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Theatre Pedagogy: Teaching the Art Form - Call For Proposals

NYU's Program in Educational Theatre has been a leader in investigating and engaging in the teaching of theatre for the past four decades. Currently, through our extensive curricular offerings (which range from undergraduate to doctoral programs of study), we, as practitioners, are constantly exploring new ways to reinvigorate our pedagogical approaches in order to keep them both vital and innovative.

The goal of this forum is to facilitate dynamic exchange with the best teachers of theatre on all educational levels and to talk about what works in theory, in practice, and the space between -- sharing inspirations, challenges and discoveries -- whether in teaching and presenting the art form, integrating drama into any given theatre curriculum, or engaging in teacher preparation.

For our 2009 Forum, we invite artists, educators and researchers, as well as those who play all three roles, to share and discuss ways and means of teaching theatre. Proposals should address one or more of the following questions and/or sub-questions:

1) How and why do we teach theatre in schools and community settings?

  • How do the roles and responsibilities of the teaching artist differ from those of the classroom teacher (primary, secondary or higher education)?
  • What is the contemporary role of theatre in arts education?

2) How do we prepare future theatre artists and educators in the 21st century?

  • What are innovative ways of devising original works and/or teaching theatre using various aesthetic forms, media, and/or technology?
  • To what extent can the study of global theatre forms impact students' learning?

3) To what extent should we distinguish theatre-making from drama as a learning medium?

  • How can integrated-arts curricula facilitate teaching, learning and presenting the craft of theatre?
  • How do we assess students' aesthetic understanding and awareness?

We are accepting proposals in one of four formats:

1. Paper Presentations: Participants should submit a title and a 200-word abstract. Abstracts should articulate how presentations relate to one or more of the conference questions. Papers will be selected for moderated panels based on topic areas at the discretion of the conference committee. Each panelist will have 15 minutes to present their work, followed by a moderated discussion between fellow presenters and conference participants. Papers not selected for presentations will automatically be considered for Roundtable Discussions.

2. Roundtable Discussions: Participants should submit a title and a 200-word abstract. Abstracts should articulate how presentations relate to one or more of the conference questions. Each roundtable will consist of participants who share their research, works in progress, raw data, and/or copies of their papers. Other conference attendees will be invited to join the roundtables to listen and participate. At the roundtable, discussants will briefly introduce their topic (five minutes) followed by a moderated discussion involving all participants. Moderators will ensure that each discussant has an opportunity to present their research and respond to general questions.

3. Workshops: Participants should submit a title and a 200-word description of their workshop. Descriptions should articulate how presentations relate to one or more of the conference questions. In this context, a workshop is defined as an interactive experience between the conference participants and the workshop facilitator(s), not as a lecture/demonstration. Workshops will be given 60-minute time slots.

4. Presentations of Student Work: Participants should submit a title and a 200-word abstract of a scene, an excerpt or a short devised work (30 minutes maximum) for presentation and reflection at the conference. Abstracts should articulate how presentations relate to one or more of the conference questions. Performance submissions featuring all age groups are welcomed and encouraged.

All technical requests must be included in the proposal. Please understand, due to limited space and resources, the committee may not be able to accommodate all requests.

Submissions are due January 15th, 2009. Please submit proposals to theatrepedagogyconference@gmail.com

You will receive a confirmation email when we receive your proposal. Notification of accepted proposals will be emailed on or before February 15, 2009. Submissions must include a picture and 200 word-biography of each presenter.

For more information about Steinhardt's Program in Educational Theatre, please visit: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/edtheatre