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Teaching Drama

Teaching Drama

By Kyle A. Thomas; Seth Wilson
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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Episode 12 - Dramaturg or Dramaturge? A Conversation with Lauren Halvorsen

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Snap Episode - Happy New School Year
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 Noncommercial (3.0) license; http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/texasradiofish/59216, ft: Copperhead.
35:05
August 26, 2021
Episode 12 - Dramaturg or Dramaturge? A Conversation with Lauren Halvorsen
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 digital performance. Reach out on Twitter: @TeachingDrama, @sethwish, @kyle_a_thomas Acknowledgments: Music: “Two Minutes on the Isle of Ska” by texasradiofish (c)copyright 2021. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license; http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/texasradiofish/59216, ft: Copperhead.
01:11:35
July 14, 2021
Episode 11 - Intimacy Direction with Dr. Jessica Steinrock & Prof. Zev Steinrock
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: @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 Noncommercial (3.0) license; http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/texasradiofish/59216, ft: Copperhead.
52:34
June 10, 2021
Snap Episode - Post-Covid Theatre
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 Noncommercial (3.0) license; http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/texasradiofish/59216, ft: Copperhead.
36:00
May 28, 2021
Episode 10 - Publish or Perish?! An Interview with Dr. Marla Carlson
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 know about publishing? All this and more with one of the most respected theatre scholars today. Reach out on Twitter: @Teaching_Drama, @sethwish, @kyle_a_thomas Acknowledgments: Music: “Two Minutes on the Isle of Ska” by texasradiofish (c)copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license; http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/texasradiofish/59216, ft: Copperhead.
01:01:12
April 6, 2021
Episode 9 - A Shakespeare Sandwich
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 Twitter: @Teaching_Drama, @sethwish, @kyle_a_thomas Acknowledgments: Music: “Two Minutes on the Isle of Ska” by texasradiofish (c)   copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution  Noncommercial (3.0) license; http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/texasradiofish/59216, ft: Copperhead.
01:18:44
March 1, 2021
Episode 8 - Subsidizing Theatre?
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. Reach out on Twitter: @Teaching_Drama Acknowledgments: Music: “Two Minutes on the Isle of Ska” by texasradiofish (c)   copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution  Noncommercial (3.0) license; http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/texasradiofish/59216, ft: Copperhead.
01:01:05
January 14, 2021
Episode 7 - Theatre and the Life After
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 about struggle and contest that have come to define the artistry of professional theatre. If you want to see what Alana's been up to in recent months check out her YouTube channel: AKY Design Studio.  Reach out on Twitter: @Teaching_Drama Acknowledgments: Music: “Two Minutes on the Isle of Ska” by texasradiofish (c)  copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license; http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/texasradiofish/59216, ft: Copperhead.
01:12:16
April 17, 2020
Episode 6 - Theatre and the Landscape of Higher Education
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 light of shuttered theatre departments at the University of Tulsa and Bradly University. Twitter: @Teaching_Drama Acknowledgments: Music: “Two Minutes on the Isle of Ska” by texasradiofish (c)  copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license; http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/texasradiofish/59216, ft: Copperhead.
01:15:48
March 21, 2020
Snap Episode - Theatre & COVID-19
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 and we'll be back soon with more episodes!
07:59
March 13, 2020
Episode 5 - The Situation at the University of Tulsa
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 university's attempt to prepare for the future of higher education in the United States. Kyle and Alana lay the ground work of their research into TU's plan and explain why this theatre program at this university is at the center of the tectonic shifts happening between the arts and higher education in America. Check out our website for more information and content on the show: http://teachingdrama.home.blog Acknowledgments: Music: “Two Minutes on the Isle of Ska” by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license; http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/texasradiofish/59216, ft: Copperhead.
01:11:57
June 27, 2019
Episode 4 - But I Have Rehearsal
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 content on the show: http://teachingdrama.home.blog Acknowledgments: Music: “Two Minutes on the Isle of Ska” by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license; http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/texasradiofish/59216, ft: Copperhead.
55:32
April 17, 2019
Episode 3 - Into the Academe
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: “Two Minutes on the Isle of Ska” by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license; http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/texasradiofish/59216, ft: Copperhead.
53:56
April 4, 2019
Episode 2 - USITT
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.blog Acknowledgments: Music: “Two Minutes on the Isle of Ska” by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license; http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/texasradiofish/59216, ft: Copperhead.
50:59
March 26, 2019
Episode 1 - Process
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 more information and content on the show: http://teachingdrama.home.blog Acknowledgments: Music: “Two Minutes on the Isle of Ska” by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license; http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/texasradiofish/59216, ft: Copperhead.
46:50
March 18, 2019