Doctoral Student Spotlights

Jonathan Jones

Educational Theatre

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
In the summer of 2008, I had the unique opportunity to attend the Teaching Shakespeare institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library as recipient of a fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Before attending, I was forewarned that my life would be altered forever as a result of my attendance, however, I could not comprehend in what form that alteration would manifest itself. Following the culmination ceremony for the close of the institute, in conversation with Dr. Margaret Maurer, Associate Dean of the Faculty at Colgate University and Program Advisor and Scholar for the Shakespeare Institute, it became clear that the immediate alteration in my life would involve applying for doctoral study in Educational Theatre at New York University. My experiences at the institute had ignited a thirst for the further investigation of the teaching of Shakespeare in American public schools both historically and in the contemporary classroom, looking closely at how the study of Shakespeare impacts achievement in English Language Arts and its possible impact on achievement in other content areas (across the curriculum).
My academic passion is:
Theatre and English Language Arts Education
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
continue working with student teachers, preparing the next generation of Theatre and English Language Arts educators.
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
Once a week, I journey to the theatre district and take in a Broadway show.
Focus of my research of scholarship:
Shakespeare education in urban public schools
I'm interested in this topic because:
I taught Theatre and English in a Los Angeles high school for five years and was disturbed by the removal of Shakespeare from the district's curriculum plan.
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
Participation in the Folger Shakespeare Library's Teaching Shakespeare Institute in July, 2008
Research or scholar I most admire:
Dr. Amy Cordileone, Super Adjunct in the Program in Educational Theatre, worked on a teacher exchange program with educators from Uganda and the United States through the organization Invisible Children, which I found challenging and inspiring.
Research project I've most enjoyed working on:
This year, I worked with Associate Dean Lindsay Wright researching the performance history of the Provincetown Playhouse in order to help create a display for the theatre lobby.
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
Last January, I traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to participate in a study abroad program in Theatre Practices, a joint venture between the Educational Theatre program and the University of Puerto Rico.

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Central Islip, New York
Career Goals:
Continue working in Theatre and English Language Arts Education in teacher training and with adolescents
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship, July 2008 Inspirational Educator Award, December 2006