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CRLT Players bring performance to K-State, focus on classroom issues

CLTR Players

LogoThe acclaimed CRLT Players are visiting Kansas State University on Thursday, Feb. 5 for two performances addressing effective ways of handling real issues found in university classrooms.

A touring theatre company housed in the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan, the Players create research-based performances that examine current issues in higher education. Using a range of innovative theatrical techniques, the Players' performances engage faculty, graduate students, and university administrators in critical reflection, respectful dialogue, and problem solving. 

Conflict in the Classroom - 9:30-11:00 a.m., Student Union rm 207

Conflict in the ClassroomConflict in the Classroom focuses on a conversation between students that moves quickly from civil dialogue to charged argument. It raises questions about how students' backgrounds affect the way they approach and engage course content, what constitutes subject-appropriate discussion, and what responsibility instructors have for productively dealing with conflicting perspectives that emerge in their classrooms.

The Players have performed Conflict in the Classroom at universities and conferences around the nation, including the University of Chicago and the University of Virginia. Viewers of Conflict in the Classroom have said:

  • "I wasn't sure what to expect from the theater format but it definitely facilitated a kind of conversation about classroom dynamics that was valuable and couldn't have taken place otherwise."
  • “Very informative-especially appreciated the different view points and assumptions by different people.”
  • “Extremely thoughtful, engaging, and provocative. I found the entire session useful. Great performances.”
7 into 15 - 2:30-4:30 p.m., Student Union Little Theatre 

7 into 157 into 15 is a high-energy, interactive performance that can be adapted to address a range of topics. Consisting of short plays presented in rapid succession, this performance format uses a variety of innovative staging techniques to place the challenges of teaching and learning within the academy center stage. Provocative and often humorous, 7 into 15 is perfect for opening up conversations about the different ways individuals engage with and experience higher education. Versions of this sketch have been created to orient new graduate student instructors, to welcome new faculty into a teaching-positive culture, and to address graduate student climate concerns.

Skits include:

  • Ass out of U and Me
  • Every Time a Bell Rings
  • Imposter, Fraud, Etc.
  • In Between
  • Practice Teaching
  • So We're All Clear On This
  • The Phenomenology of Academic Time (grad student version)

The Players have performed 7 into 15 at universities and conferences around the nation, including most recently at the plenary for the POD 2013 Conference in Pittsburgh, PA and at Brown University. Viewers of 7 into 15 have said:

  • “The CRLT Players was a unique experience, very informative, and an excellent format to cover a number of relevant topics in short time - nothing short of amazing.”
  • “The performances were wonderful and raised many important points.”
  • “I think they give a nice creative jump-start for teaching. Watching them suggests angles on the teaching process that I might otherwise not have thought of.”


To RSVP, please email Karen Fader (kfader@ksu.edu). Seating is limited for the morning session.

This event is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and is open to the entire campus. Graduate Teaching Assistants are strongly encouraged to attend one or both performances. More information about the CRLT Theatre Program can be found at www.crlt.umich.edu/crltplayers.