Sketches

The CRLT Players repertoire explores a range of topics important to individuals working in higher education. Each of our sketches is based on a solid foundation of research. All of our work is designed to engage audiences in a thoughtful consideration of the issues that underlie the topic being explored and to encourage participants to reflect on the strategies that might productively address it. Ranging in length from 5 to 45 minutes, our performances are always paired with a guided conversation led by a trained facilitator.

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Title Synopsis (click on title of sketch for more information)
7 into 15 A high-energy, interactive performance that can be adapted to address a range of topics.
A Thousand Cuts: Responding to Student Climate Concerns Though many universities aspire to cultivate a climate that is welcoming to the members of their diverse student, faculty, and staff bodies, we know that the lived experiences of many in our communities don't always align with these aspirations.
Blurred Lines: Personal and Professional Boundaries Explores the challenges graduate students may face in productively managing the diverse roles they inhabit in academic settings.
Breaking Bad News A one-act play that adapts research on the experiences of patients and medical staff into a dynamic performance, exploring tensions and challenges that commonly occur in interactions between health professionals and patients.
Chair's Role in Faculty Mentoring Fashioned as three thematically related vignettes, this performance explores the chair's role in faculty mentoring.
Climate in the Classroom Examines student and instructor behaviors that can negatively affect classroom climate.
Conflict in the Classroom Focuses on a conversation between students that moves quickly from civil dialogue to charged argument.
Critical Differences How does identity affect the way that students engage with a course's content and an instructor's methods?
Critical Thinking in the Clinic Uses a student's problematic presentation of a patient as an entry point for considering the ways that faculty might more effectively foster students' problem-solving skills in clinical settings.
Distress Signals: Supporting Students Facing Mental Health Challenges Built around two scenarios that present situations and dynamics U-M teachers commonly encounter with their students, the session will guide participants to proactively shape their pedagogical practices with an awareness of student mental health concerns.
Faculty Advising Faculty Explores the ways in which senior faculty members mentor their junior colleagues and considers the differing relationships and professional outcomes that can result from these processes.
Faculty Meeting: Navigating Departmental Politics A richly layered sketch that can be productively used to focus on two issues important to any university: faculty hiring and departmental climate.
Great Expectations: Mentoring Graduate Students Explores common tensions that can arise between advisors and their advisees.
Hidden Disabilities in the Classroom These three short scenes follow a student as he attempts to productively manage his disability in one of his classes.
No Offense Centers on the relationship between advisor and advisee in a lab setting.
The Fence Invites the audience to observe members of a department's executive committee as they meet to discuss whether one of their junior colleagues should be awarded tenure.
Trigger Vignettes Brief (2-5 minutes), customized scenes developed with client input and designed to spark dialogue on difficult issues.