With the current, fast-paced, major philosophical challenges to modern life and its institutional constructs, artists and teachers involved in the dramatic arts are faced with demands to create a lucid postmodern play of ideas and forms. This text presents a wide range of contemporary theories borrowed from cultural studies augmented with practical implications that support dramatic artists in their struggle to create possible multiple realities for a postmodern future. Teachers, directors, writers, students, and others involved in the dramatic arts should benefit from the discussions included in the book which relate to cultural studies and dramatic arts. An introductory chapter by Shirley Steinberg, a leading educator and drama teacher, provides a context for the basic premise of the book.
Kathleen S. Berry is a Professor of Education in Cultural Studies, Drama and Literacy at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada. Her work is centered on educational worlds and the impact of cultural studies and criticism on theories and practices in pedagogy, drama, and multi-literacies.