Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance Department of TheatreCollege of Liberal Arts

Department Chairperson Ann M. Shanahan Published

Contributing Author for How to Teach a Play

Congratulations to Department of Theatre Chairperson Ann M. Shanahan for her contribution to and  the recent publication of an instructional guide designed to shape the way dramatic literature is being taught in classrooms, both at the collegiate and high school levels. How to Teach a Play: Essential Exercises for Popular Plays provides new strategies for teaching and offers practical, play-specific exercises that demonstrate how performance illuminates close reading of the text.  Featuring more than 80 exercises, How to Teach a Play provides teaching strategies for the most commonly taught plays, ranging from classical through contemporary drama.

Developed by contributors from a range of disciplines, these exercises reveal the variety of practitioners that make up the theatrical arts; they are written by playwrights, theater directors, and artistic directors, as well as by dramaturgs and drama scholars. Written in an accessible and jargon-free style, How to Teach a Playoffers both teachers and directors exercises that can immediately be applied to the classroom or rehearsal. Copies are available through Bloomsbury Publishing at

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