Playful Pedagogy

Playful Pedagogy

We invite faculty to explore purposeful play through in-person and online interactive workshops that apply creative writing, oral storytelling, movement, and other arts-based activities to any and all pedagogical challenges and opportunities. Creative practices can communicate concepts, deepen intellectual inquiry, aid connection and collaboration, assess understanding, frame feedback, encourage risk-taking and help navigate sensitive topics. No arts background or talent is needed to participate, just curiosity and an open mind. Please Register under our Events or contact Nan directly at to register or with questions. 


DESIGN- Curriculum, Workshop or Presentation - generates and organizes interactive tools adapted from storytelling, creative writing, improv, and graphics that support diverse content, keeping your participants energized and engaged.

FACILITATE - Workshops - applying arts-based activities to the needs and goals of small or large groups. See Sample Workshops. 

CONSULT- Individual - for anyone interested in applying creative practices to their work, as well as improving presence and oral presentation skills.

Nan Mullenneaux

Dr. Nan Mullenneaux taught Writing, History and Performance as a fellow and Professor of International Writing in Duke University’s Thompson Writing Program and Duke Kunshan University in China. Her publications include Staging Family, Domestic Deceptions of Mid-Nineteenth-Century Actresses and most recently, "Reimagining Writing in the History Classroom." Before earning her PhD in Gender and Cultural History in 2008, Nan worked as a professional actress, director, acting coach and artistic director. She now blends both careers as an Applied Arts Consultant and Facilitator with faculty, students, doctors and patients around the globe.