Returning to USD’s campus after this exciting summer, I am recharged for the fall semester. Over the summer I attended the annual conference of the Association for for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Notwithstanding the remarkable heat and phenomenal lightening storms, I presented a paper in a session titled: Let Them Dream The Impossible Dream. My paper discusses how educators can help enrich the theatre major’s training with entrepreneurial tools and business etiquette to navigate the often-unmapped desert of employment in the arts. Today’s college student is facing a delicate economic and uncertain career planning. With strategies and tools, graduates with theatre degrees can design a career either as an independent artist or as part of a larger organization – in the arts or ANY field. I am excited to be part of the vanguard of educators deciphering the necessity of this kind of education and developing a pedagogical approach to its introduction.
Theatre and Society classes participate in a flipped pedagogy of internet interactive learning by commenting on videos, exploring instructional media and taking online assessments.
Fall 2013 semester’s class made amazing group posts for their final projects which led to dynamic, well-crafted presentations that surprised these undergraduate, non-theatre majors and inspired many to get further involved in theatre either at USD or in their own towns!