Educational Outreach


Syracuse Stage is committed to providing students with rich theatre experiences that connect to and reveal what it is to be human.

Research shows that students who participate in or are exposed to the arts show higher academic achievement, stronger self-esteem, and better ability to plan and work toward a future goal. Live performance provides children and young adults with a unique sensory experience that enriches classroom study and promotes creative expression and cultural awareness. Each season, Syracuse Stage engages over 21,000 students from all across New York State with a variety of programs.


artsEMERGING, an in-depth arts experience [more]

Bank of America Children's Tour, for elementary school audiences [more]

Random Acts, summer theatre intensive for high school students [more]

Student Matinee Series [more]

Young Adult Council, theatrical experience high school group [more]

Young Playwrights Festival, writing the future [more]

Word to the World, young playwrights for change [more]

Education Advocacy Board

The Education Advocacy Board is a group of teachers from the Central New York region who meet four times a year at Syracuse Stage to share their ideas and concerns about current arts education issues. Members work with Education staff at Syracuse Stage to help tailor programming to best fit the educators and students served. This past year topics discussed have included creating more useful study guides, exchanging views on future programming, working towards more effectively engaging young people in the arts, as well as discussing the influence of the Common Core on arts education.

Board Members
Sara Bambino – North Syracuse High School
Todd Benware – Christian Brothers Academy
Elizabeth Defurio – Nottingham High School
Kimberly Doan – Auburn High School
Patricia Farrington – Cicero North Syracuse High School
Joe Goldberg- Jamesville Dewitt High School
Kathleen Pickard- Baker High School
Jenifer Sabatino – Cato Meridian Middle School

About Lauren Unbekant, Director of Education and Outreach

Lauren Unbekant is the Director of Educational Outreach for Syracuse Stage and adjunct faculty for the Syracuse University Department of Drama. 

She has worked extensively as a professional development consultant with organizations such as The Lincoln Center Institute for Aesthetic Education, Harvard's Project Zero, the National Performance Network, and Partners for Arts Education. A Master Teaching Artist with nearly 20 years of experience connecting the artistic process with all kinds of learning, she has developed course work for educators in Critical Thinking Through the Arts.

As a co-founder of the physical theatre company Gams On The Lam and a solo performing artist with MoveInk, she has performed nationally and internationally at such festivals as the Humorologie Festival in Belgium, The International Festival De Pallesos in Barcelona, The International Movement Festival in London, The Festival of International Art in Leon and Puebla, Mexico, and the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen, Colorado. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University.



Lauren Unbekant
Director of Educational Outreach

Kate Laissle
Assistant Director of Education

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