Worcester State faculty members are among international scholars whose work is featured in the book New Directions in Teaching Theatre Arts.
Tom Conroy (Urban Studies), and Sam O’Connell and Adam Zahler  (both V&PA) are authors of a chapter in the book titled “Cities as Studios: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Community-Engaged Theatre Through the CitySpeak Project.”
“CitySpeak presents an interdisciplinary curriculum of Visual and Performing Arts and Urban Studies that implements a model of research-and-arts-based urban planning and community development,” the authors state in their introduction. “By collaborating with community-based organizations that serve a city’s diverse populations CitySpeak creates mini public squares in which the voices of the city can be amplified, heard and empowered.”
The book, published by Palgrave MacMillian , an international academic and trade publishing company, tracks recent developments in undergraduate teaching of theatre arts, offering a practice-based approach that reflects research and case studies. It includes contributions from authors based in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom.