Opening Speaker: Dr. Megan Alrutz 

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ICE's Opening Event will prepare you to approach learning in new ways. Participate in storytelling, improvisation, and other creative strategies to connect with fellow attendees, deepen and diversify your thinking around innovation, and start the conference with a fresh perspective.

About Dr. Alrutz

Dr. Megan Alrutz is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where she heads the MFA program in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities. She works nationally and internationally as a theatre-maker, as well as an applied theatre facilitator and consultant. Dr. Alrutz’s research and practice focuses on the role of performance, storytelling (live and digital), and drama-based pedagogy in building intentional communities of practice. She leads interactive workshops and trainings in K-12 schools and higher education, as well as with organizations focused on community engagement, professional development, and curriculum innovation. Dr. Alrutz is the author of two books: Digital Storytelling, Applied Theatre & Youth: Performing Possibility and Playing with Theory in Theatre Practice (with Julia Listengarten and Vandy Wood). Her research has also been featured in journals such as Research in Drama Education, Youth Theatre Journal, Teaching Artist Journal, Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.