A Brigham Young University associate professor of theater and film was recently named the 1995 recipient of the Lin Wright Special Recognition Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.
George D. Nelson was honored for his work in using theater to educate at-risk learners as well as for a library of teaching tools that he has created on the Internet."The work that George Nelson is doing is helping reduce the rate of young offenders returning to prison," said BYU theater and film professor Harold Oaks.
Nelson has established an educational consulting company called Climb International, which sets up role-playing exercises and improvisations so offenders can explore contributing factors to and consequences of certain actions.
On the Internet, Nelson has helped collect an extensive series of free lesson plans for elementary, junior high and high school teachers. The site is: http://www.byu.edu:80/tmcbucs/arts-ed/StanHome.html.