In this first short term staff training a common vision on the history and heritage of technical theatre is explored with a focus on the implementation in a curriculum. The workshop will include four major topics:

  • The rationale of teaching technical theatre heritage, how does this subject supports the competence needs of the students, how does it feeds back in their practice. What are the short and long term goals of this courses. Participants will present different cases from their own practice. Based on this a common vision is developed.
  • What methodology is used to include the history of technical theatre in the curriculum. Methodology is interpreted in a wide way and can include subjects / dilemma's like integration in other courses vs. separate course, practice vs theory based, lecturing vs. discovering, …. Participants present to each other, in the format of pitch talks, different ways to implement the subject. The different methods are discussed.
  • What type of time line is used for this subject. Do teachers use traditional theatre and art time frames or do they adapt to technology focussed time frames? Do the time lines differ depending on the local context? Should time lines follow the logarithmic of development? What anchor points can be used to give more insight in the relation with world history?
  • How can we structure information to reveal links and see relations, how can we track development, how can we format information to make it available in different ways (on-line, off-line, interactive, …)

The workshop is based on peer teaching, with input from specialists. Teachers from different fields involved in the history of technical theatre teach each other and share their views on the subject as well as on innovative methodologies for teaching and student research in the subject.

Participants prepare in advance different cases, pitch talks and examples of information structures (Databases, Interactive tools, Time lines, …)

After the workshop, the supported rationale is incorporated in the methodological guide. The developed vision for a time line and documentation structure is incorporated in the workshops for students.