ERIC Number: ED404558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
This publication is a compilation of information on "literacy theater," a process that involves the act of presenting a short, worst-case scenario that is followed by the actors staying in character for a dialogue with audience members. The guide defines literacy theater as being constructed to involve the interaction of two to five people, a facilitator, and the audience; it demands cooperation and teamwork. Following an introduction, chapter I offers a history of the full literacy theater process. Chapter II addresses the rationale. Chapter III offers thoughts on facilitation: asking questions to model interaction, listening, directing the audience to unexplored solutions, repeating audience's questions and comments, and complimenting the audience. Chapter IV focuses on the actors--who they are, what the actor needs to know about his/her character, costumes, training, basic acting techniques, and staying in character. Chapter V discusses how to create a good scenario. Chapter VI explains some techniques for performing. Chapter VII provides some training exercises with their purposes. Chapters VIII and IX focus on theater with two special groups---teenagers and in corrections. Chapters X and XI discuss evaluation and funding. Sample scenarios are presented throughout the manual. Appendixes include names and addresses of people who have been involved in literacy theater and 16 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Acting, Adolescents, Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Correctional Education, Creative Dramatics, Creative Thinking, Experiential Learning, Improvisation, Learning Activities, Literacy Education, Role Playing, Secondary Education, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Theater Arts
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Hampshire State Dept. of Education, Concord.