Panel on Navigating the Technological Gap
"There's a Proscenium in Your Pocket": Navigating the Technological gap between 21st century students and teachers.
I would love to host a discussion about how and whether to incorporate new technological storytelling knowledge our incoming students who have grown up making movies on smart phones, snapchat, etc. and the older generation (literally anyone over 30) who did not grow up with this inherent ability. Is there a generation gap? Are we using the knowledge that they come in with to their best advantage as storytellers? In all of theatre history (save for a few child actors in Hollywood), the entry point to performance has always been live performance because the technology was so rare. But, now, since the first iPhone was released in 2007, most young people have been filmed hundreds of times before they ever step foot on a stage or in front of an audience. How does this affect our teaching of our disciplines? Should it? Is there a difference between stage and camera acting as most universities divide it? Or, is it as Stansilavski suggested merely just different "Circles of Inclusion?" For the older generation, even looking at yourself on camera is often difficult. "Watching your dailies" was something only the hardened film acting veteran could do ego-free. But, today, we are a selfie-loving society. How does this self-awareness in performance affect technique? What difficulties have teachers encountered and is there anything to be gained by listening to our millennial colleagues? Contact Amy Chaffee, email@example.com