Contemporary Theatre in Education (Book)

The Theater in Education (TIE) movement emerged in 1960s Britain as a unique hybrid of performance and child-centered learning. Roger Wooster’s Contemporary Theater in Education tells the story of the creation of this dramatic form and its adaptation in a rapidly changing political, economic, and educational environment.
In addition to interviews with prominent TIE directors and discussions of specific projects, this volume offers a snapshot of all the productions held in Wales during a single month during the summer of 2004. As the distinction between TIE and children’s theater becomes even more blurred, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone studying the use of theater in schools.

“A most useful, provocative and well-researched theoretical document which I will most certainly have on my essential reading list for students studying theatre in education.”—Charmian Savill, University of Aberystwyth

Category: Performing Arts


Theatre in Education emerged in the mid-sixties as a unique hybrid of performance and child-centred learning. Contemporary Theatre in Education charts the creation and adaptation of this 'hybrid' through the Is it possible for the hybrid to survive? Or have the economics of schools, the post-National Curriculum educational philosophy and the lack of understanding from a new breed of teachers created an environment that has forced a mutation? Perhaps theatre in education has just evolved, but perhaps just forty years after it began it is facing extinction.changing political, economic and educational environment. It also takes a 'snapshot' of the TIE being created today, considering all the projects being performed in Wales during a single month. The projects are analysed and every TIE director interviewed about the work and the policies of their companies. It becomes very clear that that the distinction between TIE and Children’s Theatre is being blurred.
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