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Engaging, enhancing, and inspiring learning

ENCHANTED CIRCLE THEATER is the regional leader in the field of arts integration, using theater arts as a dynamic teaching tool on the stage, in the classroom, and in the community.  We are a professional theater company, a teaching institution, and a community-based arts organization.

Enchanted Circle serves an essential need in education today by fostering creative and critical thinking for people of all ages and abilities. We engage the disengaged.  

We perform. We are a professional theater company. We create and perform original plays on historical, cultural and socially relevant themes designed to engage, educate, and capture the imagination of our audiences.

We teach students. In our artist-in-residence programs, students and teachers are immersed in the creative process of learning as they create and perform original works linked to their curriculum.

We train teachers. Our comprehensive professional development programs focus on integration of the arts into the teaching strategies and curricula of K-12 teachers. We expand the capacity of teachers to integrate the arts into virtually everything they teach as a means to engage all learners.
 
We collaborate in our community. ECT works in partnership with area social service agencies, integrating the arts with family literacy and life skills, and developing socially relevant theater with young people.

 "You bring the joy back into learning for all students!"
 ~Principal, Holyoke, MA

I want you to know that I have tried several of the techniques you presented in our teacher training...The kids have had fun and really enjoyed learning the material I need them to learn. Because it has been fun, the children have put in more effort to know and understand this material. Thanks for helping me know how to interpret content and integrate it with the arts!

— Sharon R, teacher, Northampton

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BETWEEN THE CANALS is Back with TWO FREE performances
BETWEEN THE CANALS: The Evolution of a Mill Town is a Living Museum-styled theater production that transports the audience back in time, from present day Holyoke to the mid-1800s. BETWEEN THE CANALS offers a message of hope for the future, based on the harsh realities and personal triumphs of the past.
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SUPPORT ENCHANTED CIRCLE on Valley GIves Day 12.12.13!
Valley Gives is a 24-hour online giving extravaganza! Last year, 6,646 generous folks throughout the Pioneer Valley came together with local partner organizations and donated $1,174,737 - in one day! It was a very exciting and inspiring day for everyone, including all of us at Enchanted Circle Theater.

It's happening again this year on 12.12.13 and you won't want to miss out. Over 300 fabulous area non-profits are participating and we're hoping to raise $2 million this year!
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ECT's Institute for Arts integration Starts Nivember 9th!
This comprehensive, evidence-based program is designed to train teachers in the pedagogy of arts integration as a method for engaging students in meaningful and memorable learning!

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Massachusetts Cultural Council National Guild for Community Arts Education Arts Learning Passport Holyoke Reading Is Power: Holyoke Can Do It