This session will provide sample exercises and side coaching strategies that will facilitate students’ creative autonomy, and provide support for the common difficult situations that occur in theatre-based arts integration. Participants will walk away with mini lessons that prepare students to make creative choices and engage in core content through dramatic play.
Leah Towle is a teaching artist focused on fostering student autonomy and activating students' artistry. She teaches youth and adult in creative drama, improv, stage combat, and STEAM at the Lawrence Arts Center, and theater, music, and art at First Five Years Preschool. She has trained through the Lincoln Center Education Teaching Artist Learning Lab, participated in the Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Development Series, holds stage combat actor certifications through Dueling Arts International and the Society of American Fight Directors, and has a degree in elementary education from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas.