Issues in Teaching Theatre Design

deadline for submissions: 
April 1, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
International Journal of Education & the Arts

Guest Editor, Carly Holzwarth (Bucknell University)

Drama Section Editor, Jeanmarie Higgins (Penn State University Park)

Editorial Assistant, Arushi Grover (Penn State University Park)


The International Journal of Education in the Arts (IJEA) seeks scholarship and case studies for a special issue, “Issues in Teaching Theatre Design.”

We seek two kinds of pieces: 4000-6000-word essays that introduce, trouble, or reframe an issue, trend, or paradigm in teaching visual history, theatre design, and/or theatre design history and theory; and 1000-1500 word case studies in teaching design. Design areas might include but are not limited to: costume design, costume production/technology, sound, scenic, lighting, projections, scenography, props. IJEA is a peer-reviewed online publication; illustrations and videos within essays are welcome.

Essays will be 4000-6000 words, will contain a well-formed thesis, and might:

  • Address Materiality in teaching design: object performance, affect, . . . 

  • Question received and/or established design pedagogies

  • Introduce or describe historical radical design pedagogies

  • Address skills-based and holistic learning in the design classroom or applied design learning

  • Discuss design as a way a student learning, knowing, and thinking

  • Frame design pedagogies as research

  • Address theatre design in general education contexts

  • Propose rehearsal and production as a classroom for emerging designers

  • Address issues in pedagogies that proceed from one or more of the following ideas: designer as laborer; gender and design

  • Explore a design & teaching area not detailed above

Case studies will be 1000-1500 words, and will:

  • Contribute examples of how one or more issues of theatre pedagogy plays out in the classroom, studio, rehearsal and production context;

  • Illustrate one of the issues above;

  • Introduce applications in the classroom for new, found, or reconsidered resources for teaching design such as textbooks, online resources, and embodied knowledge.

For both essays and case studies, send a 250-300 word abstract to by April 1, 2023. Include a short bio. Indicate how many illustrations you might include. Please reference the IJEA submission guidelines and checklist: Publication: Fall 2023.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to

Co/group-written and instructor/student-authored submissions are especially encouraged.