1st Edition

Urban Playmaking Constructivist Teaching with a Radical Agenda

By Bethany Nelson Copyright 2021
    194 Pages
    by Routledge

    194 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores the concept of playmaking and activism through three research projects in which culturally and linguistically diverse high school students and young adults created original theatre around the issues that inform their lives and constrain their futures.

    Each study discussed by the author is considered through the lens of one or more best practices. The outcomes of the playmaking experiences, communicated through detailed ethnographic data and the voices of student participants, make a strong case for using what we already know about teaching to positively impact gross inequities of outcome for culturally and linguistically diverse students.

    This study will be of great interest to students, scholars, and practitioners in Applied Theatre, Theatre Education, and Art Therapy.

    Foreword by Jonothan Neelands


    List of abbreviations

    1. Introduction
    2. Methodology
    3. On the Shoulders of Giants
    4. Working on Wings to Fly
    5. Childhood is Fun
    6. Conclusion
    7. Epilogue





    Bethany Nelson is Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director of Theatre Education at Emerson College, USA.

    Urban Playmaking is winner of the Distinguished Book Award from the American Alliance of Theatre and Education.