Contact Us | Print Page | Sign In | Join
Webinar - Fostering Conversations on Sensitive Subject Matter in a Theatre Classroom
Tell a Friend About This EventTell a Friend

When: Friday, March 10, 2017
12 - 1 PM CT
Where: Webinar

« Go to Upcoming Event List  


Members: FREE
Nonmembers: $35

Fostering Conversations on Sensitive Subject Matter in a Theatre Classroom

Presenter: Dr. Martine Kei Green-Rogers, University of Utah
Moderator: Dr. Jane Barnette, University of Kansas

In this webinar, participants will explore classroom strategies to foster conversations around sensitive subject matter (which include, but are not limited to, race, gender, affection orientation, politics, etc.).

These techniques and activities include ways to:

  1. Start a conversation in the classroom about a topic that may be considered “sensitive subject matter.”
  2. Engage with students and their ideas in a way that allows for a conversation to continue and for multiple perspectives to “live” in a classroom/learning environment.
  3. Intervene in the classroom discussion when you feel a conversation is getting tense.
  4. Move forward in the next classroom session if the conversation became tense or “out of hand” in the previous session or how to build upon previous conversations.
Before and during this interactive webinar, participants will be invited to provide questions for the speaker, moderators, and other participants.


Presenter: Dr. Martine Kei Green-Rogers

Martine Kei Green-Rogers

Martine Kei Green-Rogers is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Utah. She is also a freelance dramaturg and has published the article "Talkbacks for ‘Sensitive Subject Matter’ Productions: The Theory and Practice" in the Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy. As a Diversity Fellow in the Office of Undergraduate Studies and a Sustainability Scholar at her institution, she currently facilitates workshops across the University of Utah’s campus on Inclusive Excellence, Unconscious Bias, Sustainability and Social Justice, and using Theatre activities and games to help those teaching courses with a Diversity general education designation facilitate conversations in their classrooms.

Moderator: Dr. Jane Barnette

Jane Barnette

Jane Barnette is an award-winning teacher and dramaturg who specializes in theatrical adaptation. In both capacities (teaching and dramaturgy), she moderates and encourages difficult dialogues among diverse audiences. After eight years as Resident Dramaturg for the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University, Jane now teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and serves as the Acting Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Theatre at the University of Kansas. She also serves on ATHE’s Pedagogy Subcommittee. Recent and forthcoming directing credits include Sarah Ruhl’s Late, a Cowboy Song (2016) and Karen Zacarias’s The Book Club Play (summer 2017). Look for her book Adapturgy: The Dramaturg’s Art and Theatrical Adaptation in fall 2017 from Southern Illinois University Press.

Audio Information

Audio will be provided by VOIP on your computer speakers. If your computer will not support this option, please email Jessica Gill at for a telephone or dial-in option. If you have never used Acrobat Connect Professional, please see the following system requirements prior to the day of the webinar: Test your connection. A computer with a microphone and speakers or a computer and a headset, with a microphone, is needed. If you do not have this equipment, please email Jessica.

Technical Support

If you have any questions, please contact the ATHE office at +1(651) 290-7468 before the webinar begins. If you have technical problems during the webinar, email Jessica Gill at

Webinar Cancellation Policy: Notice of cancellation must be in writing via email. Cancellation by telephone is not allowed. To cancel via email, send the cancellation notice to: For attendees registered for ATHE CEU Webinar Programs, our refund/cancellation policy:

  • Notice of cancellation received 14 business days prior to the start of the first webinar in the ATHE CEU Webinar Program or single webinar offering = 100% refund minus a $50 processing fee.
  • Notice of cancellation received from 0 - 13 business days prior to the first ATHE CEU Webinar Program or single webinar offering = No refund


Refund Requests as a Result of Technical Issues: If a technical failure at the participant’s home or workplace prevents access to the live webinar, the participant will not be given a refund. It is the responsibility of the attendee to confirm system requirements and test their computers prior to the start of the webinar. We recommend you sign on 10-15 minutes early to ensure your systems are set up correctly. OR If a technical failure is the fault of the service provider and the webinar is cancelled, a full refund will be provided.

© 2018 Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). All rights reserved.
1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252 | St. Paul, MN 55114 | Phone: 800.918.9216 or 651.288.3430 | Fax: 651.290.2266