Synopses & Reviews
Theater teachers are forced to adapt constantly. Whether responding to advancing technologies, cuts to (or the growth of) their program, or ever-changing governmental mandates, they struggle to serve both their students and their craft. Using a theater arts program at one at a Midwestern high school, this book explores how change, good or ill, directly impacts students as well as teachers. Building on the work of the previous edition of Temporary Stages
, Jo Beth Gonzalez shows teachers how to sustain confidence and outlines “critically conscious” teaching, a technique that encourages students to practice self-agency and critical awareness. Essential reading for all theater teachers, this indispensable resource is a font of innovative classroom and production practices.
Christian theatre has rich roots, from ancient Hebrew dramas to medieval plays, but where does it fit in today's media-saturated society?
Performing the Sacred is a fascinating dialogue between a theologian and theatre artist, offering the first full-scale exploration of theatre and theology. The authors illuminate the importance of live performance in a virtual world, of preserving the ancient art form of storytelling by becoming the story. Theologically, theatre reflects Christianity's central doctrines--incarnation, community, and presence--enhancing the human creative experience and simultaneously engaging viewers on multiple levels.
This Engaging Culture series title will be a key volume for those interested in theatre as well as drama practitioners, worship leaders, and culture makers.
A theologian and a theatre artist examine both the nature of theatrical performance within contemporary culture and its relationship to Christian life, faith, and worship.
About the Author
Jo Beth Gonzalez
has been a classroom teacher of speech, English, and theatre for twenty-seven years, the past nineteen at Bowling Green High School in Ohio, where she also directs the theater program.
Table of Contents
Section One: Critically Oriented Drama Education Shapes Growth
Chapter 1: Stepping from Temporary Stages” to Temporary Stages II”
Chapter 2: Characterizing CODE Classrooms and Rehearsal Spaces
Chapter 3: Balancing Passion and Censorship
Chapter 4: Discovering CODE in Musical Theatre
Section Two: Critically Oriented Drama Education Alters Traditional Power Dynamics
Chapter 5: Examining Power Dynamics in a CODE Theatre Design Classroom
Chapter 6: Emerging Conflict, Paradox, and Social Change When Students Exercise Power
Chapter 7: Shaping an Ensemble Approach to Casting Understudies with a Mindset for CODE
Chapter 8: Adjusting to a New Theater with Critical Awareness
Section Three: Critically Oriented Drama Education Examines Controversy and Oppression
Chapter 9: Establishing a Foundation for Examining Tough Issues
Chapter 10: Unfolding Ongoing Reflective Practice through Five CODE Strategies
Chapter 11: Investigating Student and Teacher Identity
Chapter 12: Preparing for the Audience