Yes And.. Learning How Improvisation Improves Learning and Teaching

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


This session is being delivered in a face-to-face format. You'll need to come to the offices of the Center for Teaching Excellence to attend. There is not a virtual option available to attend this presentation.


In partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences Theme Semester, the CTE is offering a series of improvisational theatre workshops for all university faculty, staff, and students who want to make their classrooms more lively, engaging, and fun. Participants will learn basic improv frameworks and practice these skills with other novice improvisers. Research shows that teachers with improvisation training are more engaged in their teaching, are better communicators, better at planning what and how to teach, and develop the skills required to interact with students as individual learners within instruction. These sessions are drop-in sessions meaning that you can attend all three or just attend one or two. Discover more about improvisation techniques and how they may impact your instruction. In the spirit of the Theme Semester, come and PLAY with us.


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Peter Duffy
Head of the Master of Arts in Theatre and Dance
Director of Recruitment and Integrative/Experiential Learning
Department of Theatre and Dance

Peter Duffy is a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance where he heads the Master of Arts in Teaching program in theatre education. He teaches courses in applied theatre, arts-based research, dramatic literature for youth, creative drama, methods of teaching drama, children’s theatre and co-facilitates arts-based research with pre-service teachers. He uses theatre engagements with schools and communities to activate student learning and dialogue within communities. Previous to USC, Peter was the Director of Education and Community Outreach at the Irondale Ensemble in Brooklyn, NY. There he led professional developments with teaching artists and classroom teachers on drama as pedagogy and performance assessments. Additionally, Duffy taught middle and high school German, English and Drama for a decade in Maine and New Jersey. He is the author of several books and articles about the impacts of theatre on learning. He speaks nationally and internationally about drama education, arts-based research, cognition, learning and education, applied theatre, and devising and playmaking.