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Experiential Learning through Theater: Lessons from Broadway!
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Michael Watson, Broadway actor, playwright and founder of Broadway InMotion; Angela Pierce, Broadway actor and educator, currently performing in the new play Oslo at the Lincoln Center Theater; and Bob Hofmann, Vice President of Broadway Inbound, Shubert Organization
Sponsored by SYTA – The Student & Youth Travel Association
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“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
– Aristotle, from the Nicomachean Ethics
Aristotle might have been the first to write about the importance of experiential learning, and in today’s educational landscape, the value of experiential learning remains an important aspect of student learning. We strive to find ways to provide our students with diverse, experience-based learning opportunities and to help them apply their knowledge and conceptual understanding to real-world problems.
In this edWebinar, discover experiential learning with a panel of theater experts and performers:
- Michael Watson – Broadway actor, playwright, and founder of Broadway InMotion
- Angela Pierce – Broadway actor and educator, currently performing in the new play Oslo at the Lincoln Center Theater
- Bob Hofmann – Vice President of Broadway Inbound for the Shubert Organization
Michael, Angela, and Bob delve into how the theater enriches students’ learning and how attending a show can enhance education, using examples from workshops and master classes taught by Broadway professionals. The panel shares philosophies and techniques for engaging students in formal, guided, authentic, real-world experiences that can be transferred to classrooms (or rehearsal rooms) anywhere, regardless of the subject or situation.
All middle school and high school educators interested in bringing experiential learning into their classrooms are invited to watch this recorded edWebinar.
About the Presenters
Michael Watson is currently a director and writer. As an actor he has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, with National Companies, and with such flagship regional theaters as The Guthrie (Minneapolis), Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.), Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Walnut Street (Philadelphia), Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), and Huntington Theatre Co. (Boston). He has also made appearances in television and film. A member of The Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors workshop, his plays have been developed Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, MTC, Rattlestick, and Primary Stages in New York City. Michael attended Indiana University School of Music, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Hunter (grad in playwriting), and spent 16 years with the legendary Wynn Handman Studio acting and directing. He has been a guest speaker on theater at Columbia University.
Angela Pierce is currently on Broadway in the new play, Oslo. She has performed in other Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters including American Airlines Theatre, Studio 54, Circle in the Square, MTC, Second Stage, The Public, The Mint, and Roundabout Underground. She has performed at the regional theaters Cleveland Play House, Guthrie, Intiman, Old Globe, Royal Shakespeare Co., Barrington Stage, Bucks County Playhouse, Denver Theatre Center, and Shakespeare Theatre Company. Angela has been in the films Love and Everything in Between, Delinquent, Touched With Fire, Unburden, and HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack. Her TV appearances include Late Night With Seth Meyers, Blue Bloods, Forever, 30 Rock, Lie to Me, Private Practice, Criminal Minds, Medium, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: SVU. Angela attended The Juilliard School and is an alumna and board member of The Acting Company. She won the Boston Film Festival Best Actress prize.
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