Research in TYA: Moving the Field Forward

NOTE: Due to technical issues, this recording begins approximately 40 minutes in to the webinar. Please see the slide deck linked below the webinar description for more info on the projects.

Research teams from Colorado, Arizona, Texas, and Missouri will discuss their innovative research projects which will have a significant impact on the future of funding and development of Theatre for Young Audiences and arts in education practice.

Information about their specific research projects are below:

• Professors Gillian McNally and Amanda Rutter from the University of Northern Colorado share  their study of the impact of theatre for the very young and social-emotional learning for preschool students.

• Dr. Katie A. Bernstein and Childsplay Associate Artistic Director Jenny Millinger share findings from the Literacy@Play project, the US’s first randomized controlled trial of a drama-based professional development program, which examines drama facilitation learning for preschool teachers as well as language, literacy, and socio-emotional outcomes for their students.

• Elizabeth Coen, PhD and Samora Covington, PsyD are part of an interdisciplinary research collaborative that examines whether young people who learn emotional regulation skills using theatre’s embodied practices are more confident using them in everyday life and have better overall self-regulatory skills than students who learn these same principles in a non-theatre-based setting.

• Joe Gfaller, Managing Director of Metro Theater Company and Brian Kisida, the Co-Director of the NEA Arts, Humanities & Civic Engagement Lab and Assistant Professor will discuss their research through NEA Research in the Arts grant funding, which examines the changes in attitudes and behaviors about violence and conflict resulting from 4th, 5th, and 6th grade participation in the forum theater program Say Something, Do Something.

Slide Deck