Theater teachers are forced to adapt constantly. Whether responding to advancing techlogies, cuts to - or the growth of - their programs, or ever-changing governmental mandates, they struggle to serve both their students and their craft. Using a theater arts program at a midwestern high school as an example, this book explores how change, good or bad, directly affects students as well as teachers. Building on the work of the previous edition of Temporary Stages, Jo Beth Gonzalez shows teachers how to sustain confidence and outlines critically conscious teaching, a technique that encourages students to practice self-agency and critical awareness. Essential reading for all theater teachers, this indispensable resource is a font of invative classroom and production practices.
Jo Beth Gonzalez has been a teacher of speech, English, and theater for twenty-seven years, the past nineteen at Bowling Green High School in Ohio, where she also directs the theater program.