UWP offers unique drama class for teachers

June 11, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-Classroom instruction will never be the same for teachers who enroll in a creative drama class at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

The class, "Creative Drama for Teachers," offered June 9 - July 3, is ideal for teachers who want to implement creative drama in classrooms and is designed for teachers of all grade levels.

The course will provide access to skills, materials and practice in approaching dramatic play, language development, storytelling and dramatization.

A distinctive feature of the class is that it spends time on classroom management skills for dramatic activity with large groups, lesson planning and assessment.

Students of theater who wish to develop skills in educational venues such as camps and children's theatres may also benefit from the course.

Instructor is UWP assistant professor of theater and fine arts John McCaslin-Doyle, who has received several awards for his work, including the Golden Star Parent Teacher Student Association from the Lake Washington School District in Seattle, Wash.

McCaslin-Doyle has had extensive experience working with children, both on the stage and in the classroom. He has worked as an instructor, director and specialist consultant for the Colorado Caravan, Arvada Center for the Arts, and the Missoula, Colo., Children's Theatre and redesigned the Village Theatre KIDSTAGE program.

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