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Theatrical science programmes: testing tools

The educational role of theatre has been recognised since ancient times. Storytelling and drama provide the perfect framework and impetus for learning, as they offer an emotional connection to the topic on hand. This pre-conference workshop, hosted by the internationally acclaimed Puppetry Theatre Ljubljana and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums, offers you the tools to create theatrical science programmes which go beyond science shows. After an introduction to the theories, Miha Golob, theatre director and author, will share best practice examples and multiple storytelling techniques.You can learn how to create and present your own theatrical science learning experiences, with the opportunity to test your ideas in front of a real-life audience and benefit from the combined feedback of theatre professionals, scientists and fellow science communicators.

During this session you will acquire theoretical and practical insights on using drama to convey knowledge, learn various theatrical techniques and know-how, and draw inspiration from the creative environment of the puppetry theatre and museum.

A more detailed programme can be checked here.

Convenor

Executive Assistant
Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums
Graz
Austria

Session speakers

Director
Graz
Austria
Hands On! President and director of the Frida & freD children’s museum and the fairytale express in Graz, Austria. He is also project leader of the newly opened CoSA- Center of Science Activities. In this session he will provide an introduction to the topic of theatrical learning and provide best practice examples from all of the world.
Theater director
Artist & Director
Ljubljana
Slovenia
Miha Golob is a theatre and puppet director. In recent years he received a range of national and international awards both as a puppet director and author. His concepts are based on the idea of playing through and exploring diverse styles of the object theatre. He will lead the interactive theater workshop.
Artistic director
LGL Ljubljana Puppetry Theater/Museum of Puppetry
Ljubljana
Slovenia
Artistic director of Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana. Ljubljana Puppet Theatre is the country’s premier institution committed to carrying on the long and fruitful tradition of Slovenian puppetry. They host a great variety of nationally and internationally acclaimed theatre productions and cultural and educational events for children and young people. In 2015, they created the Ljubljana Puppetry Museum, which was awarded Special Jury Award at the annual Children in Museums Award Ceremony 2018 for their special take on presenting cultural heritage to children.
Scientific Researcher & Professor
SATENA
Slovenia
Saša Novak is coordinator of Science on the Street, Knowledge and Ideas on the go, vice-president of SATENA – Slovenian Academic Society for Science and Engineering. Znanost na cesti /Science on the Streetis a Slovenian science communication initiative under the umbrella of the Slovenian Academic Society for Science and Engineering (SATENA). It was , launched by the scientists from the Jožef Stefan Institute in Spring 2013. Since then, popular lectures on science take place in the evenings at public places – galleries, cafes, city squares and alike. They have also collaborated with Ljubljana Puppet Theatre in creating an immersive drama-based science communication format together with Miha Golob. In the workshop she will provide the scientific perspective in theater-based science communication and offer guidance to participants on the science content serving as the basis for their performances.
General Manager
LGL Ljubljana Puppetry Theater/Museum of Puppetry
Ljubljana
Slovenia
Is the general manager of Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana and will provide valuable insights into the inspiring world of puppetry theater.

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