Capstone Project Title
Dangerous Teaching: An Approach To Difficult Learning In The Theatre Classroom
Kevin Werner Hohlstein
Over time, social justice theatre has been used to create dialogues surrounding socially relevant issues both specific to the time and prevalent across time. Tectonic Theater Project is a theatre company that focuses on developing works that address such issues, using a method of devising that deconstructs theatre to its bare elements. This process, known as moment work, allows players to create theatre in stages, elaborating on narrative as they work through each element. Tectonic Theater Project’s process for devising using moment work has been implemented in classrooms with students and educators in order to expand understandings about what theatre looks like. The process for devising this project focused on marrying the moment work technique with teacher education in the realm of social justice. It involved creating a guide for theatre educators to introduce a social justice unit that uses moment work as a way to create socially responsive theatre. The guide was also created with the intent to introduce educators to creating a safe space for potentially challenging discussions revolving around socially relevant issues. The goal of the project is to provide educators of all backgrounds, understandings, and experience levels with a resource for approaching a social justice theatre unit and to encourage conversations regarding social justice education within the realm of theatre education.
Curriculum or Guide for Educators
Social Justice, Teachers/ Teaching
Ellgen, Tei, "Dangerous Teaching: An Approach To Difficult Learning In The Theatre Classroom" (2021). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 660.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects