As personal technology becomes ever-present in the classroom and rehearsal studio, its use and ubiquity is affecting the collaborative behaviors that should underpin actor training. How is the collaborative impulse being distracted and what kind of solutions can re-establish its connections?
The daily work of a theater practitioner thrives on an ability to connect, empathize, and participate with other artists. This is true at every level, from performing arts students to established professionals. As smartphones, social media, and other forms of digital connectedness become more and more embedded in daily life, they can inhibit these collaborative, creative skills. Turn That Thing Off Collaboration and Technology in 21st-Century Actor Training explores ways to foster these essential abilities, paving the way for emerging performers to be more present, available, and generous in their work.
About the Author
Rose Burnett Bonczek is Director of the BFA Acting Program and Professor of Theater at Brooklyn College, CUNY, USA. Roger Manix is an adjunct lecturer in the BFA Acting Program at Brooklyn College, CUNY, USA, and at Parsons School of Design at The New School, New York, USA. He is the owner of Brooklyn Training Ground, an acting studio in New York. David Storck is Professor of Performing Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, USA.