SOIL Literacy Theatre

What is SOIL Literacy Theatre?

SLT is an affordable, low cost, cultural literacy program. Serving children from diverse communities, ensuring that each child has a healthy start, in protecting their heritage and image of self from within surrounding communities of Oklahoma City. Our Innovative Reading Program offers an experiential curriculum, through SOIL GrassRoots Academy a homeschool co-op that helps children develop a love for reading and theatre, while increasing self confidence and positive attitudes towards life-long learning.

Who is this program designed for?

Our program offers literary sessions though varying community events and venues from Fall to Summer. SLT provides a theatre style instruction to small groups of 10 and larger groups of no more than 30 children (Grades Pre-K – 12th) from diverse communities across Oklahoma City and surrounding counties.

Story Time @ Commonplace Books

How to book a session?

SLT offers daily and weekly sessions for community groups, organizations, as well as private events (i.e., homeschool groups, community groups, churches, and birthday parties).

Mel Ellis @ 2017 Youth Culture Keepers Camp

What does it cost per session?

SLT is a low cost literacy theatre program that offers a unique opportunity for children to build confidence and self pride. To sustain the program is costs us approximately $275 – $475 per child/per year for us to operate at full capacity. We offer to enroll children at a base cost of $50 – $190 per child/per session on a sliding scale to help parents or families in economic hardship. In our pay it forward program we do not exclude families for the inability to pay.

We encourage those that can, to pay full amount, in order to uphold the integrity of the program, thus making our services accessible to all that desire to participate.


Who facilitates the SOIL Literacy Theatre?

SLT is designed of parents and members of the arts community to participate as “Gate Keepers.” The children are given goals based upon age group, and become “Youth Culture Keepers.” The “Gate Keepers” are members of the MELs Project. A fatherhood initiative launched by Certified Fatherhood Practitioner, Mel Ellis for fathers by fathers. His “Book On Every Bed” campaign is designed to encourage nightly storytime between fathers and children. All facilitating participants have some type of theatrical training and are qualified to deliver the innovative curriculum. Our cultural enrichment activities employ a STrEaM model that adds an exciting learning experience for multi-age children in a safe and empowering home like environment.

Mel Ellis, Founder/Member

How do I register my child?

Individuals wishing to book a session for their child, school, or organization can visit our Request Your Experience page to request an application. Applications are reviewed and participants are selected based upon availability and program needs.

Our Unique Approach

  • Pre-enrollment reading assessments
  • Culture Keepers will learn from books that will be added to their own library
  • Allergy friendly foods for week long events
  • Multi-age groups work as teams
  • Understanding By Design curriculum

How do I learn more about the Literacy Theatre Program?

For additional information about enrolling your child or about the program contact

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