|Brainstorming on our feet!|
As I said, it has been an eye-opening experience. Having so many people to bounce ideas off of and trusting these artists to know what will work in a classroom was an experience that was inspiring. I know that what we have come up with to share with the teachers and students we work with will be a huge success and a great learning experience. Additionally, during National Arts In Education Week we will be sharing our lesson plans with the 40+ teaching artists on the New Vic staff who will then give us their input allowing us to further revise the lessons we came up with!
What have your experiences been like in curriculum planning? Most teaching artists are expected to work on their own not knowing for sure if something will work or not; or pulling out a tried and true exercise from their bag of tricks that they know will always work for children rather than risk something new.
Let me know what your experiences have been. I’d love to know.
Joseph Giardina is the Director of Education at The New Victory Theater. From 2002-2010 he was the Education Director at Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA), an award-winning, classical off-Broadway theatre company. Their Education department is the largest to introduce Shakespeare and classic drama to New York City Public School children. Prior to his position at TFANA he was the Artistic/Education Director at Arts Horizons. From 1995-1998, Mr. Giardina directed and produced the New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival. He is the former Artistic Director of UPTCo and a Founding Member of Off World Theatre which was housed at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck, NJ.