Mary McAvoy

Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002

Biography

Mary McAvoy is an assistant professor in the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre. She received her BA in Theatre (with K-12 teacher certification) from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and her MA and PhD in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At Arizona State University, she teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate theatre programs, directs the theatre education teacher certification programs and serves as the faculty coordinator for community engagement programming connected with the Film, Dance, and Theatre season.

Her research and creative practice focus histories of theatre and drama in educational contexts; educational theatre/drama and theatre teacher preparation; teaching artistry; radical and experimental performance with, by, and for young people; and performance pedagogy and activism. She is the co-author of Drama and Education: Performance Methodologies for Teaching and Learning (Routledge) and co-editor of Youth and Performance: Perceptions of the Contemporary Child (OLMS). Her articles have appeared in Youth Theatre Journal, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, and various edited collections. Her current book project examines dramatics pedagogy in US workers' colleges during the interwar period.

Research Interests

  • histories of theatre and drama in educational contexts
  • educational theatre/drama
  • teaching artistry
  • radical and experimental performance with, by, and for young people 
  • performance pedagogy and activism

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
THE 325 Play Reading/Education Theatre
THE 480 Methods of Teaching Theatre
THP 484 Internship
THF 497 Senior Project
THE 510 Studies in Literature
THE 581 Methods of Teaching Theatre
THE 590 Reading and Conference
THP 592 Research
THP 598 Special Topics
THP 611 Sites of Inquiry-Performance
THP 684 Internship
THP 693 Applied Project
THP 783 Fieldwork
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
THE 321 History of the Theatre II
THE 325 Play Reading/Education Theatre
THP 411 Methods of Teaching Drama
THP 484 Internship
THF 497 Senior Project
THE 510 Studies in Literature
THP 511 Methods of Teaching Drama
THE 590 Reading and Conference
THP 598 Special Topics
THE 600 Research Methods
THP 684 Internship
THP 693 Applied Project
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
THP 311 Creative Drama with Youth
THE 325 Play Reading/Education Theatre
THE 480 Methods of Teaching Theatre
THP 484 Internship
THF 497 Senior Project
THE 510 Studies in Literature
THE 581 Methods of Teaching Theatre
THE 590 Reading and Conference
THP 592 Research
THP 598 Special Topics
THP 684 Internship
THP 693 Applied Project
THP 783 Fieldwork
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
THE 321 History of the Theatre II
THE 325 Play Reading/Education Theatre
THP 411 Methods of Teaching Drama
THP 484 Internship
THF 497 Senior Project
THE 510 Studies in Literature
THP 511 Methods of Teaching Drama
THE 590 Reading and Conference
THP 598 Special Topics
THP 684 Internship
THP 693 Applied Project
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
THE 325 Play Reading/Education Theatre
THE 480 Methods of Teaching Theatre
THF 497 Senior Project
THE 510 Studies in Literature
THE 581 Methods of Teaching Theatre
THE 590 Reading and Conference
THP 598 Special Topics
THP 783 Fieldwork
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
THE 325 Play Reading/Education Theatre
THP 411 Methods of Teaching Drama
THE 510 Studies in Literature
THP 511 Methods of Teaching Drama
THE 590 Reading and Conference
THP 598 Special Topics
THP 611 Research in Drama Education
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
THP 311 Creative Drama with Youth
THE 325 Play Reading/Education Theatre
THE 480 Methods of Teaching Theatre
THE 510 Studies in Literature
THE 581 Methods of Teaching Theatre
THE 590 Reading and Conference
THE 598 Special Topics
THP 598 Special Topics
THP 783 Fieldwork
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
THE 325 Play Reading/Education Theatre
THP 411 Methods of Teaching Drama
THE 500 Research Methods
THE 510 Studies in Literature
THP 511 Methods of Teaching Drama
THE 590 Reading and Conference
THP 598 Special Topics

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