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Active Empathy

Recorded On: 04/13/2021

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Learn about Social and Emotional skills in the theatre classroom through the lens of empathy. Transform your classroom using theatre improvisation, performance and storytelling to promote mutual understanding, empathy and respect.

Length: 60 minutes

Laura Gallagher Byrne

Artistic Director, Director of Theatre and Education; The Nantucket Dreamland Foundation

Laura Gallagher Byrne is the Artistic Director of Dreamland Stage Company and Director of Theatre and Education with the Nantucket Dreamland Foundation. Byrne is a graduate of Shenandoah University and Conservatory of Music with a degree in Musical Theater, holds a masters degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and is completing the MFA in Applied Theatre in April, 2021. Further training includes Meisner Technique at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and Shakespeare with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. In 2017, Byrne founded The Dreamland Stage Company (DSC), serving as its Artistic Director. As an arts educator, Byrne created the theatre arts curriculum for Nantucket Public Schools. Byrne recently served on the panel to rewrite The Massachusetts Frameworks for Theatre Arts, and is a recipient of The 2011 Advocacy for Children Award. Byrne is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the American Alliance for Theatre in Education, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and TYA USA.


Active Empathy
04/13/2021 at 7:30 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
04/13/2021 at 7:30 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes Learn about Social and Emotional skills in the theatre classroom through the lens of empathy.
Active Empathy Certificate
1.00 Contact Hours contact hour  |  Certificate available
1.00 Contact Hours contact hour  |  Certificate available Follow the directions to create, download and print your certificate of completion. Check your dashboard at any time to view copies of your completed certificates. Many school districts accept professional learning webinars and courses created by the Educational Theatre Association for continuing education units or other professional development credit. Please check with your administrator.