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Professor Jonothan Neelands, University of Warwick

'Welcome to the Spielraum!'

This practical workshop will consider the characteristics of 'open space learning' (OSL). The session will invite a social exploration of the trans-disciplinary learning potential offered in an image of 'everyday' life. Through this process we will identify the challenges and potential of co-constructed and ensemble based learning.


Photo of Jonothan Neelands Professor Jonothan Neelands is a National Teaching Fellow, Chair of Drama and Theatre Education and Director of Teaching and Learning in the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick. He is an experienced trainer and workshop leader with a national and international reputation for delivering high quality professional training and development opportunities. Research interests include: participatory theatre and democracy; cultural and creative learning; the politics of cultural and education policy-making; teaching in urban settings; the sociology of educational disadvantage and the articulation of a pro-social pedagogy of arts education.

He is an associate of the CAPITAL Centre for creativity and performance in teaching and learning, which is a joint initiative between the University of Warwick and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is closely involved in the RSC’s Stand Up For Shakespeare campaign to improve the quality of Shakespeare teaching at all ages and stages through an ensemble and rehearsal room pedagogic approach. Professor Neelands has advised government on the identification and training of talented young performers and is Research Consultant for the National Council of Drama Training and a member of the RSC Education Advisory Group.

Professor Neelands has trained teaching artists at the New Victory Theater in New York since 2005, he also runs a Post Graduate Award for RSC actors training to work in schools. Recent funded research projects have been in partnership with Birmingham Royal Ballet, RSC and the National Association of Youth Theatres amongst others.

Professor Neelands is the author of several texts for teachers and students, which have influenced the development of drama in recent years including Structuring Drama Work, Beginning Drama 11-14, Key Shakespeare 1 and 2 and Advanced Drama and Theatre Studies. His latest publication is Improving Your Primary School Through Drama.

Email: j dot Neelands at warwick dot ac dot uk