Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Engagement in the Arts is essential to every student, teacher, and community member. With this belief is at its core, the Van Wezel is committed to assuring each student receives a well-rounded education, each teacher has tools and resources to reach every student, and every community member has access to meaningful arts experiences.

Schooltime Performances for 2021-22 School Year
Providing Schooltime Performances during the school year is one of our most exciting adventures. The Van Wezel Education department is thrilled to announce the return of Schooltime Performances back to the stage.

Please check our website for more updates and information. If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Lindsey at (941) 263-6750 or



FREE Opportunities for physical and remote learners. Our Teaching Artist led Explorations are all available Virtually and In Person!

Experience the best in the performing arts and nationally recognized arts integration programming VIRTUALLY- Anywhere!


  777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236


FREE: Van Wezel presents F.A.M. (Feelings Addressed Mindfully): Social Emotional Learning Through the Arts

Program description

These interactive, zoom based experiences, are designed to guide students into creating a mindful space to be available and present for learning. The goal is to help students feel better so they can learn better. We connect Drama, Movement, and Writing to CASEL competencies of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. Experiences can be done in any order or quantities.

Workshops are available virtually or in person.

All FAM Workshops are FREE for 2021-2022.

You may select one visit, three visit, or 5 visit residencies. Longer residencies are available upon request.

To make workshop reservations visit:

Your FAM residency is customizable from the following workshops:


Self-Awareness and Movement- Creative movement practices to discover and transform physical sensations, emotions, and thoughts

Self-Awareness and Writing-Creative writing exercises focused on exploring and identifying feelings, thoughts, and emotions

Self-Awareness and Drama- Improvisational and dramatic exercises designed to explore and identify emotions and needs.


Self-Management and Movement- Creative Movement practices to regulate energy; control the body and balance mental & emotional wellbeing.

Self-Management and Writing-Creative writing practices that help identify and regulate thoughts and behaviors in different scenarios.

Self-Management and Drama- Improvisational and dramatic exercises designed to manage and transform feelings and emotions.

Social- Awareness

Social-Awareness and Movement- Creative movement practices to highlight individual expression and an honoring of diversity.

Social-Awareness and Writing- Creative and reflective exercises that explore diverse perspectives, and help students empathize with others.

Social-Awareness and Drama- Explores perspective, diversity and empathy through a series of dramatic and improvisational exercises.

Relationship Skills

Relationship Skills and Movement- Movement exercises to develop healthy connections through clear body language, creative risk-taking, contrast and response.

Relationship Skills and Writing- Reflective and creative writing practices that help develop positive relationships, and collaborate with diverse people in various situations.

Relationship Skills and Drama- Practicing interactions, conversations and debates through drama games and improvisation.

Responsible Decision Making

Responsible Decision Making and Movement- Creative movement practices to develop problem solving skills and personal responsibility in consideration of everyone’s safety.

Responsible Decision Making and Writing- Creative writing practices that promote curiosity and open-mindedness in order to make positive choices through reflection.

Responsible Decision Making and Drama- Problem solving techniques, taking action and evaluation through drama and improvisational games.

Booking / scheduling contact

Mia Strickland


Program detail
Artistic discipline:
Cultural Origin: Array, Array
Program type: In-School Exploration, Online Virtual Exploration
Population served: 3-5, K-2
Subject: Dance, Health, Language Arts, Theater
Bilingual: No



777 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota FL 34236

Fees / Ticketing:


* This Program is available at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year.


Is transportation needed for this exploration?: No

Program info

Summer or Family Programs Offered?: yes