Dr. Ann Siegle Drege

Dr. Ann Siegle Drege
Dr. Ann Siegle Drege
Associate Professor (English Education Coordinator)
Fenton Hall 258

Ph.D., University of North Dakota

MA--Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English
PhD--University of North Dakota

Teaching Interests

Texts: modern and contemporary drama/playwrights
Contexts: drama as pedagogy, brain-based learning, teaching Shakespeare, realism in modern drama/contemporary drama, drama/film adaptation
Theories: process drama, constructivism

Research Interests

My teaching and research interests straddle both literature and pedagogy. My research particularly focuses on the use of drama as a pedagogical approach. Drama and other active strategies help students engage with texts, ideas, and meaning-making, certainly with dramatic literature but also with fiction, poetry, and writing. I'm also interested in visual learning, classroom cohesion, and ways that advances in neuroscience are informing brain-compatible classrooms. On the literature front, my approach to dramatic texts links page and stage. Consideration of set, lighting, staging, costumes, and interpretation all come into "play" while exploring drama. I stress the importance of seeing plays in production, when at all possible, as part of exploring the text.