Laura Courter, Teaching Artist

Laura Courter, Teaching Artist

Laura Courter has been a Teaching Artist for 25 years. Her degrees in Theatre Arts and English Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have led her into developing innovative children’s educational programming and curriculum design throughout her career. Laura has received Teaching Artist training through the Kennedy Center, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Arts and Science Council of Charlotte in the Art Start program, the South Carolina Arts Commission and Fulton County Arts Council in Atlanta. Since moving to Sarasota, Laura is the Education Coordinator for Players Theatre, a Teaching Artist with the Ed Explore program sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Alliance and the Sarasota County Schools. She is a Van Wezel and an Orlando Repertory Teaching Artist. She has taught classes for Venice Theatre and worked as a Visiting Artist in the Lee County School System.


  1331 Westport Ln, Sarasota, FL 34232



Bringing the Words to Life

Program description

This residency, with teaching artist Laura Courter, is a school-wide theatrical event where your students write a play about a theme of your choosing. With the guidance your young authors will create the content for your schools big production. This is a two week residency for grade levels 2-5, the first week is the “writing week”.  This includes story creation, poetry, dance and music.  All of the original material is collected and a script will be developed into a theatrical presentation.  The second week the Laura returns for production week to direct, choreograph, build the props and rehearse your show.  The week ends in an unforgettable school event.  Great for PTA meetings!  Laura will meet with the grade level teachers to decide the theme.  Those themes could include Folk Tales, Fairy Tales or topics developed around Seminole Native Americans, Heroes, International, Ecology, the Environment, or an aspect of Florida or world history.

Booking / scheduling contact

Laura Courter

   704-560-9218 / 941-552-9578

Program detail
Artistic discipline:
Cultural Origin: Array, Array
Program type: In-School Exploration, Teaching Artist Residency
Population served: 3-5, K-2
Subject: Language Arts, Theater
Bilingual: No

At your school!

Sarasota FL 34232

Fees / Ticketing:


5 day residency $500 per classroom/2 classrooms back to back $900 1 classroom daily rate $150/2 classrooms $250. One hour workshops available $150 per classroom. This includes meeting with the teacher before the residency, and all materials and handouts for the students


Is transportation needed for this exploration?: No
Is financial assistance offered?: Yes

Program info

Summer or Family Programs Offered?: yes