March 02, 2009

A year goes by rapidly

"A year goes by rapidly, especially when you begin to enjoy what you do, to understand the language you speak, to make friendships, loves. And when you are studying with colleagues like mine, learning, reading all the books, watching all the films, going to all the shows, when you live like that, really living and loving, a year rushes by"

                                                                              - Augusto Boal, 2001

I read that extract from Boal's autobiography in December 2008, and nothing could more clearly express my feelings on my first three months of my Master's course: Drama and Theatre in Education at The University of Warwick. A BA Drama graduate, thrown into the turbulent and dynamic world of educational theatre I would leave the brightly lit studio of my evening classes - bursting out into the night air - feeling as if my head had exploded. New ideas, new ways of looking at theatre; teaching; life itself - revelations, moments of recognition, solidarity, debate and wonder punctuated every day.

Back for the second term in January 2009, beginning the research methods module and becoming familiar with the term 'reflective practitioner', I realised that is what I must become. Not only in relation to myself as a teaching practitioner in the classroom, but as a practitioner within the whole context of my course and experience at The University of Warwick. To find some perspective on the continuing revelations. Reflect on and understand my reactions to different theorists and practitioners and my actions and choices in my own projects.

That is what I want to share - with current and future possible colleagues, employers, collaborators, funders, students - to chart my trajectory, my ever moving stance as I encounter new ideas that inform and change my practice.


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