Reimagining Storytelling with Spellbound Theatre

Feb 4, 2020 10:00 AM
Feb 4, 2020 12:30 PM

The Brotherhood Synagogue 28 Gramercy Park South, New York, New York 10003


“We understand ourselves through the lives of characters in stories” - Louise Rosenblatt.  

How can we use sensory and kinesthetic experiences to tell a story? In this session we will play with finger play, creative drama, and simple materials such as paper, tape, fabric to bring nursery rhymes and picture books alive for your students.

Interactive Storytelling with Spellbound Theatre


Stories help children develop empathy and cultivate imaginative thinking. They invite children to engage with a range of possibilities and emotions. To help children experience the stories being told in your classroom (whether your own or from the pages of a book) we invite you to join us for a workshop presented by Spellbound Theatre, New York’s award-winning theater devoted to creating original, multi-disciplinary performances for very young audiences.

In this workshop you will learn new strategies for connecting story and theater experiences for children. You’ll learn the intersection of theater and storytelling and how it allows children to be at their most expressive. Our presenter will also model how best to introduce art that supports learning and when. We’ll also put theory to practice as we engage in our own sensory and kinesthetic experiences such as finger play and creative drama, and use simple materials such as paper, tape, and fabric to help our stories come alive.


Lauren Jost

Lauren Jost, Founder/Artistic Director, is a theatre artist and arts educator in New York.  She is the Artistic Director of Spellbound Theatre, New York’s award-winning theatre exclusively for the very young.  Lauren can occasionally be found performing as a storyteller and puppeteer, but spends most of her time directing and producing Spellbound’s public, school, and national touring theater productions for children ages 0-5.  Additionally, Lauren works as a Master Teaching Artist in schools, libraries and community centers around New York with organizations such as The New Victory Theater, Lifetime Arts, and New York University.  Lauren is also a mom to J. and L., whose imaginations are her daily inspiration.  Check out her blog on arts education and TYA at


Spellbound Theatre

Spellbound Theatre is New York's award-winning theater devoted to creating original, multi-disciplinary performances for very young audiences. Spellbound produces original plays for audiences ages 0-5 and provides early childhood education programs and community events for young children. We believe that young people deserve sophisticated and innovative art experiences and are constantly inspired by the complex and imaginative world of young children.

Spellbound’s ensemble of artists/educators includes storytellers, puppeteers, physical theater performers, musicians, and visual artists who are all experts in creating educational and creative experiences for early childhood. Working with school-based teachers allows us to share our unique arts and play-based techniques and to support the work that is happening with young children every day in the classroom. Spellbound has brought professional development programs to many schools and organizations around the tri-state area like The International Preschools, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Congregation Beth Elohim, Garden Preschools, All Souls, Olive Treehouse Group and Westchester Community Opportunity Group.

Related Resources

Resource Guide
Explore our evergreen resource guide that is being developed by our Early Childhood and Family Engagement Team. It is in support of and will grow in response to our work and programs around Creativity and The Arts in Early Childhood.
How can we deepen our students' exposure to the arts in a rich and meaningful way? What is the connection to neuroscience and how might that influence how we incorporate the arts or argue for them in our budgets? How does an Arts-based Jewish educational model differ from episodic Arts-based experiences?