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Teaching Drama

Kyle A. Thomas; Seth Wilson

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The Teaching Drama podcast takes on the conversation about effective and ineffective methods and perspectives on theatre education. Join Kyle A. Thomas (@kyle_a_thomas) and Seth Wilson (@SethWish) as they explore "behind the scenes" of teaching theatre to the next generation of actors, directors, designers, technicians, playwrights, and dramaturgs.
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In Episode 18, "Musical Theatre Education and Performance," Kyle and Seth talk with Broadway star and Associate Professor of Acting, Lisa Brescia about the challenges of teaching musical theatre. Reach out on Twitter: @TeachingDrama, @sethwish, @kyle_a_thomas Acknowledgments: Music: “Two Minutes on the Isle of Ska” by texasradiofish (c)copyright 20…
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In this Snapisode (yes that's the new name!), Kyle wishes everyone a great end to the academic year and explains why seeing theatre this summer is more important than ever! Reach out on Twitter: @TeachingDrama, @sethwish, @kyle_a_thomas Acknowledgments: Music: “Two Minutes on the Isle of Ska” by texasradiofish (c)copyright 2020 Licensed under a Cre…
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In Episode 16, "Gender, Identity, and Acting," Kyle talks with London-based American actor, Gabe Willem about being a trans person in professional theatre. Kyle also answers another question from Reddit, this time from r/theatre. Reach out on Twitter: @TeachingDrama, @sethwish, @kyle_a_thomas Acknowledgments: Music: “Two Minutes on the Isle of Ska”…
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In Episode 15, "In a World...of Thespians and Digital Theatre," Seth and Kyle answer a question from r/askhistorians. Kyle talks about his trip to the Missouri Thespians Conference and Seth opines on the coming horizon of our current theatrical landscape. Reach out on Twitter: @TeachingDrama, @sethwish, @kyle_a_thomas Acknowledgments: Music: “Two M…
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In Episode 14, "A Christmas Ritual," Seth and Kyle talk about the intersections between ritual and theatre. Starting with a little history, the guys explain how ritual can be a dramatic, aesthetic, and structural force in the theatre of the 21st century. Reach out on Twitter: @TeachingDrama, @sethwish, @kyle_a_thomas Acknowledgments: Music: “Two Mi…
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In this Snap Episode, Seth and Kyle talk about what to expect with auditioning for college theatre programs, giving out tips and tricks--not the Halloween kind--for a solid audition. Reach out on Twitter: @TeachingDrama, @sethwish, @kyle_a_thomas Acknowledgments: Music: “Two Minutes on the Isle of Ska” by texasradiofish (c)copyright 2020 Licensed u…
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In Episode 13, "Supporting Black Theatre Artists & Scholars: A Conversation with Kathy A. Perkins," a Seth-less Kyle talks with Kathy A. Perkins about being a Black theatre artist and scholar and her perspectives on theatre in America and around the world. Reach out on Twitter: @TeachingDrama, @sethwish, @kyle_a_thomas Acknowledgments: Music: “Two …
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In this Snap Episode, Seth and Kyle look ahead to the beginning of the academic year. We'll be back next month with another full-length episode! Reach out on Twitter: @TeachingDrama, @sethwish, @kyle_a_thomas Acknowledgments: Music: “Two Minutes on the Isle of Ska” by texasradiofish (c)copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution No…
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In Episode 12, "Dramaturg or Dramaturge?," Seth and Kyle talk with professional dramaturg(e), Lauren Halvorsen (@halvorsen), about the shifting landscape of dramaturgy in American theatre and valuable roles dramaturgs play in the theatrical sphere--especially as theatre navigates the necessary shifts toward anti-racism, diversity & inclusion, and d…
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In Episode 11, "Intimacy Direction", Seth and Kyle talk with Dr. Jessica Steinrock and Professor Zev Steinrock about their work as intimacy directors, what exactly intimacy direction is, and how teachers at all levels can benefit from working with an intimacy director and where to get more information and training. Reach out on Twitter: @TeachingDr…
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In this Snap Episode, Seth and Kyle talk about theatre in a post-Covid world. We'll be back next month with another full-length episode! Reach out on Twitter: @TeachingDrama, @sethwish, @kyle_a_thomas Acknowledgments: Music: “Two Minutes on the Isle of Ska” by texasradiofish (c)copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommerc…
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In Episode 10, "Publish or Perish?! An Interview with Dr. Marla Carlson", Seth and Kyle talk with Dr. Marla Carlson of the University of Georgia about the world of academic (and some not so academic) publishing. Why is it important to publish? How does one go about getting their work and research published? What are some insights that are good to k…
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In Episode 9, "A Shakespeare Sandwich", Seth and Kyle discuss all things Shakespeare: why do we produce so many of his plays, should we continue to stage his work, and what are we really teaching when we take on the task of performing the Bard? Maybe we'll even find out the answer to some of his characters' most existential questions! Reach out on …
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We're back! And in this episode, we welcome a new co-host! Seth Wilson is joining the Teaching Drama podcast with his witty charm and brilliant insight. In Episode 8, "Subsidizing Theatre?", Seth and Kyle discuss how public subsidies could change the landscape of theatre in the United States and the larger impact it could have on theatre education.…
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In Episode 7, "Theatre and the Life After," Alana comes back to the podcast to discuss her journey moving away from professional theatre and education. Kyle A. Thomas talks with her about the nature of theatre instruction and the competitive spirit that is increasingly a part of theatre education at the earliest levels, resulting in narratives abou…
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In Episode 6, "Theatre and the Landscape of Higher Education," Kyle A. Thomas talks with Seth Wilson, Theatre Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Georgia, about the role of theatre in the world of academic higher education. Kyle and Seth discuss various topics about the continued viability of theatre as an educational pursuit, especially in the li…
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Hey all! We're still here and working on new episodes for you. But, before we jump into the new season, we want to send some love and a message out to our fellow theatre educator and artists who are dealing with the ramifications of what's happening with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. It's a snap episode of encouragement. You're all amazing a…
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In Episode 5, "The Situation at the University of Tulsa," Kyle A. Thomas and Alana Yurczyk discuss the recently implemented changes at the University of Tulsa under the banner of their "True Commitment" restructuring--a plan that will significantly effect the theatre program, students, and faculty. But this is more than just a story about a univers…
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In Episode 4, "But I Have Rehearsal," Kyle A. Thomas and Alana Yurczyk discuss the requirements between production and courses in theatre, evaluate the difference between teaching production and teaching process, and the BIG QUESTION: what would it look like if a theatre program did NOT do productions? Check out our website for more information and…
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In Episode 3, "Into the Academe," Kyle A. Thomas and Alana Yurczyk discuss being on the job "market," how to brand yourself for a career in academic theatre, and the BIG QUESTION: is it worth it to work in academic theatre? Check out our website for more information and content on the show: http://teachingdrama.home.blog Acknowledgments: Music: “Tw…
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Welcome to the Teaching Drama Podcast! In Episode 2, "USITT," Kyle A. Thomas and Alana Yurczyk talk about their trip to USITT, the ins and outs of working in the educational and professional arenas, and the BIG QUESTION is posed to folks attending USITT. Check out our website for more information and content on the show: http://teachingdrama.home.b…
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Welcome to the Teaching Drama Podcast! In Episode 1, "Process," Kyle A. Thomas and Alana Yurczyk discuss the importance of teaching the process of theatre by learning how to fail (even at teaching), dealing with imposter syndrome, and exploring this episode's BIG QUESTION: what is the value of "fake it 'til you make it?" Check out our website for m…
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