Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby

by  Actors Company

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Award-winning actor, writer, and teaching artist J.T. Turner appears as F. Scott Fitzgerald to discuss the author's own life, times, and work, with specific focus on The Great Gatsby and its protagonist Jay Gatsby. Participants can be involved throughout, with volunteers reading aloud brief selections from a provided handout, with time for Q and A. Supports ELA and HSS curriculum standards, and can be specifically adapted for schools, as well as adult learning communities.

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Point to Point: $220.00
Point to Point Premium: $200.00
By Request: $220.00
By Request Premium: $200.00

Program fee is for a single site; please contact us for pricing for multiple sites to participate simultaneously. Low income/Title 1 schools are eligible for $20 off Regular Price ($220-20=$200) even if not a Premium Member. Please don;t hesitate to contact us anytime with requests or questions!


45 min - 1 hour (please indicate your preference when making requests, we can customize schedule)

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Economics/Business, Family & Consumer Science, Language Arts/English, Leadership, Literacy, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Social Studies/History, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Unless cancelled due to official emergency (e.g., school closed due to weather emergency), cancellation must be received in writing by The Actors Company at least 1 weeks in advance of scheduled program, to avoid fees for late cancellations. Those who cancel within 1 week, and do NOT re-book program (subject to 20% re-booking fee) will still be responsible for full program fee.. Please contact us with any questions.

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Actors Company

Waltham, MA
United States

The Actors Company's professional teaching artists offer original, engaging, historical and literary character-based shows, as well as customized workshops in theater topics and mindful & creative movement. 

Our highly interactive programs support educational objectives in ELA, HSS, STE, SEL, performing arts & physical literacy, in schools, as well as life-long learning goals in community settings. Our carefully researched historical & literary shows are presented in period costume, and all our programs are adaptable to specific curricular, developmental, and scheduling needs. 

TAC was founded by J.T. Turner (SAG-AFTRA, AEA), an award-winning professional writer, actor, director, and educator, and is managed by Marci Diamond (MPA, SAG-AFTRA, AEA), also a professional teaching artist/performer. Additional programming is provided by Marisa Diamond (BFA, SAG-AFTRA, AEA). 

All our teaching artists have extensive performance and teaching experience, both virtually and in-person, working with film and theater companies, universities, schools, senior communities, museums, universities, corporate and government clients, and non-profits. For more information: www.jtturner.org www.diamondcircus.com www.marisadiamond.com

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Program Details


1. Teaching artist J.T. Turner appears as F. Scott Fitzgerald to discuss the author's life, times, and work
2. Discussion of The Great Gatsby and exploration of the parallels between the lives of Jay Gatsby and F. Scott Fitzgerald,
3. Discussion of the major themes, symbolism, and sociohistorical context of The Great Gatsby.
4. Selected participants are invited to read aloud very brief selections from a provided handout during the program
5. Question and answer time with the author/performer


Participants will be able to:
1. Understand the connection between F. Scott Fitzgerald's life and times and the events in The Great Gatsby (including the social stratification during the Jazz Age and Great Depression)
2. Describe the major themes of The Great Gatsby
3. Consider possibilities for constructive self-determination when facing criticism