Summer Institute: Activating Learning through the Arts

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to host the Summer Institute: Activating Learning through the Arts. Pre-service and in-service teachers, and arts educators interested in using drama-based pedagogical strategies across the curriculum are encouraged to apply for the 2017 program.

Summer Institute Session 1: June 12-14, 2017 (Foundational)
Summer Institute Session 2: June 19-21, 2017 (Foundational) 
Summer Institute Session 3: June 26-28, 2017 (Foundational and Advanced) 

All sessions of the 2017 Summer Institute will be held at the Austin Independent School District Performing Arts Center (Austin, Texas)

Program Overview

The Summer Institute is a research-based comprehensive pedagogical exploration and immersion training experience in the use of drama-based instruction across the curriculum. This three to four-day intensive arts integration training program is co-facilitated by faculty and graduate students from the Department of Theatre and Dance and the College of Education. The Institute provides an opportunity for educators and working professional from across the country to gather and explore the power of learning in and through the arts.

notes and drawings on a pageDuring the Institute, participants:

  • Work in professional learning communities;
  • Explore drama-based pedagogical strategies;
  • Reflect on readings;
  • Develop and redefine new arts-integrated curricula and/or peer training modules, and;
  • Have the opportunity to observe and facilitate lesson plans.

The Institute concludes with the sharing of multiple drama-based lesson plans for peer review. Ongoing support for participants is provided after the class through the DBI Network website (which also serves as a virtual professional development community). In-service participants are also eligible to receive follow-up and support from University of Texas at Austin faculty through the Drama for Schools program model.

I am so much more confident and excited about implementing as many strategies as I can to my teaching. Such a worthwhile professional development - I feel lucky to have been part of this wonderful week of learning.
- 2016 Summer Institute Participant 

2017 Tuition and Fees

Contact Lara Dossett at for workshop fee information. Fees include course texts used in the Institute.


The 2016 Summer Institute was hosted at the Austin Independent School District Performing Arts Center. Location information for 2017 will be available in November 2016.


For non-Austin area attendees, housing is available through The University of Texas at Austin and can be coordinated through Drama for Schools.

This has been one of the most valuable (and fun) trainings I've been to. Everything we learned can be applied to our unique classes. It was inspiring.
- 2016 Summer Institute Participant