Curious About Theatre: Finding the human connection in a digital learning project collaboration with Curious Monkey Theatre Company for applied theatre university students

Kay Hepplewhite*

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This article uses a theory of recognition and empathy to examine how human connection online is developed in digital applied theatre practice and pedagogy. Theatre activities and university teaching were challenged during the pandemic 2020. Here, the work of Curious Monkey Theatre Company and a collaborative digital learning project for university students, Curious About Theatre, show responsive adaptations. Artistic Director Amy Golding describes the online performance and creative activities with community groups. The author’s strategies designed to substitute in-person embodied student learning in community-based practice outline how an applied theatre lecturer taught in a virtual classroom through technology-enhanced learning (TEL).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-269
Number of pages17
JournalResearch in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance
Issue number2
Early online date5 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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