Education Updates & Poetry Out Loud

by:  Alex Truppi at 11/22/2013

As you know, it’s been an exciting time for us here in Boston. The World Series brought really phenomenal energy to Boston and we had a great time watching it all unfold. We also thoroughly enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek way Pinsky further immortalized the emotional sentiments expressed by Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz back in April—A clear example of the power of language, right? But although the baseball season is over, we still have lots to be excited about!  Poetry Out Loud registrations are off and rolling, and we are thrilled to see so many schools joining us yet again.

2013 Massachusetts Poetry Out Loud Champion Courtney Stewart

If you haven’t yet signed up, please be sure to fill out the web form by Friday, December 20. Remember: Participation in Poetry Out Loud is free of charge, but you MUST register with the Huntington Theatre Company to participate in the Massachusetts Poetry Out Loud competition.  When you register, you will receive a fabulous teacher packet full of great lesson plans and materials created by the National Endowment for the Arts to help you integrate the program into your curriculum.

We’re also happy to announce a new opportunity for school-winners to hone their skills and practice their poems. This year, the Huntington Theatre Company will offer free workshops a week in advance of each regional semi-final competition. In these workshops, led by Huntington Education staff, students will:

  • Learn relaxation exercises they can use to calm their nerves;
  • Practice warm-ups to develop physical and vocal expression;
  • Refine their recitations through coaching from Teaching Artists;
  • Celebrate their shared love of poetry and performance with their peers.

These workshops are not mandatory, but we strongly recommend students participate if their schedule allows.  It serves as a great opportunity to get in some extra rehearsal and ask any lingering questions about the competition process.  Teachers are also welcome to attend.

    Cape Cod and Springfield

  • Winners’ Workshops: Sunday, February 23
  • Regional Semi-Final Competitions: Sunday, March 2

Specific times and locations for the workshops will be announced in late January/early February.  In the meantime, keep these dates on your calendar so you can provide the information to your winner following the in-school competition.

Remember that only poems found in the online anthology are eligible for use in Poetry Out Loud 2013-14. If you have an older edition of the hard copy anthology, please note that poems are periodically cycled out.  Be sure to cross check students’ selections with the online version.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at


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One of the most extensive and admired programs in the country, the Huntington’s Education Department serves more than 30,000 students, teachers, and community organizations each year with student matinees, state-wide Poetry Out Loud and the August Wilson Monologue Competition

This blog will feature updates from Donna Glick, Director of Education, Meg O'Brien, Manager of Education Operations, Alexandra Truppi, Education Manager for Curriculum & Instruction, as well as students and community members who have been involved the Huntington's programs.

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