Dan Gordon worked as a teaching artist for many years and time and time again, he witnessed the positive effects that the arts have on youth. This led him to create Take the Stage so all kids could have free access to arts education through interactive media.
After reading the Sesame Street biography, Dan discovered that Lloyd Morrisett was the force behind Sesame Street's creation so Dan looked him up and gave him a call. With Lloyd's advice about producing kids TV and a referral, he met Carol-Lynn Parente (former executive producer of Sesame Street) who later came on board as executive producer of Take the Stage. With grants, assistance, and collaborations, here we are today.
To make performing arts education free, fun and accessible for all kids. And, to use the power of the arts to:
Improve the learning impact of educational curriculum
Promote diversity and understanding
Cultivate creative expression
Take the Stage is:
Collaboration makes it happen.
The Kid Advisory Team is important as we believe young voices are absolutely necessary when creating content for them.
The Kids Advisory Team reads the scripts and provide comments before they are finalized along with helping make very important decisions regarding content, humor and music on the show.
A team of education professors provide learning pedagogy during script development. The school districts assist with curriculum alignment, and classroom teachers are consulted throughout the entire process from brainstorming to filming.
PBS Station Affiliates
We love PBS! Houston Public Media partnered with Take the Stage to produce the pilot episode, educational videos, and the "Inside Vibes" interstitial series in Houston.
Now, as this media expands its reach across the country, Take the Stage looks to partner with all PBS stations that believe in the vision to provide free arts education for kids.
Research ensures the Take the Stage videos and materials are educationally effective and they are enjoyed by kids, parents and teachers. With a team of researchers led by Allison Caplovitz, Ph.D. (BLUES CLUES), Take the Stage conducts qualitative and quantitative assessments on every video and lesson plan that is brought into English-speaking and Spanish-speaking classrooms. The feedback from teachers and students guides edits and refinements in all current and future Take the Stage media.
Kathy Starr is the General Manger of Gordon Education and runs the daily operations of Take the Stage. Contact:
Take the Stage is Generously Supported by:
The Brown Foundation of Houston, Inc., The Houston Endowment,
Texas Commission on the Arts, The Baxter Trust, Greggory & Patrick Burk,
Wu Family, Arthur & Philamena Baird, James & Krista Calaway, Andrew Gordon, Victor Kendall, Juliet McBride, Georgia McBride, Chuck Still, Penelope Warga