Hi Folks! I hope you are finding ways, however, small and simple, to take good care of yourself and each other this August. I am excited to let you know that registration is now open for my mini-semester long, virtual Documentary Theatre Intensive for Educators course, linked here! Educators and facilitators of all stripes in any subject area (not just theatre!) with any / no experience in making documentary theatre are welcome.
I feel strongly about making sure that continuing education for teachers is accessible, both financially and time-wise, so my goal is to share the methodology and content around devising documentary theatre that I've developed for years at colleges and universities and sharing it with educators of all kinds at a significantly reduced cost and time commitment, so that folks who aren't in a formal academic program can still afford, have access to, and benefit from these practices.
A bit about the course:
This hands-on course invites participants to explore how documentary theatre can be used to empower students in classrooms and community settings, allowing the work to spring from and speak to the issues that matter most to them. Over the course of six Saturdays (please note that there is no class on Saturday, October 8th), participants will get the opportunity to learn the basics of the genre and have the opportunity to personally conduct interviews and compose monologues, scenes, and theatrical moments, both individually and with small groups to experiment with the form.
Over the course of the mini-semester, and building on the work of artists such as Anna Deavere Smith, José Casas, the Tectonic Theater Project, The Civilians, UNIVERSES, and Ping Chong and Company, you will be guided in the exploration of a group topic through discussion, interviews, research, drama games, and writing activities, all of which can be taken into the classroom or community and used with students in middle school and older.
Please note that the course runs for six Saturdays (September 24th through November 5th, with no class on October 8th), and because of the nature of our work and play together, participants need to commit to all six dates in order to register (no drop-ins).
I do need at least six people in order to run the course, so thank you in advance for spreading the work and sending the link to colleagues, friends, family, anyone who you think would like to take the course. Thank you so much!
Now, more than ever, there are stories that need to be told, and as educators, you have the opportunity to empower your students to share the experiences that are uniquely theirs, and that the world very much needs to hear. Please join us for the chance to learn, create, gather and connect with fellow educators - and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to send me a note!
Much gratitude, and sending you all well wishes for the rest of the week ahead.