“My experience with WORDTheatre, both in the schools and in performances for general audiences, has been enlightening and uplifting and hilarious and educational. I’ve been exposed to wonderful writers I would not have otherwise encountered, and revelled in their impact on audiences, young and not-so-young. It’s made me a better, more well-rounded, more empathetic person. Thank you, WORDTheatre, for your ongoing gift.”

J. K. Simmons Actor

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Welcome to WORDTheatre Campus

Before books, cultures relied upon oral storytellers to teach values to future generations. WORDTheatre emulates this tradition by giving voice to great writing, taking literature from the page to your classrooms, auditoriums or students’ electronic devices.

Requiring language arts in the school curriculum affirms our shared conviction that understanding the power of the written word is essential for our young people. On a practical level, language arts teach the skills needed to communicate effectively. However, stories also teach something more profound. They teach perspective and compassion. They invite us into other people’s lives, breaking down prejudice and ignorance, helping us to redefine “other” as a different form of “us.” Stories offer us heroes to look up to, often ordinary people like your students, who perform unsung acts of courage.

Bringing great literature to high school and college students is central to our mission. Our objective is to partner with interested schools to make available the WORDTheatre resources that best serve a school’s curriculum. WORDTheatre Campus programs are tailored to support the needs of both public and independent high schools, as well as community colleges, four year colleges and universities.


Since 2003, WORDTheatre has championed stories written by the most compelling contemporary authors with live performances by esteemed actors. They have all been recorded and we offer this rich library as a wonderful resource for you and your teachers.

When students experience stories transformed from the page by WORDTheatre actors — many whom they recognize from TV shows or movies  — they encounter storytelling in its most dynamic and most accessible form. During a performance, students can forget the reader’s tasks of decoding meaning or interpreting tone. Instead, they are swept into the stories, responding intuitively to them, awakening to the ways that literature can speak to them and address the issues they face.

                  “It has been my honor to watch Cedering Fox and her performers and authors change the lives of students at Venice High School, through her amazing WORDTheatre productions.  Her topics are always timely, touching and heart-wrenching, such that students, in their reflections, are left changed as they leave the room.”

– Wendy Sarnoff, Teacher at Venice High School, Venice, California, U.S.A.

                  “Your continued support of Oaklands School means an enormous amount to us and the students are highly engaged by the performances and discussions, during and after your session. We feel very lucky to have this ongoing relationship with WORDTheatre.”

– Rebecca Trenow, Teacher at The Oaklands School, Bethnal Green, London, U.K.




WORDTheatre stories illuminate themes most relevant to students, including:

Prejudice, Power and Social Justice | Exploring Identity – Coming of Age | Family in Focus | On the Emotional Edge – Mental Health | Love Stories | Holiday Stories


Available filmed versions of our live-on-stage, literature based, music-infused events include:

“In the Cosmos…” | “And All That Jazz,” | “Mysteries of the Mind,” | “Dreams,” quotes from Lord Byron to the Beatles | “Burning Hearts: An Epistolary Tale” | “The Road Ahead: A Cheer for Education” | “A Tribute to Langston Hughes” | “Witness: The John Edgar Wideman Experience” | “Notes on Living: The Stories of Brian Doyle” | “The Odyssey,” from Emily Wilson’s recent translation


WORDTheatre produces internationally streamed short story readings followed by a Q & A with the featured writer (s). When appropriate, these can be made available to students and teachers on WORDTheatre’s website. Each school will have its own login administered by a school representative.

We also invite universities and colleges to contact us. We can provide programming that supports creative writing and literature classes. We have recordings of interviews with many of our featured authors to accompany performances of their stories.


Partnering with WORDTheatre in the Schools

Our mission is to bring great literature to schools to help students experience the joy of reading and the power and relevance of great writing. WORDTheatre Campus is a program designed to enhance teachers’ work in the classroom, so we look to you to help us best serve your needs. Our goal is to work with interested schools in the United States and the United Kingdom.


If you would like to receive more information about the kinds of programming we can offer you, whether you are a government-funded (‘ie ‘private in the U.K. and public, Title One’ in the U.S.) school, or a fee-based, (‘private, Independent in the U.S.,’) or a University or College Administrator, please email our Schools Coordinator at: [email protected].



To purchase tickets and be added to our email list, click HERE and become a contributing PATRON or ENTHUSIAST MEMBER or simply sign up to be a FREE LISTENER.

Patrons & Enthusiasts have exclusive access to beautifully filmed versions of most of our events and there are other great perks!

Click HERE to Donate.

Donations &  Memberships support the creation of all our original programming, including our FREE weekly Short Story Podcast  and WORDTheatre Campus. For 20 years, we have been bringing well-known actors & authors into under-resourced schools in Los Angeles and London, From early 2024,  educators and students in classrooms worldwide will be able to sign up to experience free audio and video recordings of live short story performances from our vast archive, paired with study guides, on this new website designed to making literature more exciting & accessible!

WORDTheatre is a 501 (c)(3) in the US Tax ID: #95-4379725 is a Dual Charitable Trust in the UK #1203917.

Paid Memberships and Donations have tax benefits as allowable by law.

Patron & Enthusiast Memberships automatically renew after 3 reminder emails.

(Please note: Event tickets and paid Memberships are transferable but not refundable)