The Apollo Education Program produces study guides and other resource materials for teachers and students that connect to School Day Live performances, School Tours, and topics related to the history of the Apollo Theater.

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Showtime at the Apollo Graphic Novel

Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater, written by Ted Fox with illustrations by James Otis Smith, is a graphic novel adaptation of Fox’s original 1983 classic history of the Apollo.

Showtime at the Apollo takes readers through the sweeping history of one of America’s most important and mythic cultural institutions. The book is your visual gateway to an epicenter of American music and culture in the heart of Harlem and shows how the Apollo both shaped and was shaped by its times. This study guide, written for teachers, is an educational resource for the graphic novel and has been developed with students grades 8 and over in mind. The guide draws from the Apollo’s learning library of resources to support your historical, cultural, and visual engagement with the graphic novel.

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Curtis Mayfield Guide

Curtis Mayfield's influence as a singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, activist, and more has inspired generations of artists to produce music with meaningful messages that aspire to impact positive change. Find out how his legacy lives on through his music and in the hopes and dreams of all people who are ready to get on board, keep on pushing, and move on up a little higher.

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Theater Study Guide 

Check out our newly released Theater Study Guide. Learn about the history of theater, jobs in a theater, and go behind the scenes in a special interview with our Associate Producer, Laura Greer. 


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Teacher Guides

Teacher Guides connected to School Day Live performances are available for use as a pre and post show resource.

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Walk of Fame Legend Guides

The Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame celebrates and honors the legendary performers who have helped to build the Theater’s legacy for over 80 years.  The Walk of Fame inductees have had an enormous influence on generations of musicians and fans.  To learn more, download the guides.

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Educator Resource Guide

This Apollo Educator Resource Guide includes materials that are specifically aligned to the content in our School Tour Programs and Workshops. Feel free to make activity modifications to best satisfy the needs, skills, and interests of your students. Whether you have brought your students to the Apollo for a School Tour or an Apollo Teaching Artist has visited your school to engage students in a workshop, this guide will help you extend and deepen the impact of our programs alongside your classroom curriculum.

Activity Guide Soul of American Culture

Planning Your Tour Guide

Please consult our Planning for Your Apollo Tour document before your scheduled visit.

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Planning Your Workshop Guide

Please consult our Planning for Your Apollo Workshop document before your scheduled Workshop(s).

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Apollo Education Podcasts

Apollo Education podcasts presents audio from discussions and lectures that focuses on "behind-the-scenes" professions in the arts and entertainment industry and topics pertinent to the history of the Apollo Theater and the Theater’s role in shaping American entertainment.

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