Ecomania/Redwood High School
Images of Students or their Work (typical).
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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