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A Dialogue About Dialogue: An Ed. Director's Insights

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  Stage Partners Education Director, Maria McConville, chats with Katie Miller, the Education Director for NYC’s Theater For a New Audience. They discuss student writing, encouraging the less courageous, and even share a game.  MARIA: I’ve had the great fortune to work with NYC public school students on playwriting through the "New Voices" program at Theater For a New Audience. Before starting a residency, there's a great deal of planning with the teaching artist staff. But it never feels like work when writing curriculum with the Education Director of TFANA, cheerleader, marathoner, and baker of the best cake pops around, Katie Miller. Her...

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Teaching is Improvisation: A Teaching Artist's Perspective

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Stage Partners Education Director, Maria McConville, got a chance to catch the Fresh Professor, James Miles, between classes to hear about his love of collaborating with teachers, how the arts are the “main ingredient” to a student's day and about why you should attend the Arts In Education Roundtable Face to Face Conference in NYC this April.  MARIA: In your experience, and you have taught all over the place, how has Arts Education changed? Anything we should bring back? What are we doing right? JAMES: When I first starting working in arts education, I worked mostly in after school, as...

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On Building Ensembles: A Teaching Artist's Perspective

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Stage Partners’ Education Director and playwright Maria McConville discusses the importance of building a strong ensemble and how her play #VIRAL can be used to discuss important, but thorny topics through group work. As a teaching artist in NYC, I have the unique opportunity to step into a variety of school environments. There are the schools with the very active PTA, the schools where you wonder if the Principal ever actually comes out of their office, the school with student paintings everywhere, the school with metal detectors at the entrance…I can go on. But those of us career educators know...

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This Writing Life: Ian McWethy

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This Writing Life is a new series where we explore an actual day in the life of our playwrights. Today we bring you a day in the life of playwright... IAN MCWETHY!   Time log 7:30am - Alarm goes off. Time to get the day started! It can be hard to get out of bed some days when you’re your own boss, but it’s totally worth it. The morning hours are some of the best times to write. The sun’s coming up, the air is crisp. It's a good way to be productive and motivated! 7:35am - Yeah but jeez this is early. And...

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Jason vs. Morgan: The Interview, Part 2

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In which our heroes attempt to interview each other. Now. Jason will interview Morgan, which proves to be an exercise in journalistic futility…?JASON: So you interviewed me last time and now I’m going to interview you.MORGAN: Cape Cod.JASON: I didn’t ask anything yet.MORGAN: Oh. I thought you were going to ask where I grew up. I grew up on Cape Cod.JASON: Well I was going to ask that, but you ruined it.MORGAN: Sorry.JASON: Just. It’s ok. Just. Why don’t you let me ask the questions and THEN you answer. That’s traditionally how this works.MORGAN: Right. Of course. Yes. Haha. Yes.JASON:...

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