Dr. Andrew Waldron
Dr. Andrew Waldron
<b>Department: </b>Theatre and Dance<br><b>Research Area: </b>LGBTQ+ Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Queer Representation and Pedagogy.<br>

Department: Theatre and Dance

Research Focus: LGBTQ+ Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Queer Representation and Pedagogy.

Potential Student Project(s):

  • Reading & Analyzing a variety of LGBTQ+ theatre pieces, tracking the data, so we can compare and contrast the works.
  • Examining the ways playwrights adapt materials for different audiences, and then analyzing / critiquing those choices.
  • Creating curricular models and pedagogical tools that involve arts education, youth engagement, and teacher training.
  • Investigating techniques for youth engagement in the arts.
  • Collaborating in the research and writing process to share the work with a variety of readers and venues.

Attributes/skills/background sought in undergraduate:  Undergraduate students interested in this work should;

  • Be comfortable discussing and engaging with LGBTQ+ topics, individuals, youth, and communities
  • Be able to confidently read and understand playscripts
  • Have a foundational knowledge of software programs like the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Have college level writing skills

Mentoring Plan: My mentoring process would involve meeting with the student to see which parts of the research project they are interested in. I'd also assess their skills in playreading and find out where they are coming from. Generally, I think we'd work through a play or stage of the project together so I could model the type of work I'm looking for. This would also allow time to answer questions, clarify confusing areas, and set expectations. Then I would give some independent work for the student to engage. Depending on how the student works best, I could see setting up a schedule for when they are working independently on the project while still maintaining an hour of face-to-face meeting time each week. I like the idea of writing research with undergraduate students so about 2/3 of the way through the process, we would shift to a writing collaboration process. Finally, we would end our work together with active reflection and advising on future career pathways.

Contact: 765-285-0979, Arts and Communications Building, AC 403-C