Teaching Difficult Dramatic Texts: A Collaborative Inquiry Using Dramaturgy
How do you motivate a room of students in a college preparatory English class in a high-needs secondary school to study a challenging text? Through a partnership between the school and a dramaturgy project/theatre production at a nearby liberal arts college, students are motivated to visit and do a close, textual analysis of the play The Plough and the Stars (1926). In this article Richard Pettengill, together with Dawn Abt-Perkins and Shannon Buckley, reflects on this program and the application of dramaturgical practices in schools.
Pettengill, Richard, Dawn Abt-Perkins, Shannon Buckley, and Katherine Babcock. “Teaching Difficult Dramatic Texts: A Collaborative Inquiry Using Dramaturgy.” The English Journal 99, no. 3 (2010): 64–69. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40503485.