Marti Stevens Interactive Improvisational Theater

Improv Theater Brings Unique Learning Experience to Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives


During the Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives exhibition, actors from the Marti Stevens Interactive Improvisational Theater presented an educational program that portrayed historical Malaga Island residents and possible situations in their lives.

"The Marti Stevens actors dramatized conversation-starting scenarios and discussions that showed emotions, conflicts, attitudes, and motivations," says the museum's chief educator, Joanna Torow. "Students were able to see and hear the real-life situations on Malaga Island in new ways, and that led to discussions about tolerance, civil rights, and social justice."

Seventeen eighth grade students from Rangeley Lakes Middle School travelled to attend the first performance by the Marti Stevens actors in early 2013. Four of the students even performed with the Marti Stevens actors. "Overall, the students loved the whole experience," said Kelsey Orestis, eighth grade language arts teacher at the school. "The kids who were able to participate in the skits were really taken by the whole thing."