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Playhouse Institute goes international

Seven teachers from Brazil are joining their American counterparts to discuss new teaching techniques


Bucks County Playhouse, like most education centers, went virtual due to the coronavirus, and now its online educational programming is going international.

United States participants in the upcoming Playhouse Institute virtual workshop will be joined by colleagues from halfway around the world. The education conference that began as an in-person event at the Playhouse in 2018 has expanded its reach by moving the forum online. This has given an opportunity for seven teachers from Avenues: The World School San Paolo Campus to join this year.

“Our reach is growing because we can offer our workshops virtually, and our students are able to join their international counterparts to engage in an online discussion,” said Michaela Murphy, director of education. “This would not have happened if we didn’t rethink how we could present the material in a pandemic environment.”

Playhouse Institute, the educational arm of the nonprofit Bucks County Playhouse, announced it will host its annual conference virtually May 13-14. Tuition for “Sparking Inspiration in 2021: Learning Experiences that Engage and Motivate Learners” is $300. The Playhouse Institute is designed to offer training for constituencies ranging from professional educators to members of the corporate community by utilizing theater and communication skills. Details on the program are available at bcptheater.org or by calling Murphy at 215-862-2121. Limited space is still available.

As teachers move from in-person teaching to remote and hybrid models (and back and forth between all three), many are reconsidering what “works.” This workshop, facilitated by Erica Chapman and David Dunbar of the DKDK Project, invites participants to consider the role student engagement and motivation play in deep learning.

Over the course of four sessions, this workshop will reframe teaching in 2021 as an opportunity to design learning experiences that inspire students to take ownership over their own learning. Participants will collaborate with educators from a variety of schools to consider where engagement and motivation come from and how they are linked to deep, transformational student learning experiences.

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