Information about our Educational and Outreach Programs

INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL CENTER AND ITS PROGRAMS

Building international cultural awareness through art is what makes the Ambassador Theatre a truly unique vehicle for spreading knowledge about multiculturalism to both adults and children. Attracting people of all ages to participate in its educational programs has been one of the Theatre's principal goals, however engaging youth has had its special focus in recognition of the crucial importance of exposing young minds to information about the world. In the current global environment understanding cultural differences and needs is essential in being able to both contribute to and gain from the multicultural community.
The philosophy of the program is simple, its methods effective.  The programs objectives are achieved through a model of an interactive learning, whereby students directly participate in a range of drama, movement and art activities. Our instructors are recognized professionals and come from a range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, thus bringing a valuable cross-cultural expertise to the teaching- learning experience.

Ambassadors of International Culture

The District of Columbia is unique among American communities in its great concentration of embassies and international dignitaries. Despite only being a few miles away from these great resources, many students within and around the District of Columbia have little knowledge of the world outside their neighborhoods. Through the Ambassador of International Culture program, we hope to make these resources more accessible to urban students and enrich the students through interaction with persons of different cultures.

Under the program, the Center forms a close relationship with one of the District of Columbia’s many embassies, both to help tailor the interactive learning program to the selected culture, and to provide students with a hands-on opportunity to interact with persons from the culture. Working together, the Center and the embassies can create an environment that allows for students to gain a greater cultural understanding than through either resource alone.

For instance, as a result of the embassy adoption program with the Polish Embassy, the students in the program had the opportunity to travel to Poland to give a performance at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw at the special invitation of the First Lady of Poland, Mrs. Maria Kaczyńska. This program gave the students an opportunity to exchange ideas, not only amongst themselves and with instructors, but also with persons who are members of the culture that the students were studying at a given time, and provided for further cultural enrichment of the students by immersion in Polish culture through the duration of the trip. 

ATICC EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS:

Ambassador Theater Studio Classes

Ambassador Theater offers studio classes exploring international literature and drama through movement, voice and improvisation. Through Ambassador Theater’s unique international cultural exchange, the students have the opportunities to experience Art and Drama in both enriching and innovative ways, sure to inspire both individual and collaborative growth in years beyond.  Classes, taught by highly experienced professionals from all over the world, are available for three age groups: Globetrotters (4-6 years old), Voyagers (7-9 years old), and Explorers (10 and up). 

Ambassadors of International Culture Outreach Programs

Ambassadors of International Culture is an interactive educational program, which exposes students to a variety of cultures through theater. The Ambassador Theater brings resources from local embassies to help provide students with enrichment activities, allowing them to become well-educated global citizens and interact with international leaders of today.  Showcased in their artwork, theater games and performance, this program connects to the students’ studies in school, improving their overall academic performance, reading and comprehension skills, and concentration and memorization ability.

Summer Theater Production Camps

Ambassador Theater offers two different summer camps, both of which use international literature as a platform for artistic creation and performance.  Both camps provide a well-rounded production experience from a multicultural standpoint, ending with a showcase. Through both individual work and teamwork the students will open their minds to endless possibilities.  Professional instructors guide them through scene work, theater games, and activities in projection and movement. Children ages 4-13 will enjoy a two week camp at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater in Alexandria, VA, and teens ages 12 and up  will experience mounting a three week full scale production at the Source Theater, in Washington, DC.

Special Workshops and Educational Lectures:

Play-reading Workshops: Ambassador Theater’s play-reading workshops offer the opportunity to discover plays from all over the world and tap into the various cultures within them.  Through these readings, participants get the chance to collaborate with esteemed designers, directors, playwrights, and actors from all over the world and discuss the plays on a deep, thought-provoking level.

Workshops with International Guest Artists: Ambassador Theater’s Guest artist workshops offer exciting openings into the world of artists and scholars from all over the globe. Experts in their fields, the topics of these workshops range, including a variety of different styles in acting, play-writing, directing, and production. Using lectures and question and answer settings, participants will learn the specific style of the speaker and relate that knowledge into their own work and beyond.

Private and Group Workshops: Success in Auditions with Lilia Slavova

Part of the “Smart Actors-Stupid Choices “Series

Learn to make strong, specific and memorable choices for your monologue and cold reading while you get introduced to powerful audition techniques.

Lilia Slavova’ direct, personal, honest and practical approach comes from years of experience as an award winning actor, director, choreographer, puppeteer and published author. Member of SAG, AFTRA ,Equity, Lilia has been attending the Actor’s Center and the League Auditions for the last 15 years in a casting capacity; this and her international theatrical experience makes her ideal coach for helping you achieve your auditioning and professional goals.

Lilia’s work with preparing students for colleges is fantastic since the success of her student entering the collages of their choice is 100% plus the scholarships they receive! To register, please e-mail us at: ambassadortheater@aticc.org 

Internship Program

Ambassador Theater International Cultural Center is offering special internship programs for talented students to provide the students opportunities to learn more about the workings of the theater in many areas:

  • Production and House Management
  • Technical Support in the Set Construction, Costumes, Props, Lights and Stage Management
  • Marketing and Development
  • Acting Internships

SUMMER PRODUCTION CAMPS (Age Groups:  4-6,  7-9, 10 +, and teens 12-18) 

  • At the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater | June 24 – July 5, 2013
  • At Source theater |  July 15- August 3, 2013  

Contact us for more information about a specific program at ambassadortheater@aticc.org

International Cultural Center