The Stranger Called ‘Creativity’ | Daniel A. Kelin, II

During an intimate workshop I conducted with first grade teachers, I asked what they had noticed about their students’ participation in a recent drama-based residency.  One noted that she felt “so surprised to see the creativity of some kids come out that I didn’t know about.” I took the comment pretty much in stride, as […]

What If? Making Way For Collaboration | Jeff Redman

Has slavery ended? That was the opening question for the most recent unit of inquiry in the middle school Humanities department at my school, the American International School in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Over lunch one day I had a conversation with the grade eight humanities teacher about his Modern Day Slavery unit.  It was a topic […]

Piecing it Together | Kim Jordan

I’ve been a teaching artist since 1999. I’ve taught performance poetry and theatre in classrooms, camps, one-off workshops and residencies, and teacher professional development workshops. I’ve judged competitions, coached youth teams, facilitated at conferences, created, collaborated, and toured. I worked in the education department of a large performing arts center, taught college as an adjunct, […]

Christmas in March | Daniel A. Kelin, II

As I finished a session with a class of second-graders today, I asked them to identify their favorite moments from class.  Amongst the ‘everything!’ answers and those noting the joy of being unusually physically involved during a lesson, one girl said, ‘Being the Christmas present.’ It’s true.  I bestowed upon her the title of Christmas […]

On Teaching Intimacy | Holly Adams

I recently taught a workshop on Dramatic Improvisation for a Comedy Festival focused on Improvisation and Stand-Up comedy for adults. Mine was the first workshop of the day (a Saturday), and I had anticipated a small turnout of people, mostly men, who might resist all but the hilarious and shallow. Why? Because Dramatic Improvisation only […]

Enduring and Essential | Daniel A. Kelin, II

“I have a question for you.” This starts most of my residencies nowadays, followed by, “But you cannot answer it. Not now.”  I fashioned the opening to grab students’ attentions quickly. They always show greater interest in a question when they are not allowed to answer it. I also find having a question to dangle […]

Working with Children on the Asperger-Autism Spectrum | Holly Adams

I am a performer, playwright and Teaching Artist with a long history and much training in working with people whose perceptual/interactive experience of the world is on the fringe of typical association. In 2012, I was hired by 3 Tier Consulting to do theater workshops with children on the Asperger-Autism spectrum in Watertown and Fort […]

Anatomy of Week Three in a Theatre and Bullying Prevention Residency | Kim Jordan

I’ve been a theatre teaching artist for thirteen years. In the last five I’ve been particularly focused on theatre for social issues and bullying prevention. I studied Applied Theatre in graduate school, which led to my Master’s thesis: Theatre-in-Action: Participatory Theatre for Bullying Prevention.  In 2011 I founded Theatre-in-Action (TiA), an applied theatre project for […]