Michelle Swanson works with students on
the set of the eco-mania play.
Redwood High School drama teacher Michelle Swanson developed eco-mania, a yearlong project in
which students worked with a professional playwright, Roger Nieboer and sound designer, Barney Jones to study a regional
community issue, and then created a play and audiograph for public performance. The play premiered
in April 1991 at Redwood High School in Larkspur, California. It then toured to the Mother Lode
Drama Festival in Sutter Creek, California. The eco-mania audiograph pioneered a new format that
uses the interview as musical text and story. In the spring of 1991, the audiograph premiered on
National Public Radio. The eco-mania project was a school wide effort that involved students in
grades 9 through 12 in a range of research, analysis, artistic, and production tasks. The work
integrated a variety of content areas, including science, social studies, language arts, theatre
arts, and audio technology.
listen to clips from the audiograph:
Introduction, "Both Sides", A Student's Reflection
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