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Paramount Academy for the Arts

The Paramount Academy for the Arts increases access to the arts, integrates the theatre into Austin-area classrooms, and teaches theatre as a means of igniting students’ intellect and imagination. We reach 22,000 students each year throughout Central Texas with a focus on Title I schools. In addition, our school-based theatre programs align closely with the TEKS and provide an important resource for teachers wishing to create a more engaging, dynamic classroom experience for their students.

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Paramount Summer Theatre Camps:

The Paramount Academy for the Arts’ Summer Theatre Camps include classes in acting, improvisation, creative drama, Shakespeare, and musical theatre and are taught by professional trained actors, musicians, and dancers. Because students learn differently, our classes engage students by tapping into each child’s individual strengths. The program also offers more than $10,000 in scholarships to students who would otherwise not be able to afford them. [Learn More]

School Shows


School Matinees:

In 2012-13, nearly 15,000 K-12 students from all over Central Texas attended a Student Matinee at the historic Paramount Theatre. The matinees not only expose students to world-class theatrical performances but also introduce them to a vital piece of Austin’s cultural heritage.  Students also receive study guides that align the play’s themes, characters, and production to the TEKS standards in a range of subjects. [Learn More]

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Access to the Arts:

The Paramount Academy for the Arts partners with more than 40 nonprofits dedicated to Austin’s youth. We thus ensure that children from all backgrounds have access to the arts. Partners include Communities in Schools, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, the Austin Children’s Shelter, and the Down Syndrome Society of Central Texas. The majority of these children would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend an event at the historic Paramount. In 2012-13, we provided more than 1,300 complimentary tickets to children. One mother noted how her son, Nicolas, who attended The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, “had an Ah-ha! moment that day.” She continues: “I cannot pay enough ever for what you did for our son with autism.” [Learn More]

Literacy to Life


Literacy to Life:

Literacy to Life is a school-based literacy program for third graders that uses the theatre to transform students’ understanding and approach to writing. Our professional teaching artists, the Paramount Story Wranglers, use creative writing, improvisation, and role-playing activities to improve students’ writing skills, all while developing their confidence, creativity, and storytelling abilities.  For seven weeks, students write individual and group stories using the Literacy to Life curriculum. Then, the Paramount Story Wranglers collect student stories, adapting them into a full-length sketch production that they perform for the entire school. [Learn More]

Youth Theatre Company


Youth Theatre Company:

Since 2009, the Paramount Academy for the Arts has partnered with the City of Austin/Travis County to hire 20 high school students for five weeks. Students write, rehearse, and perform an original production on the historic Paramount stage as well as at other community organizations. The Youth Theatre Company captures students’ unique voices through activities such as personal journaling, dramatic improvisation, hip-hop dance workshops, and songwriting workshops. In the program, students reflect on their experiences and refine their own ideas before creating a fantastic production for the Austin community. [Learn More]

Teaching the TEKS Through Theatre


STEM through the Arts:

STEM through the Arts uses arts-based instruction to teach fourth graders core science and math content. In this eight-session, in-school residency, teaching artists conduct activities in drama, dance, music, and the visual arts to generate excitement about science and math and improve subject retention. Alongside the core curriculum, students learn performing arts skills that allow them to express themselves clearly and become stronger collaborators. Each residency is tailored to accommodate the classroom teacher’s goals. [Learn More]


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