Fair School Partnerships


The FAIR School is an Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource School community servings students in grades 4-8. FAIR was conveyed to the Robbinsdale School District in the summer of 2015. The FAIR School is the result of imaginative educational conception, inventive curriculum planning and innovative architectural design.

Our school community stretches across urban and suburban lines as a collaborative effort involving eleven public school districts: Brooklyn Center, Columbia Heights, Edina, Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Minneapolis, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Anthony-New Brighton, St. Louis Park and Wayzata.

The learning opportunities at FAIR focus on three major areas: Intercultural learning, Fine arts performance and Academic excellence

Along with reading, writing, math, science and other core subjects, students at FAIR School are exposed to each of seven areas in the fine arts: Dance, Theatre, Media arts, Visual arts, Vocal music and Instrumental music

The fine arts are also integrated into academic units. For example, in a science unit students may learn how sound from musical instruments is created. In a social studies unit, students may learn about the cultural and arts traditions of people in other nations. Students may have many opportunities to perform and demonstrate what they have earned in the fine arts.


Stages Theatre Company is proud to be an artist in residence with FAIR-Pilgrim Lane. FAIR-Pilgrim Lane is a unique educational opportunity for students in Kindergarten through Grade 4 where the five arts disciplines are highlighted throughout the curriculum and school day. By experiencing dance, media art, music, visual arts and theater, students at FAIR-Pilgrim Lane learn in and through the arts.

Interdisciplinary arts learning at FAIR-Pilgrim Lane encompasses three main areas. Students receive instruction in music, visual arts and theater with a specialist teacher in each of those areas.

Students have the opportunity to experience a variety of arts during artist residencies and field trips with Stages Theatre Company.

Arts learning strategies and outcomes are infused into literacy, math, science and social studies. Grade level teachers regularly collaborate with arts specialist teachers to create meaningful learning experiences that meet academic standards in both arts and content areas. During a literacy lesson, you may see a class critiquing a work of art; during a math lesson, you may hear students composing their own patterns!

At FAIR-Pilgrim Lane, students develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity.


Stages Theatre Company is proud to be a part of the student enrichment experience through a partnership with FAIR School for Arts.

FAIR School for Arts is the Downtown Minneapolis premier community school. Rooted in arts, equity, innovation and creativity, the FAIR School for Arts provides rich programming, relevant instruction, and fosters high achievement, cultural understanding, global citizenship, and a robust network of partnerships that help engage and empower students in personalizing their learning experience.

FAIR School for Arts provides a safe, integrated, equitable, and multi-generational learning community where rigorous study combined with real world experiences and opportunities allow every student to understand who they are. Students get to know their strengths, talents, and passions so they can engage and transform their world.

SET Story

Turn your classroom into a world of play!
Stages Theatre Company wants to bring the fun and learning of interactive theatre to your school or daycare with Sensory Exploratory Theatre (SET) Story!
Sensory Play provides children with an opportunity to explore the world around them, interact with others, and play.
Through sensory activities, children:
Develop and improve their gross and fine motor skills,
Advance their coordination and concentration,
Learn how to work cooperatively and collaboratively,
Use all their senses in exploring their environment, and
Expand their imagination, creative thinking and problem solving skills.

Using theatrical storytelling and sensory integration activities, our actor educators will guide your students through a dramatic adventure in which they will use their bodies, voices and imaginations to meet characters, become characters, and work together to solve the problems we encounter within the imaginary world of the play.

This year, we are diving deep into our favorite ocean stories and tales with SET Story: Under the Sea!
To encourage the connection of arts and literacy a few books we love to pair with SET Story: Under the Sea are Swimmy, The Pout Pout Fish, Not Quite Narwhal and The Rainbow Fish. And so many more!

WHAT WE NEED TO COME TO YOU: An open space without desks, but no gym please. A multipurpose room is perfect!

TIME COMMITMENT: This is a 30-35 minute experience. We have the ability to repeat SET Story up to 6 times within one school day to accommodate a number of classrooms. The equipment is heavy, so when possible, we prefer to use the same space for multi-performance days.

CAPACITY: With two teaching artists guiding the SET Story experience, we are able to accommodate no more than 25 students per performance. The interactive nature of SET Story is best with at least 10 students. Part of the value of the experience is witnessing others’ participation as well.

WHO is SET for? SET Story is for daycares, preschools, and kindergartens. Additionally, we are able to accommodate for students who have Sensory Processing Disorders but do require notice for appropriate staffing

PRICES: $100 per SET Story experience.

For more information EMAIL or call Megan at 952-979-1117.

In-School Residencies

Residencies and Partnerships

Through a variety of options, students in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota can participate in performing arts workshops or use theatre, improvisation, playwriting, or dance to explore non-theatre curriculum in a dramatic way. Our teaching artists, working professionals from in and around the metro area, collaborate with teachers to “break open” curriculum for students with different styles of learning. They challenge students to reach new levels of curricular understanding through use of arts integrated lessons.Students participating in Stages Theatre Company artist-teacher’s collaborations have shown improved test scores as well as stronger social skills such as leadership and cooperation.

Theatre Arts Residency

Our residencies assist schools in expanding your own arts curriculum. Students are challenged in a positive, supportive and constructive atmosphere that culminates in a final demonstration of skills. Each program can be customized to meet the needs of your individual school and grade’s needs.

Click here to learn more about our Theatre Arts Residency Program
If you are interested in participating, contact Megan Collins, Education Associate at

Theatre Arts Partnership

Teachers and Students Learning Together
Stages Theatre Company’s teaching artists have more than 20 years’ experience “breaking open” curriculum in classrooms from kindergarten through high school. Our arts integrated programs apply creative dramatics activities to any curricular topic in a way that allows students to get the lesson “into their bones.” We find these methods especially suited to the non-traditional learner.
We specialize in custom-tailored programs designed to suit the needs of both you and your students. Our teaching artists work closely with you, the classroom teacher, to create a collaborative partnership that provides an opportunity for you to observe and practice research-based arts strategies at work in your classroom .
Click here to learn more about our Theatre Arts Partnership Program

If you are interested in participating, contact Megan Collins, Education Associate at

Free Curriculum

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Purpose of the Theatre Curriculum
With Make a Scene: K – 6 Theatre Curriculum, we share our expertise in introducing children to the world of theatre. The over 50 warm-ups and learning activities included, all written in accessible language and format, focus on specific skills of acting, dramatizing stories and making meaning through theatre. Activities may be used with students in a variety of different grade and ability levels and within multiple content areas. Sample units demonstrate how teachers and curriculum leaders may strategically pull activities from the K – 6 Theatre Curriculum to support a specific classroom drama project and/or the Minnesota theatre arts content standards..
Click here to learn more about our Free Curriculum Program

For more information EMAIL or call Megan at 952-979-1117.

Your School Play

Stages Theatre Company has a full staff of theater arts professionals experience in all areas of production. We can direct your school play using our directors, choreographers, sets, properties, costumes, and your students!

Perspectives on Peace (PoP)

Perspectives on Peace (PoP) is a statewide arts residency program developed by Stages Theatre Company for 1,200+ Minnesota middle school students. PoP illuminates current world events and broadens students’ attitudes toward tolerance, respect, understanding, and peace using arts-integrated instruction and performance that ties to social studies, language, and arts curricula. Working with professional teaching artists, students discover what peace means to them and creatively express their viewpoints through a multi-media/multi-genre showcase at the end of each residency.
If you are interested in being a Perspectives on Peace school,
contact Megan Collins, Interim Education Director at
952-979-1117 or email

Funding FAQ

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Worried about how to pay for your bus transportation for a field trip? Want to have an artist come to your classroom, but you’re not sure how to make it happen? Are you part of a homeschool co-op wanting to know more about the costs involved in putting up a play? We want to help you make your dramatic dreams a reality and our Funding FAQ page is a great start!
For more information EMAIL or call Megan at 952-979-1117.