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The Theatre Professor's Podcast

The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II

A podcast for theatre educators, by a theatre educator. The Theatre Professor's Podcast shares insight into how to improve as an educator, and keeps an eye on up and coming technological advances in the field.



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Apr 22, 2015 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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The semester is almost over, so I thought it was time to give you a small update on the gamification in the classroom experiment.  There have been some ups and downs, but in the end, it seems that introducing competition, and gaming into the classroom, seems to have helped the students retain information, and actually research more about the subjects we are talking about. But there were failures, which give me a lot to think about.  Moving forward I want to expand how I use gamification, and...
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Mar 4, 2015 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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The other day I was meandering around The Theatre Professor forums when I came across a post with some wonderful little paintings.  Using Art Set Pro, Kelly Garcia had begun creating images for the backs of playing cards.  These cards are to be used in a game that's currently titled Physics: The Game.   Well, right then and there I knew I had to get her on a podcast.  If you know me, then you know that using games in the classroom is important to how I educate students.  And Kelly is doing...
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Jan 14, 2015 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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In the old days, I used a daily planner to keep track of everything I did.  Now, everything is digital, and Google Calendar is my program of choice when it comes to keeping a theatre production organized.
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Jan 8, 2015 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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This week we chat about the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival  and the workshops that I both attended and presented.     We also look at how to overcome some of that nervousness you get from trying something new.  
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Dec 31, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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With the final podcast of 2014, we take a look at where The Theatre Professor will go in 2015.   And of course I share with you what resolutions I have for making The Theatre Professor even better in 2015!
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Dec 17, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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This week on The Theatre Professor I take a look at how technology can actually create havoc if you don't pay attention to it.  I bring a story of two email addresses that decided they would rather switch identities.  Along with that we look at ways to avoid that type of snafu.
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Dec 3, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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Things are changing ever so slightly with The Theatre Professor!  We will be increasing the number of interviews that occur on the podcast!  Yeppers, I'm already in process of setting up my next interview, and have another couple people in mind for future interviews.  I've been wanting to increase my interview podcasts for a while now, but never really had the time.  With the upcoming semester break, I thought it would be the perfect time to record several so that I can have a backup of...
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Nov 19, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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Using iPads in the classroom is an intriguing idea.  As I love technology, I think that iPads would help facilitate education if used correctly.  This week we talk about ideas and tools to help incorporate the iPad into the classroom.
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Nov 19, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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I have been doing theatre for 20 years now.  And I love my profession.  But truth is, people don’t fully understand the amount of work that goes into theatre.  In fact many people believe all I do most days is “play.” Well, I took to a little bit of a rant this week, explaining that theatre is more work than you might actually think.
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Oct 22, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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Well, by now you've probably seen the changes to the website.  Though not drastic, they are big enough to make the sort of impact I want to have as an educator.  We now have places to talk to each other, via the forums, as well as a linke to the resources I constantly talk about.   What does all this mean for you, the user?  Well, my hope is that it is a more complete experience.  This will be the last time I talk about the changes, so if there is anything that you feel needs to be...
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Oct 15, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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As we move forward with the website and begin our focus on technology, I wanted to bring on someone who has been at the forefront of technology in the classroom at the school I teach at.   I met Brad Weaver early in my tenure at Westminster College, but it was his recording one of my lectures for a podcast that actually pushed me into podcasting.  As part of his class, Brad, along with a student, recorded me as I gave a presentation on technology in theatre.  And just a couple days later I...
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Oct 8, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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The life of an academic often revolves around the student.  Today we are talking about student designers.  Though one of the most enjoyable parts of teaching theatre, it can often be frustrating as well.   I go through seven points that can help you as you mentor your students through the design process.
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Sep 17, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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Gaming.  This is something that I hold near and dear to my heart.  I remember playing my first video games on my dad's old Atari system.  And now I sit in a house with two computers, 2 iPhones, an iPad, a Nintendo Wii, and a Nintendo 3Ds, all of which are capable of gaming.  The current generation expects gaming in one way or another. And now it's time to look at using it in the classroom. This is nothing exceptionally new.  We have had gaming in the classroom for a long time.  Think of...
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Sep 10, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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Sep 3, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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Today we look at social media, and how it can help you as you cultivate prospective students and audience members.  I talk about which ones are popular, and how I am using them.
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Aug 28, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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Man oh man, the economy, it continues to hit hardest at home. Today we're talking about how the economy continue to affect the arts in education, including budget cuts, layoffs and more.  No school is exempt from these changes that are happening to higher education. And if we don't adapt, then we will fall behind, and lose out on the opportunities that may be presented to us in the future. During the podcast I give a few tips that may seem evident to some, but insight to others, to help reduce...
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Aug 21, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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The Theatre Professor Podcast is back after a forced hiatus this summer.  Find out what happened, and where the website is going over the next couple of months!
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May 13, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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If you remember the original production of The Who's Tommy, then you've seen some sort of projection.  Though I never saw the production live, I do remember being in awe of the projections filling the screens when I watched film clips of that production.  I'll admit, it confused me a bit.  The idea of projecting pieces onto the set, and using those to help tell the story had never occurred to me.  Little did I know that many years later I would use projections to enhance my productions....
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Apr 29, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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Alright, so I’ve decided, this is unofficially Creative Commons week here at the Theatre Professor.  The best part about it is that I’ve only touched the surface.  Later this week I have posts that deal with CC Vector Graphics and CC Video.  Who knew all this was out there and available to use.  Prior to January, I didn’t, but now that I do, I’m happy to be sharing it with you. Today’s podcast deals with the nitty-gritty details of Creative Commons.  I’ve known and used CC...
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Apr 22, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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I want to share what I am learning while I create my first online hybrid course.  This is the first in multiple podcasts/blog posts dealing with hybrid teaching.
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Apr 15, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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I have been active in theatre for almost 20 years now, and a theatre educator for almost 10 years.  For me there was a single instance that changed the course of my life from where I was headed, to where I am now.  And many of us in this field have mentors that have helped us on our journey. Mrs. Eva Melatti was that person for me. Eva recently retired from education, but for 34 years she was a teacher, an administrator and an inspiration to the students who happened to cross her path in the...
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Apr 8, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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The syllabus.  The grand item that continues to cause me headaches, even after having written and tweaked so many after nine years of teaching.  The syllabus is a tool that, when I originally started teaching, I thought was a total waste of my time.  Just another piece of paper added to the dozens of other pieces I would print out over the course of a semester.  I think about it now, and thought I cannot remember my first set of syllabi from my first semester in college, I understand the...
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Mar 25, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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I got to thinking this week about what I felt was most important to share with you guys in regards to education and theatre. I realized that I had not talked about what I view as probably the most important part of this podcast, and that is getting a job. So before I go too deep into things like rubrics and grading methodology, let's drop back to the basics, and discuss the things I view as most important in getting that first job, or even better, getting that dream job.
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Mar 19, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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Today we talk about going paperless in the classroom and onstage.  With the advancement of technology, what can we do to reduce paper waste while still achieving our educational objectives.
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Mar 11, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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Today we talk about the highlights of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, as well as why such conferences are useful, to both you, and your students.
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Mar 3, 2014 The #1 Theatre Educator Podcast hosted by Terry Dana Jachimiak II
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We look at who are target audience is today, and what we hope to do with this podcast.