Dr. Petronilla Whitfield’s professional output

He Advance Teaching & Learning conference ‘ Innovative strategies for teaching acting students with dyslexia: Embodied cognition and visual interpretive mnemonics’

Conference – Published 2nd Jul 19

How might actor-trainers meet the needs of students
with dyslexia, especially when interacting with Shakespeare’s text? How might our methods break
away from practices that support the dominant group whilst undermining those whose processes and
strengths lie outside of conventional models?

Students with dyslexia in actor-training is a common occurrence. Currently, there is little
research or discourse regarding the facilitation of dyslexic acting students through adaptation of
teaching approaches. This session aims to share some devised strategies of teaching, drawing
directly from the dyslexic individuals themselves, with the objective of stimulating a critical,
reflective pedagogy, towards emancipation of the abilities of individuals with

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