Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Liberal Studies

Date of Award

5-2015

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Dr. Virginia Foley

Committee Members

Dr. Joseph Baker, Mr. Bobby Funk, Dr. Marie Tedesco

Abstract

Body movement, hands-on activity, embodiment, social interaction, emotions, and self-reflection allow teaching artists of Barter’s Theatre’s Project REAL to conduct a lesson with an implicit learning experience as the focus. Barter Theatre’s Project REAL exists as a theatre for education program that collaborates with regular classroom teachers on delivering the curriculum through specific theatre exercises in order to connect the material personally to the students’ lives. Theatre tools provide a human experience that enhances learning for the student by use of kinesthetic movement, social learning, emotions and interpersonal skills. To understand the effects of Barter Theatre’s Project REAL, the director and teaching artists collected interviews with teachers, administrators, and students. Teaching artists also conducted pre and post assessments and end of the semester surveys with classes. This study aims to give insight to the results of Project REAL’s pedagogy as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the program.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.