Mary Elizabeth Cooney

Mary Elizabeth Cooney


Mary Elizabeth Cooney

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Mary Elizabeth Pratt Cooney, director of undergraduate recruiting and retention, is a graduate of Wayne State University (MFA and PhD). She has conducted workshops and taught and worked as a drama consultant in the Detroit Public Schools and in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb and Washtenaw county schools. She has taught at Eastern Michigan University and presented at numerous conferences both here and abroad.

Recent Publications

Creative Performances - Off-Campus:

'Imagining the 21st century classroom: Thinking beyond the theory/practice divide' seminar (presenter) Canadian Association of Theatre Research Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 2008.
'Post-Structuralist Performance Research in Practice' Roundtable Discussion (facilitator) IDEA Congress, Ottawa, Canada, July 2004.
'When the Play becomes the Pre-text: The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail' workshop presented for the Pennsylvania Drama in Education Exchange, Pittsburgh, PA June, 2004

Creative Performances - Metropolitan Area:

With staff at the Detroit Institute of the Arts created a script, formed an ensemble and directed a play that that serves as an introduction for students before they engage in the Fakes, Forgeries, and Mysteries exhibit. 2010-2011
With Research Enhancement Grant, developed a program called 'Raising the Curtain.' WSU Applied Theatre students partnered with Detroit Public School teachers and use drama to prep students to attend WSU Theatre productions. Observation, discussion and writing are used to assess outcomes.
With Faculty Development Grant, I worked with colleagues at Ohio State University to integrate process drama in theatre history pedagogy. (See conference presentation this spring.)
Guest Lecturer, Birmingham Library, The Village Players Theatre Series: Presented five introductory lectures on season productions October 2004- May 2005.
Guest Presenter, Annual Community Nursing Conference, Ann Arbor, October 2004. Used interactive drama to explore problems faced by today's community nurses.
Arranged for Applied Theatre students to work with students at Spain Middle School to hone classroom techniques, April 2004.

Creative Performances - Campus:

Guest Teacher. School of Education, on request, I visit classes where a unit on drama as tool for learning can be useful. This helps generate interest in enrollment for summer classes. It also builds awareness of drama as a tool for teaching throughout the school.
Directing a brief play in Capstone class that became a freshman orientation piece for the next year's incoming students, 2005.
Taught a teacher in-service for Macbeth, January, 2004.

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