Documentary theater tips?
January 23, 2009 8:55 AM Subscribe
HighSchoolDramaTeacherFilter: Any tips for doing documentary theater with students?
posted by HeroZero to education (3 answers total)
I'm teaching a new advanced high school drama class this year. We spent first semester studying and doing a production of a Shakespeare play. I'd now like to switch gears into something completely different: documentary theater in the tradition of The Laramie Project, The Exonerated, and the work of Anna Deveare Smith.
Has anybody out there done documentary theater work with high school or college students? I've found a syllabus or two online, but does anybody have concrete tips? Articles on the topic that students might find particularly engaging? Tips and pitfalls? Ethnographic/oral history interview advice? Anything whatsoever? I know I'm being broad here, but though I've done plenty of theater work, documentary theater is something I've only experienced as an (enthusiastic) audience member.