Dr. Donovan is a professor, theater artist, and arts-based researcher with a broad arts background.
Professional Title: Associate Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Aesthetic education and arts based research; theater as a tool for social change and how theater education can develop a sense of voice and identity in adolescents.
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Arts education; integrated arts; research; drama
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Multiple Literacies Critical Pedagogy through the Arts Drama and Critical Literacy Educator Inquiry Thesis and Project Integrated Teaching through the Arts Integrated Arts Seminar Arts Based Research Multiple Literacies
Education: Ph.D., Lesley University; M.S., Boston University; B.A., State University of New York, Oneonta
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A theater artist and arts-based researcher, Dr. Donovan teaches arts integration, action research, and arts-based literacy courses. She has broad experience working as an arts educator and administrator in organizations that include Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the Berkshire Opera Company, University of Massachusetts' Department of Theater, and Boston University's Theater, Visual Arts and Tanglewood Institutes. She was formerly Executive Director of the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education. She is co-principal investigator of the Integrated Teaching through the Arts Assessment project funded by the Ford Foundation.
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Lisa Donovan was co-principal investigator of the Ford Foundation-funded Voices from the Field research study, which reported increased levels of student participation and achievement when the arts were used as a teaching tool.