The Drama of Metamorphosis

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The Drama of Metamorphosis

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In the Drama of Metamorphosis, a unique theatre residency, Katherine uses the tools of an actor to creatively explore a complex, natural process. Through costumes, voice and movement, students explore the metamorphosis and life cycle of a butterfly. The student actors learn to transform themselves into the characters in the Drama of Metamorphosis. The basics of this residency can also be a one-day workshop.

Sample Common Core connections
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.3 Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.


Typically, residencies range from $2,000 to $3,000, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backwards’ to create a cost-effective residency for your school. We may be able to assist you in securing grant and funding opportunities.

Residencies are tailored to your needs but usually include:

  • A kick-off assembly
  • A required orientation meeting and planning session
  • A set of workshops for classes of up to 25 students each
  • A student culminating or sharing event
  • An evaluation meeting

For a rough estimate, residency prices include:

  • Artist assembly (see artist’s page for pricing)
  • A set of workshops ($100 each)
  • A required orientation meeting and planning session ($100 each)
  • An evaluation meeting ($100)
  • Mileage and supply costs depend on artist location and the residency chosen.

“Recently our students enjoyed the privilege of a visit from Ms. Katherine Lyons, a.k.a. “Catherine Curiosity.” She engaged our students in an exciting, interactive program called, “The Drama of Metamorphosis”. This presentation actively involved our students in a reenactment of the life cycle of a butterfly. Through costumes, movement, and drama, the students thoroughly enjoyed this program, while reinforcing the academic content of our science program. We were very fortunate to have her as a returning artist, and we highly recommend her to any elementary school.”

Allison, Mary, and Treasure, First Grade teachers, Cedarmere Elementary