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Darren Canady

Playwright and Professor

Darren Canady hails from Topeka, KS. His work has been produced at the Alliance Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Aurora Theater, Congo Square Theater, Horizon Theatre, London’s the Old Vic Theatre, M Ensemble, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, American Blues Theater, and others. His awards include the Alliance Theater's Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award, Chicago’s Black Excellence Award, the Black Theatre Alliance Award, and the American Theatre Critics Association’s Osborn Award. Darren is an alum of Carnegie Mellon University, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Juilliard School. He is a Core Writers Program alum at the Playwrights’s Center and Midwest Dramatists Center. He is an artistic associate with American Blues Theater and Congo Square Theatre, and currently teaches playwriting at the University of Kansas.

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On Teaching Difficult Material

On Teaching Difficult Material

2 April 2024

Whether in rehearsal or in the classroom, theatre educators are often confronted with uncomfortable conversations. In this episode of Teaching Theatre, Megan Gogerty (University of Iowa) and Darren Canady (University of Kansas) discuss how they tackle challenging material in their classrooms, reframing the idea of what is “difficult,” getting to the root of discomfort, creating classroom agreements.

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