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The Reflexive Teaching Artist: Collected Wisdom from the Drama/Theatre Field


While devising Suit My Heart, I relied upon my training in the ‘three A’s’ of performance studies conceived by my late mentor Dwight Conquergood as “artistry, analysis and activism” (2002: 152). With these ‘three A’s’ in mind, I set out to facilitate a devising process and create an artistic product that would positively serve all communities involved. The quality of the project would be determined not only by the efficacy of the play that we produced in the end, but by the personal growth of my students and the empowerment of our community partners throughout the process. Discovering the reach of my authority and breaking open my own painful family history in order to grow as a Teaching Artist were not original goals for this project, but turned out to be necessary developments.

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Citation information for the book: Dawson, K., & Kelin, D. A. (2014). The Reflexive Teaching Artist: Collected Wisdom from the Drama/Theatre Field. Bristol, UK: Intellect; Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

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Bristol, UK; Chicago, IL