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The Reflexive Teaching Artist
Collected Wisdom from the Drama/Theatre Field
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ISBN 9781783202218
Paperback 336 pages
230 x 170
Published October 2014
Imprint: Intellect
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Books by Kathryn Dawson
Books by Daniel A. Kelin
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The Reflexive Teaching Artist invites Teaching Artists at all levels of experience to consider the power of reflective practice. Kathryn Dawson and Daniel A. Kelin, II offer a reflective framework – a series of foundational concepts, including intentionality, quality, artistic perspective, assessment, and praxis – illuminated through reflexive case-study examples from Teaching Artists in a wide range of settings. The authors write from the dual perspectives of artist and educator to raise fundamental questions about the complex intentions, relationships and function of the teaching artist in school, community, and professional theatre settings. Through questions, guided reflection activities, collected wisdom from the field, and an introductory action-research model, Dawson, Kelin and their contributors closely examine the practice of teaching in, through, and about drama and theatre. 
Chapter titles
Prologue: The Teaching Artist Manifesto
Part 1: A Teaching Artist Reflects
Chapter 1: The Teaching Artist
Chapter 2: Reflective Practice
Part 2: Collected Wisdom
Chapter 3: Intentionality - Intentionality Case Studies
Learning to listen: Lessons for Teaching Artists from a Minneapolis mosque
Sarah Myers
Stories of my life: A Teaching Artist reflects on cultural consciousness
Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
Devised performance in a gender-specific juvenile probation program
Amanda Hashagen
Audition notice(d): Taking steps to align mission and admission
Lisa M. Barker
Remaking how a site is perceived and experienced: The ghosts of Waller Creek Project
Michelle Dahlenburg
Chapter 4: Quality - Quality Case Studies
What does quality theatre for young audiences look like?
Tamara Goldbogen
Suit My Heart: Staging foster youth narratives that hit home
Michelle Hayford
How do we find relevance?
Gary Minyard
On both shores: Teaching across personal/political distance
Nicole Gurgel
Balancing artistic and language-learning goals in Lincoln Center Theater’s Learning English and Drama Project
Kati Koerner
Chapter 5: Artistic Perspective
Artistic Perspective Case Studies
Developing ‘dramatic metaphor’ to teach concepts of science
Jo Beth Gonzalez
The art of relationship: Intergenerational theatre
Marsha Gildin
Bridging the divide with Shakespeare: Theatre as moral education in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Andrew Garrod
Dramaturgy by students
Carol T. (Jones) Schwartz and Kim Bowers-Rheay-Baran
What’s Happened to Queen Fancy Fish? Deconstructing an applied theatre lesson for the early childhood classroom
Karina Naumer
Chapter 6: Assessment - Assessment Case Studies
Capturing the story: A Teaching Artist’s attempt to assess a documentary theatre project in rural Alaska
Ryan Conarro
The applications of theatre as pedagogical and research methodologies: Scenes and waves of investigative dialogues across the Nordsjøen (North Sea)
Heli Aaltonen and Stephanie Knight
Engaging the outliers: One theatre educator’s journey to reach her most challenging students through choice, rigor and empowerment
Tracy Kane
Reflection as a bridge between program evaluation and instruction
Cory Wilkerson and Jennifer Ridgway
Naming our learning along the way through arts-based assessment
Bridget Kiger Lee
Chapter 7: Praxis - Praxis Case Studies
The vagabond’s dilemma: Representing host culture as a guest
Jamie Simpson Steele
Activating community: Process-centered philosophy in a product-oriented world
Gillian McNally
Playing at praxis: Locating youth voices in history
Megan Alrutz
Enacting liderazgo: Where drama praxis and Latino leadership intersect
Christina Marín
Essentializing residencies: Collecting trophies of the oppressed
Peter B. Duffy
Part 3: The Reflexive Practitioner
Chapter 8: Participatory Action Research
Final Reflections
'There’s so much here that can be adopted, adapted, and used by teaching artists, no matter where they practice. This is a very well done, practical, and important addition to the field.' – Education Update

'This study includes high-quality reflection on the issues surrounding the role of the teaching artist in the drama/theatre sector, while reflective exercises offer practical ways to embed these ideas and concepts into an existing teaching practice.' – Laura Bissell, The Scottish Journal of Performance

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