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 2018 program.

Summer Institute Session 1: June 11-14, 2018 (Foundational)
Summer Institute Session 2: June 18-21, 2018 (Foundational) 
Summer Institute Session 3: June 25-27, 2018 (Foundational and Advanced) 

All sessions of the 2018 Summer Institute will be held at Joslin Elementary School, 4500 Manchaca Rd. Austin, Texas 78745.

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.

"The energy and positive feedback from facilitators was contagious and made me feel comfortable and excited about learning. Giving us time to learn, experience, plan, practice and synthesize was much appreciated. I have definite strategies to reinvigorate my teaching and bring exciting, student-centered learning to my class." - 2017 Summer Institute Participant

2018 Tuition and Fees

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


All sessions of the Summer Institute will be held at Joslin Elementary School, 4500 Manchaca Rd. Austin, Texas 78745. 


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

"This was an unforgettable, full body experience! Every teacher should take this training! I'm looking forward to advanced training next year." - 2017 Summer Institute Participant