- Risking Innovation in Directing Training: A Presentation of Manifestos on the Academyâ€™s Approach to Training Directors for the Future
First of all, I would like to officially admit that it took almost an entire day of cogitating to figure out that when a professor or grad student says simply, â€œthe Academy,â€ theyâ€™re simply referring to life in Academia, as in, at a college or university.Â Like saying â€œthe manâ€ when referring to the government.
I normally forgo dignity and ask the foolish questions both for my own sake and those around me who are clueless too but this time Iâ€™m grateful I had the sense to sit it out.Â Foolish would not begin to describe how I would have looked asking this question in this particular setting.
On to the panelâ€¦
Each participant read out loud a pre-written or thought-out manifesto on how to improve director training.Â The largest pitfall appeared to be that directors left knowing how to direct only in a University, not in real life.Â They also seemed to agree by the end that the manifesto for a Grad Student should differ from that of an undergrad.
It left me wondering first why on earth there even exists undergrad programming in directing since life experience really is what makes it possible to tell stories, and second what exactly I would get from going to grad schoolâ€¦other than the degree so I can then teach at colleges.Â I donâ€™t want to spend three years of my life not learning anything.Â I just spent the last 10 years living life outside of the Academy and learning a helluvalot, I donâ€™t care to stop now.Â The purpose of returning to school is to learn what I canâ€™t learn out here on my own with a limited budget.Â But, if as they said in this panel, I wonâ€™t learn anything useful for real life anyways, how do I justify going back?Â It left me disgruntled.
- Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Theatre: Support for Model Programs; Research Findings; and Collaborative Opportunities
Like most programs, this did not include prek as I had hoped.Â The discussion began at k, and I was so tired and hungry by this session that I didnâ€™t have the sense to get my hand up in time to ask for prek references.
There were a lot of references to research I already knew about and some questions/comments about the lack of support from administrators in schools for the inclusion of theatre arts in the school day.Â Yadda yadda yadda.Â Same old discussion with, yet again, no active solution proposed.
And so ended Day Two of the ATHE/AATE conference, Risking Innovation.Â Finally.