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Highlights of recent content on teaching and theatre education, with an eye to how we reimagine learning with the evolving pandemic.

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Teaching Performing Arts During the Pandemic
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Teaching Performing Arts During the Pandemic

23 March 2020

Tracy C. Davis talks to instructors at Northwestern University about how they are preparing to teach acting and dance—quintessentially embodied forms dependent on human-to-human observation and whole-body involvement—online.

Two actors lifting another one from the top of a pile of hay.
Dismantle the Hierarchy: Best Practices for Creating a More Equitable, Consensual Theatre Classroom
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Dismantle the Hierarchy: Best Practices for Creating a More Equitable, Consensual Theatre Classroom

17 May 2021

Alli St. John shares a guide she developed for directors of youth theatre to prioritize consent and safe practices for staging theatrical intimacy.

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Performing Arts and Higher Education: Where Do We Stand Today?
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Performing Arts and Higher Education: Where Do We Stand Today?

The current state of performing arts in higher education in Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Germany, and Netherlands.

Wednesday 28 October 2020
Cluj, Romania

The Paintbrush Factory in Cluj, Romania presented a conversation Performing Arts and Higher Education: Where Do We Stand Today? livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 28 October 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 16:00 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 17:00 CET (Berlin, UTC +1) / 18:00 EET (Bucharest, UTC +2).

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Arts Education and the Focus on Africa for the Future
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Arts Education and the Focus on Africa for the Future

The Stories Women Carry: Creative Practice of African Women from the Continent

Monday 24 May 2021
Kenya

Tebere Arts Foundation presented the conversation Arts Education and the Focus on Africa for the Future with The Stories Women Carry: Creative Practice of African Women from the Continent livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 24 May 2021 at 10 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 1 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 8 p.m. EAT (Nairobi, UTC +3).

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Lessons in Online Theatremaking from New Paradise Laboratories’ Whit MacLaughlin
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Lessons in Online Theatremaking from New Paradise Laboratories’ Whit MacLaughlin

30 March 2020

Alex Ates speaks with Whit MacLaughlin—the experimental theatremaker who ventured into the online realm before it became our norm—about the intersection between digital technology and live performance and pedagogy.

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Opening the Screen on “Live Video Theatre”
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Opening the Screen on “Live Video Theatre”

10 June 2020

Peter J. Kuo discusses live video theatre—what it is and what it isn’t, the current difficulties and limitations around creating it, what it can do and how accessible it is, and more.

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Creating a Culture of Play via Zoom
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Creating a Culture of Play via Zoom

15 June 2020

Lavina Jadhwani offers artists several techniques to better utilize Zoom, whether as leaders of classrooms, theatremakers part of shows, or attendees of events.

What I Learned from Making an Opera on Zoom
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What I Learned from Making an Opera on Zoom

7 July 2020

Kamala Sankaram talks about the process of developing an opera on Zoom and shares advice based on what she and her team learned.

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A Drama Therapist’s Perspective on Teaching Theatre in Times of Crisis
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A Drama Therapist’s Perspective on Teaching Theatre in Times of Crisis

21 July 2020

Nisha Sajnani, a drama therapist and educator, offers a few tips to other theatre educators who may be feeling overwhelmed about the prospect of teaching online or in person again this fall.

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Theatre, Clown, and Physical Comedy… Online?
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Theatre, Clown, and Physical Comedy… Online?

17 August 2020

Charlie Peters, who has spent the early days of the pandemic thinking about and experimenting with how physical comedy can (and can’t) live online, shares what he’s learned.

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Invisible Labor in Theatre Academia
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Invisible Labor in Theatre Academia

or, How Bulbasaur Saved My Summer

18 December 2019

Kate Busselle talks about the invisible emotional labor inherent to teaching theatre and how, while leading a six-week summer intensive, she was able to establish professional boundaries and delegate some of the labor.

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How Liberal Arts Theatre Programs Are Failing Their Students of Color
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How Liberal Arts Theatre Programs Are Failing Their Students of Color

17 June 2020

Miranda Haymon argues that liberal arts theatre programs are failing their students of color and offers four concrete steps that colleges and universities can adopt as they work to rectify this.

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Why Are There No Great Kids of Color in the Performing Arts?
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Why Are There No Great Kids of Color in the Performing Arts?

A Black Artist and Arts Educator’s Exploration on Challenges for Kids of Color in Arts Spaces

12 April 2021

Ilasiea Gray looks at the many challenges kids of color face in the performing arts, including access and exposure, the lack of educators of color, and more.

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Livestreaming a Conversation: (Re)Imagine Educational Theater Pt 1: Youth
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Livestreaming a Conversation: (Re)Imagine Educational Theater Pt 1: Youth

A Series That Brings Artists and Community Leaders Together

Thursday 14 October 2021
United States

Seattle Rep presents (Re)Imagine Educational Theater Pt 1: Youth livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 14 October 2021 at 5 p.m. PDT (Seattle, UTC -7) / 6 p.m. MDT (Denver, UTC -6) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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Livestreaming a Conversation: (Re)Imagine Educational Theater Pt 2: Arts Educators
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Livestreaming a Conversation: (Re)Imagine Educational Theater Pt 2: Arts Educators

A Series That Brings Artists and Community Leaders Together

Thursday 4 November 2021
United States

Seattle Rep Presents (Re)Imagine Educational Theater Pt 2: Arts Educators livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 4 November 2021 at 5 p.m. PDT (Seattle, UTC -7) / 6 p.m. MDT (Denver, UTC -6) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).