The SETC 10th Annual Teacher's Institute - Chattanooga, TN
Discover and practice individual and group theatre education tools you can take back to the classroom that will enhance students' critical thinking, observation skills, creativity and learning across the curriculum.
The Teacher's Institute is filled with information designed for:
• Teachers and directors of theatre arts
• Teachers who use or intergrate theatre techniques into their curriculum
• Those studying to be teachers
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.
SETC would like to give a Special Thank You to Dr. Daniel Banks
and Adam McKinney for leading our Teacher's Institute in Mobile, AL.
Below is information from the 2014 Teacher's Institute.
We the Griot: Putting Student Voices & Experiences
at the Center of Learning
Presenters: DANIEL BANKS, internationally acclaimed theatre director, choreographer, educator, and dialogue facilitator and ADAM MCKINNEY, educator, activist, and former member of the Alvin Alley American Dance Theater.
In traditional African societies, the griot or djeli is the community storyteller, historian, and archive for communal knowledge. In this workshop, participants will explore techniques for productively and carefully engaging students’ life experiences as a catalyst for learning across disciplines.
Daniel Banks (far left) and Adam McKinney (red shirt) Lead The Griot Workshop in South Africa
Daniel and Adam guide participants through the progression they use in their work to think about the role and function of the griot in contemporary society, and share how to engage students in this leadership role. Using movement, storytelling, improvisation, writing, group dialogue, song, and games, participants explore the power of their own experiences and stories as they relate to important issues in their communities. They will then consider how these stories interrelate and, finally, begin to think about composition and staging their communities’ voices.
Discuss how to facilitate this type of work safely and confidentially, as well as practical applications of this process in different disciplines. Participants will leave with 1) a wider range of interactive, arts-based exercises to use in the classroom; 2) a template lesson plan for their individual disciplines; and 3) a support network of colleagues with whom to continue exploring how to implement this work in the classroom.
Daniel Banks, Ph.D., is an internationally acclaimed theatre director, choreographer, educator, and dialogue facilitator. Daniel has served on the faculties of the Department of Undergraduate Drama, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and the M.F.A. in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University. He is Co-Director of Theatre Without Borders, founder of the Hip Hop Theatre Initiative, and is currently on the faculty of the M.A. in Applied Theatre at City University of New York. He is editor of the critical anthology Say Word! Voices from Hip Hop Theater (University of Michigan Press) and, along with his partner, Adam McKinney is co-director of DNAWORKS.
Adam McKinney is a former member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. Adam has taught and choreographed in the U.S., Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, the United Kingdom, Ghana, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Palestine, and Israel. Adam holds an M.A. from the Gallatin School at New York University in Dance Studies with concentrations in Race and Trauma theories. Adam is co-director of DNAWORKS and chairs the Dance Department at New Mexico School for the Arts, Santa Fe.