Summer Institute: Activating Learning through the Arts

Enrollment is now open for the 2016 Summer Institute

Session 1: June 13-16, 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Session 2: June 20-23, 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Session 3A (Advanced Summer Institute): June 27-29,
8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. 
Session 3B (Foundational Summer Institute): June 27-29, 
8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

How to Apply

For AISD Teachers 

Applications for Sessions 1, 2 and 3B (.doc)
To view this link you may need to download Open Office.

Application for Session 3A (.doc)
To view this link you may need to download Open Office.

For All Other Educators and Artists 

Application for Sessions 1, 2, 3A and 3B (.doc)
To view this link you may need to download Open Office.

teachers at summer conference
2015 Summer Institute participants participating in an ensemble-building strategy
"I love the inquiry, drama-based approach to learning and constructing meaning collaboratively. The strategies are practical and I'm excited to use them."
2015 Teacher Participant 
"I love this institute! The facilitators were so engaging and we learned so much from how you facilitated. Gave me so many new ideas about practical applications for my classroom - could incorporate immediately!"
2015 Teacher Participant 
"This institute has gone above and beyond my visions of what I thought it might be! I have nothing but positive things to say about it."
2015 Teacher Participant 
"This was an amazing experience that helped me to understand the importance of DBI in the classroom. In just two weeks there was a sense of community and commitment from all of the teachers. The Institute gave me a taste of what it is like to successfully incorporate DBI, which strategies will work best for my students, and the theory behind it all. Thank you."
2014 Teacher Participant
"I think this was the best facilitated training/PD that I have ever attended. The activities were very practical and I find that I can correlate them with my curriculum this coming year. This was a fantastic experience!"
2014 Teacher Participant

"I felt super empowered after I left the training."
2013 Teacher Participant

"The facilitators were great models and we received plenty of time to practice these new strategies in a safe environment."
2013 Teacher Participant

"The DBI Summer Institute was extremely valuable. This is one of the best professional developments I have participated in over the past 12 years."
2013 Teacher Participant

"This experience was not only very informative, but it was so much fun."
2011 Teacher Participant

"Absolutely a worthwhile investment."
2012 Teacher Participant

"...this truly encompasses what our program needs to be: a place that nurtures students."
2011 Administrator Participant

A teacher contributes to a poster dialogue about her expectations for the Summer
Teachers contribute to a Poster Dialogue which asks about their expectations for the Summer Institute.


The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance (UT) is proud to announce 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.



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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 professionals from across the country to gather and explore the power of learning in and through the arts. 

During the course, participants will:

  • work in professional learning communities;
  • explore drama-based pedagogical strategies;
  • reflect on readings;
  • develop and refine 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.* 


Teachers create an Action Plan illustrating how they plan to utilize drama-based
Teachers create an Action Plan illustrating how they plan to utilize
drama-based instruction in their classroom and school.


Contact Lara Dossett at for workshop fees. Workshop fees for participants includes course texts. 


This year's Summer Institutes will be hosted at the Austin Independent School District Performing Arts Center. 

Check out the Performing Arts Center here:


For non-Austin area attendees, housing is available through UT Austin and can be coordinated through DFS.


For more information, please contact Lara Dossett, Professional Learning Coordinator, Drama for Schools at or 512.471.6728

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