Experiential Learning through Theater: Lessons from Broadway!

Presented by: Michael Watson, Broadway actor, playwright and founder of Broadway InMotion; Angela Pierce, Broadway actor and educator, currently performing in the new play Oslo at the Lincoln Center Theater; and Bob Hofmann, Vice President of Broadway Inbound, Shubert Organization
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“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
– Aristotle, from the Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle might have been the first to write about the importance of experiential learning, and in today’s educational landscape, the value of experiential learning remains an important aspect of student learning. We strive to find ways to provide our students with diverse, experience-based learning opportunities and to help them apply their knowledge and conceptual understanding to real-world problems.

In this edWebinar, we discussed experiential learning with a panel of theater experts and performers:

  • Michael Watson – Broadway actor, playwright, and founder of Broadway InMotion
  • Angela Pierce – Broadway actor and educator, currently performing in the new play Oslo at the Lincoln Center Theater
  • Bob Hofmann – Vice President of Broadway Inbound for the Shubert Organization

Michael, Angela, and Bob delved into how the theater enriches students’ learning and how attending a show can enhance education, using examples from workshops and master classes taught by Broadway professionals. The panel shared philosophies and techniques for engaging students in formal, guided, authentic, real-world experiences that can be transferred to classrooms (or rehearsal rooms) anywhere, regardless of the subject or situation.