Something to Say: Developing Student Voice through Playmaking
Includes a Live Event on 11/15/2020 at 11:30 AM (EST)
- Registration Closed
How do you find an appropriate play for your drama program when you have 25 girls and two boys? When you want to include students of a variety of races and cultures, or use theatre to teach challenging curriculum? Creating original work through playmaking is a great solution. Playmaking is a powerful tool for facilitating students’ learning, about theatre, about themselves, about curriculum, and about the world. It allows them to acquire an understanding of dramatic form through the creation of their own performance pieces, to communicate their ideas in powerful theatrical ways, and to create scripts that address the skills and actors available in their schools.
This workshop will offer a range of playmaking structures, both foundational and advanced, for developing original material with students in grades 3-12, including:
- a variety of starting points
- scene-building strategies
- vehicles for equalizing student voice and engagement
- using abstraction and metaphor to amplify the effectiveness of familiar memes
- uses of poetry and music.
In this workshop, participants will both engage in the structures and analyze them for use in their own environments, and will leave the workshop with a plan for conducting their own playmaking experience with students. Handouts will be provided.
Eligible for College Credit through a partnership with University of Northern Colorado.
Length: 6 hours with one 30 minute break
- Participants will identify their goals for using playmaking with their students, including social, personal, societal and/or curricular goals.
- Participants will participate in playmaking structures and adapt various strategies for use in their own playmaking projects.
- Participants will create an outline of activities for a playmaking project which they could implement with their students.
Bethany Nelson, PhD
Graduate Program Director of Theatre Education, Emerson College
Bethany Nelson is an Assistant Professor, Area Head of Undergraduate Theatre Education, and Graduate Program Director of Theatre Education at Emerson College. She teaches in the areas of theatre education, playmaking, and multicultural education at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She created and runs the Institute for Urban Teaching, an intensive which brings together the academic study of culturally relevant teaching with practical strategies for using drama/theatre for emerging best practice. She has taught drama and theatre K-12 in urban, suburban, and rural settings, and conducts workshops throughout New England on diversity, equity and multicultural education. Her research interests are focused on using Applied Drama and Theatre for meeting best practice in multicultural education with at-risk urban youth. Research on the effects of in-role drama, process drama, and playmaking are published in Youth Theatre Journal, Drama Australia Journal, Drama Research: international journal of drama-in-education, Research in Drama Education Journal: the journal of applied theatre and, most recently, in Applied Theatre Research Journal. She regularly presents workshops and papers at national and international conferences and is a contributor to international textbooks on the state of the field.
She is the winner of the 2012 ATHE/KCACTF Prize for Innovative Teaching, the 2014 Helaine and Stanley Miller Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2014 Leonidas Nickole Theatre Educator of the Year Award for the New England Theatre Conference, the Emerson College Distinguished Alumni award for 2015 and the 2018 Ann Flagg Multicultural Award.