Programs - Educational Theatre

Summer Programs Educational Theatre Study Abroad

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis for our summer and January study abroad programs in London, England, Dublin, Ireland, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Don't miss out on a space by applying late.

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This intensive course is composed of four strands: practical drama workshops including analysis of process; observation followed by participation in drama classes at selected London schools; related aspects, including lectures, seminars, and discussions with British experts in the field (as well as theatrical performances at Royal National theatres, Fringe, mainstream, and Stratford-upon-Avon); and learning from experts how to devise and implement drama structures, including the use of process drama and teacher-in-role. Daily improvisation and theatre movement sessions are followed by drama workshops, lectures, and seminar discussions. Participants observe work with London drama teachers for "in-service training," and subsequently lead drama classes in selected London schools. These experiences are supported by analysis with a number of British specialists who provide perspectives of drama in education. Faculty includes Judith Ackroyd, Jo Boulton, Anthony Banks, Jonathan Jones, Damian MacBeth, Helen Nicholson, Cecily O'Neill and Philip Taylor.


The word "audience" can refer to many different groups or communities: children in a classroom, patrons in a theatre, spectators on a street. How do we as practitioners engage an audience with our work in the theatre and in the drama classroom? How do we as artists and educators make theatre accessible to a variety of populations, regardless of past experience with the art form? How do we facilitate the creation of original theatrical work with populations unfamiliar with the art form? How do we function as both artists and educators in these kinds of environments?

Participants in this course encounter various approaches that help to answer these questions through experiences with Ireland's finest drama practitioners and theatre artists, with affiliations through the Upstate Theatre, Queens College Belfast, and the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College Dublin. Skills that are explored include facilitation, devising, and playwriting/adaptation, along with approaches to using dramatic activities to create context for theatre work. Experiences include lectures and demonstrations, attendance at plays and performances, visits to cultural sites throughout Dublin where community-engaged work takes place, and the creation of original theatre works to be shared with a public audience at the Samuel Beckett Centre.  Faculty includes Nancy Smithner, Nora Stillman, Joanna Parkes and Jennifer Cooke. 


This course explores broad questions about drama and its practice in educational, aesthetic and applied settings. Radical approaches to applied theatre will be considered, especially those shaped by Freire and Boal. Students will develop a vocabulary of theatrical skills (Physical Theatre/Mask) for use in the implementation and integration of dramatic strategies into community-based work. We will also explore the ways in which drama provides contexts for developing change.

Students will read widely, observe the ways in which theory meets practice, and reflect on their own evolving understanding of the field of drama in education in a wide range of aesthetic applications. Through analysis of the contemporary theoretical foundations, students will probe ideas, read widely and reflect on thier own evolving understanding of drama in education.