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Gustave Weltsek
BA, M.A.T, Ph.D, is a drama and theatre educator with by and for youth educator, artist and scholar. Currently his research includes a longitudinal drama in fusion project with Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington Indiana and drama as multi-modal literacy within second language acquisition with the University of Puerto Rico. Along with being the current editor for the Youth Theatre Journal, Gustave’s publications include; Weltsek, G., Ociepka , A. (2011). "Reading the Maps of Meaning Within Drama: Visible Discourse(s), Multimodal Semiotics, and Analogous Reflection in Applied Theatre Inquiry”, Youth Theatre Journal, 25(2), 120-133. Weltsek, G., et al. (2011). "When Achievement Data Meet Drama and Arts Integration”. Language Arts, 88(5), 365-372. Critical Performative Spaces: Identity, stance and discourse in process drama as critical literary interpretation. In M. V. Blackburn and C. Clark (Eds.). New Directions in literacy research for teaching, learning and political action (pp. 255-275) New York, N.Y.: Peter Lang Publishers (2007). His presentations at professional conferences include: Weltsek, G. et al. (2011). Global Media, Multinational Markets and Critical Literacy Pedagogies: Expanding Engagement in New Political Terrains. Literacy Research Association (LRA) Jacksonville, FL. Weltsek, G. (2011). Weltsek and Hamoor (2012) "Queering the Curriculum: Interrogating the K-12 Curriculum with Theatre & Drama as an Exploration of Identity Construction and Performance" AATE, Lexington KY. Speaking the Silenced Story: Emergent Identity Formation Through Storytelling. American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) Chicago, IL. Weltsek, G. et. al. (2012). "Spiritual Reflection through Drama and War-Themed Plays: Strategies For Discussion & Engagement" AATE Lexington, KY. Gustave has taught such courses as Advanced Drama/Theatre and Education (Graduate), Adolescent Literature (Grad/undergrad), Writing Methods (Grad/undergrad), Language and Literature Across the Curriculum, Foundations of Education, Drama as Critical Literacy K-12 On-Line (Graduate), Drama/Theatre in Education for Elementary Educators, Drama/Theatre in Education for Secondary Educators.

Weltsek holds a duel appointment as an assistant Professor at Indiana University facilitating the drama education licensing program as well as running the theatre program for Ivy Technical College in Bloomington Indiana.


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