The Canon In Education

Season 5 Episode 1 of The Dramatists Guild Presents: TALKBACK podcast is now available to download!

In the fifth season of The Dramatists Guild Presents: Talkback, which launches on October 23, we examine how we can challenge the status quo. Our six episodes explore how we can expand the canon and reconsider which plays are taught, read, programmed, and used to define the idea of what constitutes a classic in American theatre. How can we be intentional in the ways that we make space for diverse, and inclusive stories, while also reimagining the often produced ones, so that the American landscape of storytelling is truly reflective of the gorgeous tapestry of people who inhabit it?

The first episode features a conversation with theatre artists and educators Stephen Kaplan and Julianne Wick Davis. Host Christine Toy Johnson speaks with Stephen and Julianne about how to teach difficult or controversial theatrical works in the classroom, how to include more recent plays and musicals in a school curriculum, how teachers can use scripts and scores for educational purposes without infringing on the writer's copyright, and more. Discover the Guild's additional resources for theatre educators.

This season of Talkback was produced by Amy VonMacek and Christine Toy Johnson, with postproduction by John Marshall Media. The music is composed by Andrea Daly. Talkback is a production of the Dramatists Guild of America and is distributed by The Broadway Podcast Network. 

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