Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis for our summer study abroad programs in London, England and Dublin, Ireland. Don't miss out on a space by applying late. Applications for Summer 2013 will be available in December 2012.
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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.