Many of you know that I’ve been working on my Master of Arts degree in Theatre Education for the past few years. This has been through a teacher intensive program at the University of Northern Colorado. I travelled back to the States two summers in a row for three weeks of classes and all the rest of the coursework has been online. The work mainly has consisted of me spending most of every weekend working on homework for the regular classes.
My thesis course began last January, though some of it had already been in the works before that. I finished my thesis this November. If you’re interested in what its actually about, its essentially about how to use various forms of theatre, particularly interactive theatre, to address specific issues unique to international schools. These include a need for a sense of community among very diverse people; the constant cultural transition process that internationally mobile families face; and issues specific to the students, who are known as cross-cultural kids, as a result of the many transitions and high mobility that are a normal part of their lives. Everything I wrote about I actually tried and found success in at our school. I’d be happy to send it to you, if you want to read it! 😉 It’s only 120 pages! It’s honestly my hope that I can eventually share these ideas with other schools, as it every school is seeking ways to address these issues using the programs they already have in place.
I graduated on December 14th! I am so grateful to be done – to the Lord for giving me strength and inspiration, to my family who put up with my absence a great deal and to my students and colleagues who helped me so much along the way. I don’t know how many hours I spent writing the thesis – I would typically work on it in large chunks of time, sometimes as little as 4 hours, but usually for entire days or weekends. I definitely feel much more equipped not only to teach theatre but to specifically teach it at the international school. I’m very excited to continue to use what I’ve learned to grow my program at school, equip my students and to minister to their specific needs.