Arts Touch Overview

For over thirty years, Touchstone Theatre’s professional ensemble of resident theatre artists has pursued our mission to create, present and tour original theatrical work, foster community through artistic collaboration, and cultivate an awareness and appreciation of the performing arts across the Lehigh Valley region and beyond.

Touchstone’s ArtsTouch arts-in-education fulfills Touchstone’s mission by offering innovative theatre arts education program to hundreds of children, teens, and young adults every year. Special focus is given to partnering with organizations and community partners to reach those who might not otherwise experience theatre and to serve an audience diverse in age, experience, and background.

During residencies lasting from one day to one year—in a neighborhood, community center, or K-12 classroom—we unleash the creativity and imagination of the people with whom we work.  Participants learn about themselves, their communities and the art of theatre.  ArtsTouch educational offerings include Young Playwrights’ Lab youth playwriting program, theatre education residencies such as Building Bridges therapeutic drama and Touchstone Teen Ensemble, Camp Touchstone summer day program, Professional Development for teachers and business professionals and custom workshops on original work, theatrical improvisation, theatre games, public speaking and collaborative performance.

Our teaching demonstrates and promotes collaboration, inclusivity, curiosity, and craft. We work closely with teachers and/or community leaders to identify learning objectives and develop methods to connect with each unique population, then lead a sequence of explorations that utilize the principles of creating original theatre to gain new understanding and skills in the given project.

We are committed to ensuring that all participants are creatively engaged and can tailor programs to meet the needs of any group or experience level.  For more information about how Touchstone can serve the needs of your child, classroom or organization, contact Jp Jordan, Artistic Director at jp@touchstone.org or call (610) 867-1689.