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Digital Play: Performance Making

An introduction to digital performance making and digital learning in the context of the studio and online spaces.

Date: 26 November 2021
Time: 1 - 4pm
Price: £35 per person


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Developed specifically for tutors delivering a performing arts programme, this 3-hour CPD workshop will share ways for you to integrate creative digital technologies into your teaching and learning. This session will help you to identify ways in which you can encourage your students to repurpose smartphone devices, free apps, and online spaces to explore new ways of performance making that are relevant to both your existing practice and the restrictions of current times.

This session – now in its third iteration – will explore what digital performance making means both in and out of the studio context and how creative ideas can be explored without the use of costly and inaccessible resources. The philosophy behind the work is to encourage prototyping, iteration, and creative problem solving, encouraging students to utilise their knowledge and understanding of digital tools in a way that is innovative and valuable to them as developing artists.

The facilitator will share her knowledge and experience following 3 years of research with student groups studying the UAL Level 3 Performing and Production Arts qualification. In the session, she will share a proof of concept for how you can integrate these ideas into your existing curriculum, share real-world examples of relevant performance work and offer resources to support your continued learning following the event.

The session is suitable for all experience levels and alongside the practical experiments presents a theoretical framework to help you consider different modes of pedagogy and practice relevant to both higher education and industry progression.

This session will revisit and develop concepts and ideas from Digital Play: Performing Arts hosted in November 2020 and March 2021.

Please note: computer, smartphone, and internet access are required to attend the workshop.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify ways to integrate digital technologies into your curriculum
  • Explore the performative possibilities of everyday technologies
  • Develop interdisciplinary skills
  • Develop strategies to support student exploration of digital performance
  • Develop strategies to prototype exciting new ideas
  • Connect with other like-minded teachers and develop your own practice

Who should attend?

Ideal for those who teach performing arts qualifications at the following levels:

  • GCSE
  • AS level
  • A level
  • UAL Awarding Body (Levels 1–4)
  • BTEC

What you need to attend the session:

  • Computer access
  • Access to Zoom
  • Strong Internet connection via Wi-Fi or ethernet;
  • Access to a smartphone camera
  • A download of Isadora Core

Contact

If you have any questions about our CPD programme, please email ual.cpd@arts.ac.uk

View our CPD Terms and Conditions (PDF 126KB)

Digital Play: performance making

An insight into the research

In this video facilitator Stacie-Lee Bennett-Worth and Performing Arts tutor Anne Molloy discuss their recent collaboration and how Stacie's research has helped Anne and her students discover new and interesting ways of exploring performance in a digital space.

About the facilitator

Stacie Lee Bennett-Worth

Stacie is an Artist-Researcher and creative facilitator currently working towards a PhD that looks at the role of creative digital technologies in post-16 performing arts education at De Montfort University. She has delivered creative workshops and training across FE and HE institutions as well as developing projects with other cultural organisations. Previous work includes the Leverhulme Trust-funded project ‘Physical Actor Training: an online A-Z’ at the University of Kent where she worked with acclaimed actor trainers Professor Paul Allain and Frank Camilleri to create a digital resource of over 60 films for performance and actor training. She has since been made an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the University of Kent where she continues her affiliation. She recently co-edited the Theatre Dance and Performance Training Special Issue on Digital Training published by Taylor and Francis in 2019.

Stacie is an experienced artist, teacher and performer with specific interest in screendance, digital performance and visual arts. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of contexts, including the Big Screen Southend (2018), The National Maritime Museum (2016), SifDans Festival (2015) and in 2019 she was commissioned (alongside collaborator Bethan Peters) to develop two new works for the Seaside Photographed exhibition at Turner Contemporary. She was recently commissioned by Arts and Kindness charity to submit a creative response to COVID-19 in a series titled Navigating with Kindness. Her poetry film was then featured on BBC Radio Kent.

Stacie is a trustee at Jasmin Vardimon Education Company and is part of the HE advisory board at Digital Theatre+.

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If you work for a UAL Awarding Body approved centre and require an invoice to be raised for your booking, please email ual.cpd@arts.ac.uk.