The Wisest of My Inner Curmudgeons

Every new semester – no matter how gray my hair gets - I am nervous. Before I head into the classroom and set up I always throw a glance into the restroom mirror and issue a wry smile. In the end it’s funny, really. I am nervous to do the very thing I am asking the students to practice – be seen. 

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Jim Senti
Student Teachers - Time to Train Your Vulnerability and Here is Why

Vulnerability is not a bad word. In the theater, in fact, vulnerability is tossed around as a commonplace term. In the arts, in theater, in acting, if you’re not exploring vulnerability then you’re not doing anything. Vulnerability, the willingness to be witnessed as you are, no matter the circumstance, is the keystone to a strong performance of any kind and is tirelessly trained by theater practitioners.

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Jim Senti
Moving Forward with Compassion

Every activity explored in Teaching Teachers with Theater! has ultimately one goal: To help us become more compassionate teachers. Compassion is the ability to see, to listen, and make thoughtful considerations of another’s feelings, point of view, and behaviors with little to no judgment. Compassion is what holds space for others and is what allows us to be considerate of our world. It is with compassion that a teacher can create a space where a student can find safety and comfort.

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Jason Vande Brake