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Humans learn, remember and relate through story. Live theatre is a unique and powerful experience that fosters imagination, listening skills, abstract thinking, and empathy. We collaborate with STEM educators to ensure academic integrity in our fully realized theatrical productions that communicate science and math through the connection of human stories.

Curie Me Away!

CURIE ME AWAY!

A radioactive musical based on the science, life and discoveries of Marie Curie. Core chemistry concepts (compounds and reactions, groupings on the periodic table, transmutation, radioactive half-life) are reinforced through lyrical metaphor in a biography of discovery. With emotional range, a powerful message for women in STEM and their collaborators, and lots of science–it’s the radical story of a persistent woman who changed our understanding of the universe. 

“[this] charming musical portrait is a delight from start to finish...combines art and education in a completely unique and entertaining way.”

-Salt Lake Tribune
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recommended audience: middle school, high school, college, adult
Recommended supplemental workshops: 
Acting Out in Class, Sing a Song of Science, Exhilarating Experiments and Dramatic Discoveries

TESLA FROM THE MACHINE

A one-man tour-de-force brings the inner world of electrical giant Nikola Tesla to life as the inventor examines his humanity in a world of technology. Featuring re-creations of electrical experiments from the 1890s—including the induction motor, the world’s first robot and a live Tesla Coil, this electrifying story for the ‘current’ age explores the experience of an immigrant who shaped the future of America.

“Remarkably ambitious...There’s a slow build as the audience realizes the breadth of Tesla’s genius...Coates wins us over with his intensity and commitment.”

-Cincinnati City Beat
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recommended audience: high school, college, adult
Recommended supplemental workshops: 

Acting Out in Class, Exhilarating Experiments and Dramatic Discoveries, Showing Your Science

Tesla From The Machine

CALCULUS: THE MUSICAL!

A comic adventure through the peaks and troughs—and concepts and history—of Calculus. Ada, a modern math student, joins forces with Sir Isaac Newton in a buddy comedy for the ages! Archimedes, Robert Hooke, Gottfried Leibniz, L’Hopital and Riemann are part of the action. Musical parodies that span genres introduce and illuminate concepts of limits, integration and differentiation. Hilarious, catchy songs deliver powerful mnemonic content proven to get stuck in students’ heads, bringing the instantaneous rate of change and the area under the curve vividly alive with an unforgettable soundtrack!

“Hysterically amusing as well as educational...All this information is imparted seamlessly through witty dialogue and musical parodies.. tour-de-force performances.”

-Drama In The Hood
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recommended audience: high school, college, adult
Recommended supplemental workshops: 
Acting Out in Class, Sing a Song of Science

VOYAGERS - Debuting March, 2020

In a partnership with University of Colorado-Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium, Matheatre’s most ambitious production ever brings the audience along on an expedition that changed humanity forever—NASA’s Voyager mission. Take the grand tour of the solar system in an immersive planetarium experience enhanced by the emotional immediacy of live musical theatre. Available exclusively to planetaria starting spring, 2020.

For information and ideas about partnering your school or arts organization with a local planetarium venue, contact sadie@matheatre.com.

Runtime: 60 minutes
Recommended audience: middle school, high school, college, adult
Recommended supplemental workshops: 

Acting Out in Class, Sing a Song of Science, Exhilarating Experiments and Dramatic Discoveries, Showing Your Science

Voyagers

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Contact us for rates and availability. Want the experience to have even more impact? 

Consider a supplemental workshop!

Standard Workshops

Your Matheatre experience can resonate in the classroom long after the theatre lights go down. Our specially designed workshops directly translate theatrical skills into science communication, sharing arts-based skills to enrich vocabulary for educators and students to engage with STEM.

Acting Out in Class: Theatre as a Learning Tool

Academics focuses on the acquisition and retention of concepts, while the arts focus on empowering student voice. Blending the two helps students take charge of their education for a richer learning experience. Sadie and Ricky will share techniques from the realm of theatre—including character development, narrative structure, and comedy technique- to incorporate performing arts into lessons of any subject.

 

Recommended audience: Educators

Recommended to pair with any of our productions

Exhilarating Experiments and Dramatic Discoveries

Science is full of stories and telling them well is an art. Professional theatre artists Ricky Coates and Sadie Bowman will share arts-based tools for telling your stories with confidence, integrity, dramatic effect and emotional immediacy. Participants will learn to find the stories in scientific processes and humanize abstract science principles.

 

Recommended audience: Educators, museum professionals, researchers

Recommended to pair with Curie Me Away!, Tesla From the Machine, Voyagers

Showing Your Science: Presentation for Non-Performers

Nikola Tesla was renowned for his electrical presentations. His peers said he would astound the crowd and then explain the science in an engaging and easily understandable manner. Especially helpful to researchers and students of science and engineering, the class will learn about structure techniques and delivery tips to make any presentation easier and more exciting to deliver.

 

Recommended audience: Students, researchers, educators

Recommended to pair with Tesla From the Machine, Curie Me Away!

Sing a Song of Science: Songwriting and Parody Craft

From the classic stick-in-your-head parodies of “Calculus: The Musical!” to chemistry-packed original tunes in “Curie Me Away!” and space age disco inspired “Voyagers,” music is a powerful way to connect with learners and communicate a memorable message. Songwriter and lyricist Sadie Bowman will share some techniques to develop solid educational parodies and basics of composing original songs to make your presentations SING!

 

Recommended audience: Educators, museum professionals, students, anyone interested in music

Recommended to pair with Curie Me Away!, Calculus: The Musical!, Voyagers

In-Depth and Custom Workshops

Looking for a memorable team building exercise? Want to harness your group’s creativity and see more musicals about math and science let loose upon the world? Contact us to plan an in-depth half- or full-day experience that will lead your group through the process of creating their own original mini-musical.

Have an idea or a particular curiosity that’s not covered in our standard workshop menu? We can tailor make an experience for your group.

Since 2016, Matheatre has worked with and performed for the following institutions:

Science Centre Singapore
National Taiwan Science Education Center
National Atomic Testing Museum
University of Nebraska-Omaha
UNC Charlotte
University of Arizona
Phoenix college
Chandler Gilbert Community College
Central Connecticut State University
Bellevue College
Science Centre Singapore
National Taiwan Science Education Center
National Atomic Testing Museum
University of Nebraska-Omaha
UNC Charlotte
University of Arizona
Phoenix college
Chandler Gilbert Community College
Central Connecticut State University
Bellevue College

Science Centre Singapore • National Taiwan Science Education Centre • National Atomic Testing Museum (part of the Smithsonian Institution) • Las Vegas Clark County Library District • Association of Science and Technology Centers • Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics • Boston Conservatory (guest speakers) • Cincinnati Fringe Festival • 18th and Union, Seattle, WA • Lesser Known Players/Rolling Bay Hall, Bainbridge Island, WA • Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival • Carriage House Theatre, Hartford, CT • Know Theatre of Cincinnati, OH • ViSta Theatre, Fresno, CA • InFringe Festival, New Orleans, University of Nebraska-Omaha • University of Arizona • Phoenix College • Ursinus College • Girl Day, UT Austin • Portland State University • University of Washington-Tacoma • Oregon State University • Chandler-Gilbert Community College • Eastern Arizona College • Bellevue College • University of Southern Indiana • University of Toledo • Rhodes College • University of North Carolina-Charlotte • CsZ Theatre, Portland, OR • Rochester Community and Technical College, MN • Central Connecticut State University • Westminster College (guest speakers) • Durfee High School, Fall River, MA • Germantown HS, Germantown, NY • Ryle HS, Union, KY • Kettering Fairmont HS, Kettering, OH • Lakes Community HS, Lake Villa, IL • Canton HS, Canton, IL • Park Hill South HS, Riverside, MO • Heritage HS, Littleton, CO • Monarch HS, Louisville, CO • Silver Creek HS, Longmont, CO • Sterling HS, Baytown, TX • Fort Worth ISD, Fort Worth, TX • Tompkins HS, Katy, TX • Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga, TN • Grant County HS, KY • Anderson HS, Cincinnati, OH • Archbishop McNicholas HS, Cincinnati, OH • Ursuline Academy, Cincinnati, OH • Bemidji HS, Bemidji, MN • White Bear Lake HS, White Bear Lake, MN • Plano Senior HS, Plano, TX • Tartan HS, Oakdale, MN • Metamora HS, Metamora, IL • Deerfield HS, Deerfield, IL • Plainfield HS, Plainfield, IL • Ankeny HS, Ankeny, IA • Standley Lake HS, Westminster, CO • South Grand Prairie HS, Grand Prairie, TX • Timber Creek HS, Keller, TX • Livermore HS, Livermore, CA • Keller HS, Keller, TX • Parkway West HS, Ballwin, MO • Simon Kenton HS, Independence, KY • Curtis HS, Staten Island, NY • Tift County HS, Tifton, GA • Columbus HS, Columbus, GA • Big Walnut HS, Sunbury, OH • Des Moines Central Academy, Des Moines, IA • Clayton HS, Clayton, MO • Dunlap HS, Dunlap, IL • Foster HS, Richmond, TX • Central HS, Keller, TX • Paschal HS, Fort Worth, TX • Franklin HS, El Paso, TX • Higley HS, Chandler, AZ

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