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The RT Room - an open source forum for Reader's Theatre


UTA Lecturer Melanie Mason’s senior Communication Studies class has developed a website for educators and professionals, who are seeking information and/or currently implementing Readers Theater in their curriculum or program.

Readers Theatre can be defined as an integrated approach for involving performers and audiences in reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities. It involves the analysis, adaptation and sharing of narrative literature and is beneficial not only in the classroom, but also in the performing arts and community at large.

The RT Room was conceptualized by Ms. Mason and an elite group of communication students in a classroom setting. Building upon previous studies with Ms. Mason, her students have researched, curated, and developed the website. Each student assumed the role of Project Manager for an appropriate grade/reading level track, together with specialized materials for cross curricular, EEL/ESL, University and Community implementation of lessons or products utilizing Readers Theatre. After an open call for proposals, the project is happy to announce the inclusion of additional resources: lesson plans developed by Dr. April Sander’s pre-service teachers from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and resources curated by Dr. Dennis Maher’s senior level Theater Studies class at the University of Texas Arlington.

Open Source Learning is an emerging practice that allows interested parties to make the most of the scope and power of the Internet to create and manage their own learning experiences and produce interactive material that is available online to everyone. “We want our website not only to be a place for educators and artists to quickly find resources, but also as a point of connection to those who are actively using and creatively implementing this amazing way to share literature” said Mason. “Building an online learning network of like-minded individuals is, we think, an important undertaking.” The RT Room was developed in cooperation with the Department of Communication at the University of Texas Arlington.