Rose Burnett Bonczek is a theater educator, director, and consultant with over forty years’ experience in the field. She is coauthor of Turn That Thing Off! Collaboration and Technology in 21st-Century Actor Training (with Roger Manix and David Storck), Ensemble Theatre Making (with David Storck), and One Minute Plays (with Steve Ansell).Michael Flanagan has taught theater and directed at colleges and universities for over twenty years. He is also a former English and general education professor and a former college administrator in departments of retention and student success, where he has used theater to revise curriculum in freshman seminar, English literature, speech, and other academic disciplines. He currently teaches Drama at Houston Community College.
Chapter 1: Theatrical Concepts Applied To The Classroom
Chapter 2: The Teacher as Performance Artist
Chapter 3: Creating The Story—Abandoning The Traditional Lecture
Chapter 4: All Of Your Classroom Is A Stage
Chapter 5: Your Students As Your Acting Partner
Chapter 6: The Educator As Director
Chapter 7: Your Stage In Action: Using Theater To Teach WritingAppendicesBibliographyAbout the Contributors
In All The Classroom's a Stage, coauthors Flanagan and Burnett Bonczek, both experienced theater educators and directors, provide fantastic suggestions on how instructors can improve their teaching craft by applying principles and exercises common in the world of theater. While these suggestions are primarily directed toward those teaching in colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, the lessons are applicable to teachers of all levels. The theater principles and exercises explored in this volume are a great way to reinvigorate classroom practice, engage with students collaboratively in the education process, and improve the knowledge and experience of emotional intelligence for both the reader and the students with whom they work. The creativity of the processes covered will also help instructors reconsider how they convey information to students and perhaps experiment with methods that are less traditional but more effective. The writing is approachable, fun, and enjoyable. In all, this is a fantastic work that this reviewer highly recommends to anyone attempting to teach in any subject. Highly recommended.
Reflecting a combined 45 years of its authors' theatrical and teaching experience, All the Classroom’s a Stage cuts to the chase that lies at the heart of both drama and education: the empathetic and imaginative telling of the human story. The great theater of the human experience and memory is hardwired into all of us (actors, directors and educators). We just need to discover how to tap into it. Flanagan and Bonczek have given us the tools to do exactly that. Sharing solid theory and numerous practical and collaborative exercises rooted in years of personal experience (their marvelous “war stories” alone are worth the price of the book!) and resting upon impressive scholarship reflected in the book’s valuable and extensive bibliography, the authors have provided all educators with an inspiring guide for student / learner success.
While everyone is fretting about “flipping classrooms” so technology can save us all, Bonczek and Flanagan remind us humanity is the greatest teacher’s aid. Merging the pathos of the theater with the logos of the classroom, they present us with the incredible, imagination-freeing, idea-multiplying, human-connecting power of group storytelling. The true beauty of it? No discipline is immune to the power of ensemble learning.
If you're looking to ignite your classroom, look no further. This clear-cut guide offers a renewed (and quite possibly brand new) passion for teaching. The clarity of the authors gives confidence to apply their techniques to the craft of teaching any subject with complete conviction. Their methods are sure to develop a trust between student and teacher that is the foundation for all good learning. And perhaps most importantly, it inspires young minds to engage in their education in ways that are both challenging and welcoming. I couldn't wait to begin teaching this Fall!
This book is a valuable addition to curriculum materials in the high school and community college Introduction to Speech course. Its exercises give the teacher fun and useful ways to get students to address and abolish fear of “performing” in front of others, as well as ways to enter into fun collaborations with each other in the classroom. Students open up, rather than shut down. Great work!
4/21/2021: The "Relate w/ Patrick McAndrew" Podcast featured both co-authors on Episode 153, titled “How Teachers Can Better Engage Their Students with Rose Burnett Bonczek and Mike Flanagan.” Link: https://anchor.fm/relate-patrick-mcandrew/episodes/How-Teachers-Can-Better-Engage-Their-Students-with-Rose-Burnett-Bonczek-and-Mike-Flanagan-Episode-153-etvhr5/a-a54398v
10/21/21, Choice: This book was included in a roundup of “Editors’ Picks for October 2021.”