Capstone Project Title
Jana Lo Bello Miller
Riggs, B. Choice-Based Directing: Promoting Inclusivity in Middle School Theatre Programs (2021) The research question addressed in this capstone project was, how can implementing Choice-Based Directing promote inclusivity in a middle school theatre program? The capstone documents one theatre teacher/director’s self-created process of directing and teaching middle school theatre students. Choice-Based Directing integrates student voice and choice into learning on stage. The author presents research, personal experience, and the program results of implementing Choice-Based Directing. As an aspect of this work, a professional development for middle school theatre educators was created with the goal of helping teachers and directors learn and master the skills of Choice-Based Directing. An additional goal of the professional development component is to retain theatre programs and develop more inclusive practices within the workings of theatre departments. This study challenges the traditional directing paradigm and replaces it with a model designed to increase student engagement and offer opportunities for more inclusion within theatre productions. The author advances their intimate knowledge of this directing process by creating a coherent system of practices outlined in the professional development project.
Art Education, Motivation, Staff Development, Teachers/ Teaching
Riggs, Brooklyn, "Choice Based Directing: Promoting Inclusivity in Middle School Theatre Programs" (2021). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 647.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects