The Program in Educational Theatre at the NYU Steinhardt School – one of the nation’s pioneering programs in the development of drama education – will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at the Program’s annual forum, to be held April 21 –24 at The Frederick Loewe Theatre Education Building 35 West 4th Street in Manhattan.

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Educational Theatre Pioneers Lowell and Nancy Swortzell at NYU's Provincetown Playhouse.

The Program in Educational Theatre at the NYU Steinhardt School – one of the nation’s pioneering programs in the development of drama education – will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at the Program’s annual forum, to be held April 21 –24 at The Frederick Loewe Theatre Education Building 35 West 4th Street in Manhattan.

Founded in 1966 by the late innovators Lowell and Nancy Swortzell, the Program in Educational Theatre at NYU has graduated over five thousand students who have assumed authoritative positions in cultural institutions, colleges and schools, community centers and other agencies worldwide. The program is recognized as one of the foremost centers for preparing the next generation of drama educators, theatre practitioners, scholars and artists.

“It is hard to believe that fifty years have now passed since Lowell and Nancy Swortzell created this visionary and innovative program,” said Philip Taylor, associate professor of educational theater at NYU Steinhardt and director of the forum. “Since 1966, thousands of students from around world have benefitted from a landmark curriculum that promotes study in drama education, applied and community-engaged theatre, and theatre for young audiences. We’re extremely excited that so many of them will be returning to join our current students and various leaders in the field to participate in this forum.”

The 2016 annual forum will be comprised of workshops, papers, posters, narratives, and performances around one of the following topics:

Drama in Education, including studies in drama/theatre curriculum, special education, integrated arts, assessment and evaluation;
Applied Theatre, consisting of studies in community-based theatre, theatre of the oppressed, the teaching artist, diversity and inclusion; and
Theatre for Young Audiences and Play Production, addressing studies in acting, directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, dramatic literature, theatre technology, arts-based research methodologies.

Sample areas to be addressed in the forum include queer theatre by young audiences; overcoming the challenges of producing theatre in many different spaces; theatre and new media: Dorothy Heathcote in the digital age; theatre as research; the artistry of the teaching artist; and applied theatre in post-revolution Egypt.

The 2016 forum will also name the first ever Swortzell Innovator Awards for leadership in the field of Educational Theatre in each of the three categories listed above. To register to attend or for more information, visit the forum's website.

The Educational Theatre Program at NYU Steinhardt is the oldest program in the country dedicated to developing the next generation of theatre artists and educators for careers in schools, cultural institutions, and community settings. The program offers undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees in Educational Theatre to help studnets develop artistic praxis in traditional and non-traditional performance spaces, and learn how to apply their craft in educational and outreach sites. Students study with internationally renowned faculty and notable theatre educators from around the world.


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