History Alive! guides students and classroom teachers through in-depth historical, political, and cultural analysis with the tools of a theatre artist. History and culture are lived experiences that require multi-disciplinary thinking to analyze. Teaching artists Kathren Martin will empower students to utilize, performance, creative writing, textual analysis, theatrical elements (such as; set, costume, etc.) and movement as means of analysis and articulation of analytical concepts. Both students and classroom teachers will be equipped with tools for historical, sociopolitical, and cultural analysis of time periods, historical movements, cultural artifacts, key historical figures, and the connection between periods. Kathren Martin has worked with students and teachers to understand better; ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, The Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, the Bolshevik revolution, the early 20th century, America in the 1940s and 1950s, the Victorian Period and Pax Britannica, Medieval Europe, and the American Civil War. But History Alive! is created for each class and can cover any historical period.
Students Will Be Able To:
• Analyze cultural artifacts like theatre to understand turning points in History better.
• Apply the four interconnected dimensions of historical thinking to understand the creation and development of societies/civilizations/nations over time.
• Demonstrate, through performance, creative writing, the impact of societal development on individuals.
• Demonstrate the connection between scientific and political movements with cultural, artistic movements.
• Use the principles of playwrighting to envision and embody the tension between freedom, equality, and power.
Use the tools of the theater artist to envision history as interconnected historical, political, economic, and cultural movements.
• Use theatrical tools to deconstruct conflict by using GOTE (goal, obstacle, tactic, expectation) a performance essential.