Learning through the Arts

Video Production for the Performing Arts

This is a course for high school students. From setting up a camera to shooting, editing, and uploading content, students learn all aspects of video production. They put their skills to use by serving as the crew for many of our live-streamed and recorded events.   Endorsed by the Virginia Department of Education, this semester course is eligible for a .5 independent study credit for high school students. 

Learn more!

Watch Bardathon 2018, streamed and recorded live from the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse by Video Production students.

Greater Richmond Wolf Trap

Our previous arts-integrated early childhood literacy program is now operating as Greater Richmond Wolf Trap!  It replicates Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts’ proven model for early childhood arts integration by using music, theater, and dance to teach early literacy skills in Richmond-area schools.

Learn more about our partnership with Wolf Trap.

Artist Residencies

Through a variety of school-day and after-school settings, teaching artists work with teachers to apply the arts to teaching in all areas of the curriculum, including the performing arts. RPAA can recommend teaching artists for grant programs or also tailor an artist residency experience to meet your school’s needs. For more information contact Education Assistant Melissa Rayford at or (804) 592-3381.

Performance-based Learning Events

In conjunction with performances at RPAA venues, performance-based learning events include our Wells Fargo OnStage School Series and Bardathon — an annual collaboration with Quill Theatre that brings high school theater teams together to perform a classic work of the Bard. We also live-stream Cast Chat-Backs featuring actors from the touring Broadway in Richmond series and master classes and lecture-demonstrations with other touring artists. To receive information on upcoming opportunities, please contact Education Assistant Melissa Rayford at or (804) 592-3381.


For eight years now, RPAA has partnered with Quill Theatre to present Bardathon, the region’s only non-competitive theater festival program. Sponsored by the Richmond Chapter of the English Speaking Union, Bardathon brings high school theater teams from across the region together, to Dominion Energy Center, to perform a work of the Bard. Teams are assigned scenes from the year’s chosen work. They then rehearse for months at their (respective) schools, putting their own interpretation of scene (small props), costume and other aesthetic choices to their performance. Finally, the teams ascend on the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse to perform the piece in its entirety. The performance is live-streamed for parents and peers to watch, including a team from St. Petersburg, Russia who have participated in the program for six years running.

Professional Development

Richmond Performing Arts Alliance (RPAA) provides professional development for teachers and Teaching Artists that introduces new strategies for teaching in the arts, as well as applying the arts across the curriculum.

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