THE NICETIES Play & Professional Development

Saturday, February 9, 2019 -
1:00pm to 7:00pm
McCarter Theatre Center

Jordan Boatman and Lisa Banes in Eleanor Burgess’s The Niceties, directed by Kimberly Senior.
McCarter Theatre Center.

Teacher Prep Students, Alumni & Princeton University Affiliates: Workshop and reserved ticket for The Niceties provided at no cost.

Non-Princeton University Affiliates: Reserved ticket for The Niceties $40. Workshop provided at no cost.  McCarter Theatre Center will follow up after registration with instructions for ticket reservation and payment.

Registration is currently AT CAPACITY. 

GOING BEYOND THE NICETIES: Examining Systems of Oppression in Education, Effecting Change

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University.  Areas of Research: Racial Literacy, Urban Teacher Education, Critical English Education, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Black and Latino Male High School Students, Black College Reentry Women

Paula T. Alekson, Ph.D., Artistic Engagement Manager, McCarter Theatre Center; Organizer.

The ultimate intention of this program is to support the creation of safe, anti-racist/-bias learning environments of racially- and intersectionally-literate educators and administrators for the benefit of their students, student families, colleagues, and communities.

We will use the experience of Eleanor Burgess’s play The Niceties—a contemporary, complex, relatable, and evocative work of theatre art, which provides a palpable and arresting example of a fraught and dynamic dramatic conflict involving racial and intersectional tensions—as a launching pad for personal and professional reflection on social identity; forms of oppression; and issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Discussion will give way to a training on Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, its dimensions, and functional application to transform schools, classrooms, and individual professional practice. Effective strategies to disrupt and address racism and other forms of bias with students, parents/guardians, colleagues, and administrators will also be modeled.

Open to local public and private K-12 school educators and administrators, as well as to Princeton University students and faculty affiliated with the Program in Teacher Preparation and The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning. (K-12 educators and administrators are encouraged to attend in pairs.)

Format/Scope of Workshop Day:

1:00 – 1:45pm     Pre-Show Workshop: Setting the Stage—Overview of Play and Concepts for the Day

2:00 – 4:00pm     Performance Experience: Eleanor Burgess’s The Niceties                           

4:00 – 4:45pm     Venue Change/Refreshments and Post-Show Discussion

4:45 – 7:00pm     Training with Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz


A Princeton University Program in Teacher Preparation, the Lewis Center for the Arts, and McCarter Theatre Center Partnership Program

Sponsored by

Princeton University Campus Conversations on Identities Fund

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