Dallas Children’s Theater- out of Baker Idea Institute a World Premiere exploring learning differences

       Out of the Baker Idea Institute and renowned theater director Paul Baker’s multi-sensory strategies comes a powerful world premiere, hard 2 spel dad, penned by DCT’s award-winning resident playwright, Linda Daugherty, along with dyslexia expert, Mary Rohde Scudday.  This in-depth exploration of learning differences will continue DCT’s dedication to illuminating the challenges facing adolescents, offering enlightening post show discussions for students, educators and parents.

       You’ll find great prices, great plays, and great fun at YOUR children’s theater!

       For information call Dallas Children’s Theater at 214/740-0051 or email www.dct.org.

Dallas Children’s Theater establishes Baker Idea Institute


       The Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) recently announced the establishment of the Baker Idea Institute (BII), which will bring together individuals from the education, business and arts sectors to discuss and explore the value of “creative ideas” and their application to real-life and business scenarios.   Named after renowned theater director and Baylor and Trinity University professor Dr. Paul Baker, BII will draw upon Baker’s acclaimed multi-sensory teaching techniques to empower community members with problem solving skills and creativity-exploration exercises during a series of thematic symposia, led by international keynote speakers.

      Currently residing near Gonzales, Texas, 97-year-old Dr. Baker is the founder of the Dallas Theater Center (DTC) and founding principal of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.   His unique approach to learning has been in use at DCT and Booker T. Washington since the late 1970’s.   His daughter and protégé, Robyn Baker Flatt, later applied her father’s unique learning approach and began teaching it as part of the core curriculum in the Dallas public elementary school system 17 years ago.   Because Dr. Baker’s technique employs visual, auditory and kinetic interaction, rather than just passive listening, it has been used successfully to train business leaders, playwrights, architects, novelists and every discipline in between.   Dr. Baker’s methodologies work with the five senses, making it easy to translate the curriculum to groups with various skill levels and language abilities allowing them to come together to address global issues.

       According to Ms. Flatt, who currently serves as executive artistic director of DCT, “it’s an honor to create an institute recognizing my father’s legacy.   He always says, ‘there is genius in all of us and that genius must be discovered and exercised and given a chance to express itself.’   The Baker Idea Institute will do just that, while bringing together individuals from all areas of our community to focus their energies around central topics and issues.”
      As more and more businesses nationwide struggle with team-management issues, there is a greater push toward non-hierarchical, collaborative techniques.   Through avenues like BII, leaders in higher education, corporations and city government will have the opportunity to partner with artists to augment linear thinking with imaginative learning.   The hope is to get leaders to break free from “silo” thought process and to tap into imaginative solutions in both their individual and team decisions.
      All BII initiatives will be held at DCT’s Rosewood Center for Family Arts, with one special session in the newly opened Booker T. Washington Theater in the Dallas Arts District.   For current information visit www.bakeridea.org.

Source: Dallas Children’s Theater



 Paul Baker c.1994 


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