachers, connect your students to a scientist who does research in the highest mountains on Earth! Take a virtual trip to the Smithsonian on February 6 for a live webcast with Ornithologist Sahas Barve and explore how birds stay warm in the Himalayas and other cold habitats. The webcast is FREE and supports standards in Life Science. Register today: https://naturalhistory.si.edu/education/distance-learning/how-birds-stay-warm-ornithologist-sahas-barve

National Museum of American History
01/20/2020

National Museum of American History

Looking for resources to talk about the Civil Rights movement with the young people in your life? From videos to lesson plans, resources on our History Explorer site is here to help. https://s.si.edu/2ukVIMl

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
01/11/2020

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

Teachers, this year our live “Smithsonian Science How” webcasts will explore birds, fish, fossils, and gems and minerals.

Bring our scientists into your classroom with these free programs that take questions from your students. All shows are aligned with science standards. Check out the 2020 schedule and register today! https://naturalhistory.si.edu/education/distance-learning

The 2020 Smithsonian Summer Camp brochure is now listed on our website! Start planning your next Smithsonian summer adve...
12/22/2019

The 2020 Smithsonian Summer Camp brochure is now listed on our website! Start planning your next Smithsonian summer adventure: https://s.si.edu/Camp2020

Camp registration begins Feb. 11 at 9 a.m.

We made it! Our annual hit, Seasons of Light, is now closed! Thank you to an amazing cast for powering through 34 perfor...
12/20/2019

We made it! Our annual hit, Seasons of Light, is now closed! Thank you to an amazing cast for powering through 34 performances this month! We've welcomed over 6,400 people through our doors since December 1!

From our family to yours, we wish you the happiest holidays! We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
12/10/2019

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

Teachers, here’s another chance to connect your students to real research and experts! Take a virtual trip to the Smithsonian on December 12 for a live webcast with Paleobiologist Advait Jukar to explore fossil elephants and elephant evolution. The webcast is FREE and supports standards in Life Science and Earth Science. Learn more and register today! https://naturalhistory.si.edu/education/distance-learning/forgotten-elephants-deep-time-paleobiologist-advait-jukar

We are honored and excited to be a part of this beautiful show that opened today Smithsonian's National Museum of the Am...
11/08/2019

We are honored and excited to be a part of this beautiful show that opened today Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian! Co-written by Discovery Theater Director, Roberta Gasbarre, and Ty Defoe (Ojibwe and Oneida).

Performances run select days through May, 2020. Recommend for Grades 5-12. There is no cost for tickets but groups need to reserve in advance through the Museum’s Reservations Department at 202-633-6644.

Back by popular demand! Grandma has arrived for the holiday—and that can only mean making puppets, cooking together, was...
11/07/2019

Back by popular demand! Grandma has arrived for the holiday—and that can only mean making puppets, cooking together, washing the car, and learning lots of fun new things.

Come see this musical play with a great big heart that brings the whole audience into the family with singing, finger play, and call-and response as we all give thanks for being together. Ages 3-6.

Tickets are still available for our Nov. 25 performance at 11:30 a.m.

Get tickets: https://s.si.edu/GrandmasThanksgivingVisit

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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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