William Shakespeare said “All the world’s a stage, / […] And one man in his time plays many parts.” That statement rings true in the classroom, and as librarians teaching one-shot sessions, we have many parts to play. This presentation focuses on utilizing dramatic theory to improve three interconnected principles of acting and teaching: connection, communication and confidence. From the perspectives of both educator and actor, intent is at the core of communication. Drawing from the literature and personal experience, this presentation will demonstrate through examples how the tenets of acting can help us better connect with students.
Presented at LOEX 2014, Grand Rapids, MI