About the Book
The genesis for Perspectives on Teaching Theatre can be traced back to the theme of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education's 1993 Annual Conference «Imaging the Future», which focused on challenging curricular, pedagogical, and political issues in college theatre education. The writers in this volume, who are teachers of theatre, «imagine» the possibilities of educational reform in the context of the changing politics in our culture and society. Topics examined include the challenges and possibilities of teaching theatre in postmodern culture; issues of democracy and methods of empowering students in classroom and production work; ways for theory, pedagogy, and production to inform each other; and strategies for dealing with difference in theatre education.
About the Author: The Contributors: Bruce A. McConachie, Anna Deavere Smith, Raynette Halvorsen Smith, J. Robert Wills, Stratos E. Constantinidis, Jerry Dickey, JudyLee Oliva, Patricia VandenBerg, Rhonda Blair, Stacy Wolf, Patricia Flanagan Behrendt, Sarah Bryant-Bertail, Paul C. Castagno, Gary Jay Williams, Sam Abel, Robert N. Schmidt, Marian E. Hampton, Robert Skloot, Cindy Lutenbacher, Margaret Millen Swanson and Robin Murray.
The Editors: Raynette Halvorsen Smith is Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University.
Bruce A. McConachie, Ph.D., is Professor of Theatre at the University of Pittsburgh with over twenty years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students.
Rhonda Blair, Ph.D., is Professor of Theatre at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.