Teachers Institute

The SETC Teachers Institute is an all-day seminar that is designed for teachers and directors of theatre arts, teachers who use or integrate theatre techniques into their classroom teaching experience, and students studying to be theatre educators. In-Service, Continuing Education Credits and/or Professional Development documentation offered. Contact info@setc.org for more information.

10th Annual Teacher's Institute

Drama-Based Instruction: Activating Learning in and through the Arts

Thank you Katie Dawson, Lara Dossett, and everyone who attended the 2015 SETC Teachers Institute for a wonderful day of learning and discussion!

This recent hands-on workshop, Katie Dawson and Lara Dossett, from The University of Texas at Austin, explored the theory and practice of drama-based instruction and its use in the arts and non-arts curriculum. They shared examples and resources which explore how drama-based instruction can be used for sustainable improvement in 1) K-12 school culture; 2) teacher satisfaction; and 3), student success.

  • K-12 School Culture: Experience how the collaborative, dialogic meaning-making of the theatre classroom can be translated across all subject areas. Develop language to advocate for arts education and arts integration within school, professional theatre and community settings.
  • Teacher Satisfaction: Participants will learn the power of personal reflective practice using concepts and exercises from Dawson’s recently published book, The Reflexive Teaching Artist: Collective Wisdom from the Drama/Theatre Field.
  • Student Success, the ultimate “bottom line”: Discover how active and dramatic strategies can be used to support academic, affective and aesthetic thinking in every area of the curriculum to prepare students for 21st Century success in school, work and life.

2015 Presenters

katiedawsonKatie Dawson is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin and serves as director of the Drama for Schools program. Her areas of research include community-engaged outreach programs, arts integration, drama-based instruction, museum theatre, and teaching artist praxis. Katie is the former coordinator of the Science Comes Alive interactive theatre program at the California Science Center. She spent three years as a classroom teacher and over twenty-five years facilitating arts integration lessons in schools in Ohio, Chicago, Montana, California, Texas, Washington D.C., and the northern interior of Alaska. Katie was named the 2005 Winifred Ward Scholar and received the 2013 Creative Drama Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.

She received the 2012 Teaching Award from the Department of Theatre and Dance and 2013 Regents Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching. Katie has facilitated trainings, presented workshops, and given interactive keynotes at numerous locations including: The University of Southern California, Texas State University, New York University, Southeast Center for Education and the Arts, Young Audiences of Northeast Texas, Illinois Theatre Association, Texas Theatre Educators Association, Texas Association of Museums, Texas ASCD, the Dana Foundation, American Alliance of Theatre and Education, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the American Educational Research Association, the ComeOUT Festival, the University of South Australia, and the US Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia. Her scholarship has been published in Youth Theatre Journal, International Journal of Education and the Arts, RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, and the International Journal for Learning through the Arts, Teaching and Teacher Education among others. Her play, No Problem, is published by Dramatic Publishing. Katie worked as an actor in repertory theatres in Chicago, Alabama, Montana, and Los Angeles. She developed and sold two children’s television shows and made multiple guest appearances on talk shows (Donnie and Marie, Bob Saget, Ellen) modeling inquiry-based activities for families. Her new co-authored book, The Reflexive Teaching Artist: Collective Wisdom from the Field, was published in 2014 by Intellect/University of Chicago Press.

Laura DossettLara Dossett is the Program Coordinator for The University of Texas at Austin’s Drama for Schools Professional Development program and a lecturer for an Arts Integration class run out of UT’s College of Fine Arts. She holds an MFA in Theatre from The University of Texas at Austin’s Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities program. Before attending graduate school, Lara worked in the Chicago Public Schools through artist residencies with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Writers Theatre, and Timeline Theatre in Chicago. She has worked throughout the country and internationally instructing teachers on how to facilitate powerful learning through the arts. Lara has presented her practice-based work and research at several national conferences including the American Alliance of Theatre Educators, Southeast Center for Education through the Arts, and internationally at the International Drama in Education Institute (IDEIRI) in Limerick, Ireland. Her most recent projects include facilitating Drama-Based Instruction professional development in South Australia and Croatia.

jamespalmariniJames Palmarini is Director of Educational Policy for the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), a member of the Leadership Team for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), and executive editor of Teaching Theatre, the association’s journal for theatre educators. He has written extensively about arts education, including articles on methodology, standards, assessment, and a wide range of theatre-specific subjects. He tweets regularly at @edtadvocacy and blogs at http://schooltheatre.org/advocacy.




To download the press release for the 2015 SETC Teachers Institute, click here

Contact SETC Central Office for more information on continuing education units and/or professional development documentation. Contact your local education agency or fine arts coordinator in your county to find out what you need to qualify for Professional Development Credits. SETC will provide documentation on your participation.

Participants in the SETC Teacher's Institute are invited to stay as guests for Wednesday evening programs, which kick off 3 1/2 days of theatre workshops, shows, exhibits, auditions and design/technical events. Teacher's Institute is a separate program from the SETC Convention.

About Us

SETCThe Southeastern Theatre Conference is a dynamic membership organization serving a diverse constituency and reaching throughout the southeast region of the United States and beyond.

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Southeastern Theatre Conference, Inc.

1175 Revolution Mill Drive, Studio 14

Greensboro, NC 27405

Phone 336-272-3645

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