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Peter Duffy

Title: Head of the MAT Program / Director of Undergraduate Studies / Professor
Department of Theatre and Dance
Phone: 803-777-1277
Office: Longstreet 430
Peter Duffy

Theatre Education. Professor. MFA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2007.
Ed.D., University of South Carolina, 2014

Dr. Peter Duffy heads the Master of Arts in Teaching program in theatre education at the University of South Carolina where he prepares graduate students to become drama teachers. He offers courses in drama-based pedagogies and arts integration. He is a director and is a former public-school teacher, education director, and a New York City teaching artist. His research interests include teaching and learning, devising new works in community settings, cognition and the arts, culturally responsive pedagogies and performed research. He serves as the Director of Research for the International Drama/Theatre Education Association (IDEA) and is a member of AATE. Peter’s work in arts education is nationally and internationally recognized. He is 2013’s proud recipient of AATE’s Win Wright Special Recognition award, the 2017 outstanding Theatre Educator Award from the South Carolina Theatre Association, as well as the 2017 Garnet Apple Award winner for teaching excellence at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of many books and articles on applied theatre, cognition and the arts, teaching and learning, culturally responsive education, and creativity. His latest book is Drama Based Research: Provocations of Practice published by Brill in 2019. His ethnodrama ReformED, which is based on a hundred interviews with teachers about how education has changed over the past decade, is currently being read by colleges of education and theaters across the US to support National Teacher’s Day 2020.


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