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New (available online) article - "Active Theatre History"

  • 1.  New (available online) article - "Active Theatre History"

    Posted 29 days ago
    Active Theatre History
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    Active Theatre History
    "Every student I have ever had in a Theatre Methods course believes that a high school theatre course must include Theatre History. The challenge for these future teachers always is-How do you make a Theatre History unit as active and engaging as your other units?"
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    Rosalind Flynn
    Head of the M.A. in Theatre Education
    Director, The High School Drama Institute
    The Catholic University of America
    Washington, DC
    drama.cua.edu/graduate/MATE
    drama.cua.edu/summer
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  • 2.  RE: New (available online) article - "Active Theatre History"

    Posted 29 days ago
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    We do theatre history between thanksgiving and Christmas breaks.  Attached is the project instructions.  This year I have theatre 1, 2, 3, 4 and technical theatre all in one class, so we are going big.

    Usually theatre 1 does 20th/21st/Restoration - new theatre because it connects with them more.
    Theatre 2 - Renaissance, Elizabethan, Middle Ages because we study comedia del arte all through semester 1 so they connect to that.
    Theatre 3 - Greek, Roman, Shakespeare because they are more committed to the theatre program and willing to go back through history.
    Theatre 4 - [thinking forward] unions, big national auditions, regional theatres
    Technical Theatre - IATSE, Technical Theatre history issues

    Having them do a creative-type project makes their exploration of history fun, a performance (vlog) and gives me an archive of work to pull out in future years.

    Chad Cornwell
    Newsome HS, Lithia, FL

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    Chad Cornwell
    Theatre Director
    Newsome High School
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  • 3.  RE: New (available online) article - "Active Theatre History"

    Posted 27 days ago
    It seems really limiting to only look at theater from Europe. Asia, Africa, South America all have vibrant and valid theater history.

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    Shaun Klaseus
    California Educational Theatre Association
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  • 4.  RE: New (available online) article - "Active Theatre History"

    Posted 27 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this.  I have done something similar for my Intro to Theater class, but may adapt this for my Advanced Acting class.  I regret that I don't seem to have time to do more theater history; it could and perhaps should be a class on its own.

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    Kate Bernardo
    Drama Director
    Beaumont School
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  • 5.  RE: New (available online) article - "Active Theatre History"

    Posted 27 days ago
    Rosalind,
    Thank you so much for sharing your work with this community. I also believe that history "sticks" if it has practical application. While I have done this informally (i.e. - commedia scenes while learning Italian renaissance, etc.), this is much more intentional and clearly articulated.
    I plan to use your resources! Thanks again,

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    Katie Blackerby Weible
    Theatre Dept Chair
    Youth Performing Arts School
    Louisville KY
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