Western Theatre in Global Contexts, directing and teaching culturally inclusive drama around the world

by Jillian Campana and Yasmine Marie Jahanmir | 2 December 2020 | Posted in: Theatre

ISTA artist and board of trustee member Dr. Jillian Campana shares an excerpt from her new book Western Theatre in Global Contexts, directing and teaching culturally inclusive drama around the world. The 16 chapters in this text, including two chapters from ISTA artists Anne Drouet and Fenella Kelly, explore the junctures, tensions and discoveries that occur when teaching western theatrical practices or directing English-language plays in countries that do not share western theatre histories or in which English is the non-dominant language. It is intended to be a resource for scholars, artists and teachers that are working abroad or on intercultural projects in theatre, education and the arts.

This edited volume examines pedagogical discoveries and teaching methods, how to produce specific plays and musicals, and how students who explore western practices in non-western places contribute to the art form. Offering on-the-ground perspectives of teaching and working outside of North America and Europe, the book analyses the importance of paying attention to the local context when developing theatrical practice and education. It also explores how educators and artists who make deep connections in the local culture can facilitate ethical accessibility to western models of performance for students, practitioners and audiences.


WESTERN THEATRE IN GLOBAL CONTEXTS: directing and teaching culturally inclusive drama around the world
Edited by Jillian Campana and Yasmine Marie Jahanmir
Routledge 2020

Excerpt from Chapter 1: An Introduction to Western Theatre in Global Contexts
by Jillian Campana and Yasmine Marie Jahanmir

Purpose and Relevance

Non-Western theatre students, educators and artists often have an interest in the West in part because of what it represents: access.

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