Signs of Change (Book)
New Directions in Theatre Education
There is no one-size-fits-all way to keep pace with the changes affecting high school students and those who educate them. That’s why Joan Lazarus has gathered here the insights of hundreds of secondary school theatre teachers and teaching artists on how they have responded to the shifting demands of theatre education in today’s schools. She paints a portrait of active, dynamic professionals who build vibrant programs and confront challenges in a variety of ways – from inclusive, interactive lessons to comprehensive programs that address the impact of poverty, race, gender and spirituality on students’ lives. In the process, she shows how real teachers bring about real change. An accessible and up-to-date guide to best practices in theatre education, this expanded and revised edition encompasses new hands-on activities – drawn from the author’s in-depth interviews and research.
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Joan Lazarus is a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin where she heads the BFA Theatre Studies program and works with graduate students in youth theatre, theatre education and related fields.
Introduction: A Yearning for Change
Chapter 1: Signs of Change and the Need for Change
Chapter 2: Learner-Centered Practice
Chapter 3: Socially Responsible Practice
Chapter 4: Comprehensive Theatre Education
Chapter 5: Theatre Education Outside the Box
Chapter 6: Breaking the Mold: Best Practice in Theatre Teacher Education
Chapter 7: On the Frontier of Change: Visions for the Field
''Signs of Change' is expertly written, the book is at once inspiring and overwhelming as chapters are jam- packed with stories of best practices, classroom activities, and personal reflection questions.'
'This book should be put in the hands of every person who has the inclination and opportunity to make theatre with young people. It is a 'must-have' in theatre-training institutions.'
'A leading voice in rethinking secondary school theatre education'
''Signs of Change' contains exercises to help teachers examine their paths and directions, and some wonderfully informative, detailed, and heartfelt testimonies from experienced US teachers, educationalists and policy makers.'
'An accessible guide to contemporary theatre education practice in the United States.'
'It is the only book I know of that talks about classroom learners, performing and theatre and the links and responsibilities that is our responsibility as educators to be aware of. '