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CTE: Teaching Excellence Workshop "Acting Principles for Faculty" 12:30-1:45

Center for Teaching Excellence, Thomas Cooper Library, Room 511
Jan 26, 2010
Teaching Excellence Workshop: Acting Principles for Faculty Peter Duffy, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 12:30-1:45 Center for Teaching Excellence, Thomas Cooper Library Room 511 Description: Effective teaching requires not only content knowledge and expertise, it requires effective communication skills. Instructors and actors both use their mind, voice and body to communicate with their audience. What can professors learn about teaching from actors? Are there easy theatre arts tricks that can be applied to the teaching/learning process to make it more engaging, personal, relevant and enjoyable? These questions will be addressed during this workshop. Through this interactive workshop participants will: - Learn basic principles of acting technique and how they can be applied to teaching - Identify how to apply basic design concepts to lectures - Discover the relationship between improvisational theatre and teaching - Practice strategies that place more performance responsibility on students Approaching teaching as performance engages the learner in a process of creating shared meaning among content, classmates, and the professor. By applying a few simple techniques to our teaching, this process is made even more rewarding for students and faculty alike. Drinks and chips will be provided. Participants are invited to bring a bag lunch or pick up a sandwich from the coffee shop on the main level of the library. Please RSVP by email, phone 803-777-8322, or online About the Facilitator: This workshop will be facilitated by Peter Duffy, assistant professor of theatre education at the University of South Carolina. Peter comes to us from the Irondale Ensemble Project in Brooklyn, NY where he served as the Director of Education, Youth and Community Programs. Peter served on the board for the International Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Organization, and is an active member of American Alliance of Theater and Education. His forthcoming book, Dramatic Improvements in Learning, deals directly with the issues to be explored in this workshop. This workshop is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. For more information, visit