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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Theatre for Change

Education, Social Action and Therapy

ISBN 9780230243651
Publication Date May 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Building on Robert J. Landy's seminal text, Handbook of Educational Drama and Theatre, Landy and Montgomery revisit this richly diverse and ever-changing field, identifying some of the best international practices in Applied Drama and Theatre. Through interviews with leading practitioners and educators such as Dorothy Heathcote, Jan Cohen Cruz, James Thompson, and Johnny Saldaña, the authors lucidly present the key concepts, theories and reflective praxis of Applied Drama and Theatre.

As they discuss the changes brought about by practitioners in venues such as schools, community centres, village squares and prisons, Landy and Montgomery explore the field's ability to make meaning of a vast range of personal and social issues through the application of drama and theatre.

ROBERT J. LANDY Professor of Educational Theatre and Applied Psychology and Director of the Drama Therapy Program at New York University, USA. His publications include The Couch and the Stage: Integrating Words and Action in Psychotherapy (2008), Essays in Drama Therapy: Unfinished Business (2001), Drama Therapy: Concepts, Theories and Practices (1994) and Persona And Performance (1993). He is also a playwright and composer.
DAVID MONTGOMERY Clinical Assistant Professor for the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University, USA. He is a specialist in drama education, theatre for young audiences, student teaching and integrated arts.

Foreword.- Acknowledgments.- Introduction: The Praxis of Theatre for Change.- Part I: DRAMA AND THEATRE IN EDUCATION.- Educational Drama in the Elementary School.- Educational Drama in the Middle and Secondary School.- Theatre for, by, and with Young People.- Part II: DRAMA AND THEATRE IN SOCIAL ACTION.- Applied Theatre.- Part III DRAMA AND THEATRE IN THERAPY.- Drama Therapy.- Part IV: REFLECTIONS.- Imaginary Dialogue.- Glossary of Terms.- Endnotes.- Bibliography.- Index.


A useful survey of a number of strands of work concerned with the relationship between theatre and change in its many manifestations.' - New Theatre Quarterly 'A timely update of the very influential handbook on educational theatre...I commend the authors for their painstaking research, the quality of their scholarship and outreach, and for the groundbreaking and timely contribution of Theatre for Change' - Philip Taylor, Associate Professor of Educational Theatre, New York University, USA 'As one who teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of drama and theatre education, theatre for young audiences, and applied theatre, I would draw on this book in each of those courses as a means of helping students understand the connections among these disciplines. The work simultaneously provides an eagle's eye overview and a thoughtful, close analysis of specific praxis.' - Robert Colby, Associate Professor and Graduate Programme Director, Emerson College, USA
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