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The Open Theatre: An Introduction to Theatre OER - Deadline Extended

Posted By Danny Devlin, Bismarck State College, Monday, January 8, 2018

The Open Theatre: An Introduction to Theatre

Open Educational Resource (OER)

You are invited to submit a proposal for possible inclusion in a brand new initiative to create a fully peer-reviewed Open Educational Resource for Introduction to Theatre classes, under the working title The Open Theatre. The Open Theatre intends to be a crowd sourced, curated set of course materials developed by experts in the field, covering the major historical, practical, and theoretical topics relevant to an Introduction to Theatre class. The Open Theatre seeks to challenge traditional methods of creating and disseminating such material, moving beyond pre-defined textbook pathways towards an open-ended, user and/or instructor defined pathway through the material of an Introduction to Theatre course.

Open Educational Resources are any digital educational materials that are freely available for students, instructors, and self-learners. They operate under Creative Commons licenses that permit no-cost access, use, repurposing, adaptation, redistribution, and revision. In addition to texts, this may include images, video, audio, Powerpoints, lesson plans, quizzes and tests, essay topics, and other suggested activities. OERs may be accessed entirely online, or may be printed off by students at College and University bookstores, or at commercial print shops. OERs help keep costs low for students and promote the wide dissemination of knowledge.

The Open Theatre seeks contributions that offer insight into what a truly “open” set of theatre resources means for instructors and students alike: how might a theme of openness create new space for students to engage meaningfully with the practice, history, and/or theory of theatre in various topics? What does free and open (noncommercial, freely adaptable, inherently democratic and non-discriminatory) access mean to the practice, history, and/or theory of theatre? How can we “open up” the study of theatre? The Open Theatre seeks submissions written in an engaging, straight-forward style befitting an introductory level course.

The Open Theatre seeks contributions including, but not limited to, the following areas, broadly conceived:

I. The Creators of Theatre

II. The Consumers of Theatre

III. The Materials of Theatre

IV. The History of Theatre

The Open Theatre will be licensed under the Creative Commons-Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. More information may be found here:

The Open Theatre invites proposals from faculty members, practicing artists, independent scholars, and graduate students. Proposals should be 500 - 750 words. Questions about the project, or proposals on any or several of the above areas, may be sent to Dr. Danny Devlin (Bismarck State College) and Dr. Scott Knowles (Southern Utah University) at

Proposals must be submitted by March 15th, 2018. 

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