Teacher Representations in Dramatic Text and Performance: Portraying the Teacher on Stage, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Teacher Representations in Dramatic Text and Performance

Portraying the Teacher on Stage, 1st Edition

Edited by Melanie Shoffner, Richard St. Peter


128 pages

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This book examines representations of the teacher on stage - in both theatrical performances and dramatic text - in order to demonstrate how these representations have shaped society’s perceptions of educators in and out of the classroom.

At the heart of this book is the interaction between theatre and teacher education. By considering how dramatic portrayals reimagine, reinforce and/or undermine our understanding of the teacher’s personal and professional roles, this volume bridges the gap between truth in dramatic literature and truth in the classroom. Chapters critically explore the personas embodied by fictional teachers in well-known works such as Educating Rita, School of Rock and The History Boys and illustrate how educators might use dramatic literature and performance to interrogate entrenched ideas about the student-teacher dynamic. By bringing together a diverse set of contributors from the fields of teacher education and theatre, this book takes a critical look at performance, text, society and culture to promote a new understanding of teaching and learning.

This unique book will be of great interest to graduate and postgraduate students, academics and researchers in the fields of teacher education, drama and theatre education.

Table of Contents

List of contributors


Clay McLeod Chapman


Melanie Shoffner & Richard St. Peter

Chapter 1: Unfit to teach: Morality, panic and hazardous teachers

James F. Wilson

Response to Chapter 1: Sexual perversity in our dreams of teaching

James Stillwaggon

Chapter 2: Educating Frank: Mentorship in Willy Russell’s Educating Rita

Richard Corley

Response to Chapter 2: Educating Rita today

Andy Goodwyn

Chapter 3: Fun Home: Representations of a fractured father

Heather Welch

Response to Chapter 3: The complex multiplicities of teaching: Finding the right metaphor

Marshall George

Chapter 4: The teacher’s ethos in William Mastrosimone’s Tamer of Horses

Benny Sato Ambush

Response to Chapter 4: The teacher as savior fallacy

Shelley Nowacek

Chapter 5: Teaching the coach, coaching the teacher

Richard St. Peter

Response to Chapter 5: Reading coaches critically

Luke Rodesiler

Chapter 6: A rocker in teacher’s clothing: Outlandish lessons in School of Rock: The Musical

Pauline Schmidt

Response to Chapter 6: The danger of Deweys: What real teachers face

Lisa Scherff

Chapter 7: A holey trinity: Crises of communion in John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt

Jeff Spanke

Response to Chapter 7: Faith and futurity: Embracing the struggle

Julie Gorlewski

About the Editors

Melanie Shoffner is Professor of Education at James Madison University, USA.

Richard St. Peter is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Northwestern State University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Teacher Education

The Routledge Research in Teacher Education series presents the latest research on Teacher Education and also provides a forum to discuss the latest practices and challenges in the field.


Please send inquiries or proposals for this series to one of the following:

Will Bateman: [email protected] – Editor, UK and Rest of World

Elsbeth Wright: [email protected] – Editor, North & South America

Vilija Stephens: [email protected] – Editor, Australia & New Zealand

Katie Peace: [email protected] – Publisher, Asia

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRAMA / General
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities