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HT: Cardinal Stage offering final workshop on theatrical teaching for educators

H-T Report | April 9, 2021


This month, Cardinal Stage will host the third and final workshop in its Theatrical Teaching in a Digital World professional development series for educators.


The three-part series for primary and secondary teachers of all subject areas launched in October 2020. The workshops connect the values of theater to educational practices. The workshops are free and gives teachers the opportunity to earn professional growth points.


The final workshop of the series, focused on investigation and experimentation, will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon April 24 via Zoom.


The workshop will share a variety of theater-anchored activities to highlight the creative process. This session will look at the process of construction and deconstruction of content. Experimentation can lead to learning, and the workshop will highlight ideas that can be used to build student’s critical thinking and social and emotional skills.


Presenters for the workshop include educators Jim Ansaldo, Francesca Sobrer and Kalei Sabaratnum.


Ansaldo works at the Indiana University Center on Education and Lifelong Learning. Ansaldo is an experienced improv actor and the co-creator of Camp Yes And, which is a performance camp for neurodiverse students that strives for equity, connections and inclusion.


Sobrer is a recently retired secondary performing arts teacher. This year, she created an online drama club for students with Cardinal Stage.


Sabaratnam is a classroom teacher who has worked with fourth through eighth graders. She has created original curriculum for 10 years. According to a news release, in this session, she will share how student created role-playing games are an environment for collaborative storytelling, problem solving and investigation.


The workshop is facilitated by Cardinal’s education outreach coordinator Jim Morrison, along with artistic director Kate Galvin and IU Theatre education professor Gustave Weltsek.


Educators from across the country are invited to participate in the workshop. To sign up or learn more, visit cardinalstage.org/workshops. The workshop is interactive, so all attendees need a computer with a camera and microphone to participate fully. Cardinal Stage will be conducting participant surveys throughout the workshop series to get feedback and measure impact of this program. The program is supported in part by the Innovation & Exploration Fund, a program of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.