The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) has selected 12 two-member teams of teaching artists and high school educators – including Lafayette’s Amie Kisling – to create a standards-based curriculum framework and instructional units in targeted areas of theater. The 2018 project, backed by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, supports the organization’s goal of providing high-quality professional development for its members and the field of theater education.
Kisling, who teaches in Lafayette’s School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA), will collaborate with Michael Bigelow Dixon, a retired associate professor from Transylvania University who now consults and coaches in Kentucky, Ohio, and Minnesota.
“I am thrilled to be working with Michael Dixon on a standards-based directing unit for the junior/senior level. We have had a few initial meetings, and the ideas and structures we are thinking about are so exciting,” Kisling said. “The opportunity to collaborate with a local teaching artist and create new ways of teaching theater is invaluable to growing as both a teacher and theater artist. I love a challenge, and I love to challenge my students. This project will do both!”
The 12 teams will receive web-based training and will convene July 12-15, 2018 in Cincinnati.