The Principle Elements of Examining Secondary School Drama In the 1960s and much of the following decade, where there was British school drama going on it was unstructured and delivered by a handful of inspired devotees who had seen the enormous potential of getting teenagers to roleplay, simulate and make-believe. Nobody thought it was possible to evaluate significantly drama work for examination purposes. When the National Curriculum arrived in the late 1980s drama was not included in the 10 core subjects, but curriculum drama began to come under pressure to come up with some examinable criteria. The Arts Council report Drama in Schools (2003) began to define the drama process as making (exploring, devising, shaping and interpreting); performing (presenting and producing) and responding (evaluating and applying knowledge and understanding). At post-16 performance exams, it's carried forward into the devising-rehearsing-performing template, but it's all linked to the evolutionary process of making drama which is now enshrined in examinations.
Lesson Plan Example for Teaching Drama in the Classroom Please read this first: These research pages represent work that was done in 2002 as a defense of theater in an educational environment. The research became the original primary draw for this website. All of the pages are presented in their original form, and are best read in order starting with this page. "Our aims are helping children to understand, so that...they are helped to face facts and to interpret them without prejudice; so that they develop a range and degree of identification with other people; so that they develop a set of principles, a set of consistent principles, by which they are going to live." - Gavin Bolton So now that we've covered the basics, lets take a look at how we can actually apply the ideas covered on this website to a class lesson. Below is a lesson plan I created for a group of students at a second-chance school.
Drama Exercises and Games for Kids and Adults Whether you’re a drama teacher, director, or running a course, acting games are a fantastic tool. They help students get comfortable, warmed up and focused. Acting games also develop important skills required for acting and performing. Below is a number of my favourite drama games. For each game or exercise I have given a difficulty rating and a recommended age range. Teaching Drama: Characterization Through Costume Putting on costume pieces engages the imagination and aids the actor to move in character. This group drama game uses simple costume pieces and pantomime to teach young actors the importance of movement and physicality. As a drama teacher, collect and store various items useful as costume pieces. Drama Teacher Academy Why Join the Drama Teacher Academy? We do things differently at the Drama Teacher Academy. It's not enough to give drama teachers knowledge in a subject.
Improv Game List - Fool Disclosure Improv We try to film every performance and put clips up on YouTube, in hopes that our meager efforts may inspire others to learn and perform improv. As part of that effort, we present our improv game list. This is cobbled together (OK, stolen) from many various sources, and even includes a few games we invented on our very own. Teachers - The Arts Drama/Dramatics Source: Great Performances Research the history of Broadway musicals. Describe varied elements of technical theater such as costume, lighting and scene design. Acting Exercises: For High School Students and Beginners Here are a few acting exercises you can use to sharpen up your craft. Some of them are simple theatre games, while others are more complex. All of them are designed to help your acting abilities. Please note: Some of these acting exercises require the use of a character.
How to Put On a Musical: Recommended Musicals How to Put On a Musical by John Kenrick (Copyright 2003) Some Improvisations and Drama Warmups Freeze and Justify / The Martha Game / What Are You Doing? / Everyone Who. . . / Pinocchio / Murder Mystery / Hitchhiker / Look Up (Dude!) / The Shakes / Mr. Hit / Whole Zoo Duck Duck Goose Improvs and Warmups This is a small collection of improvisation games and warmup games that can be used to sharpen up your cast if you're a director, or to add energy and originality to your students' acting if you are an acting teacher.
The Paradox of Devised Theater on the Twenty-First Century Stage For about a year now, my theater company, The Krane, has been working on a piece of devised theater called The Underground. During this period, we have, appropriately, been living in a kind of metaphoric underground bunker of ideas wherein what we are doing, in essence, is building a ladder to the surface of the contemporary stage. This ladder to the surface is complex. Our intent is that, once we come out from our den of creativity, we are able to reach a broad audience, while, at the same time, remaining true to the “underground” nature of the form. To start—a definition. By now, most people in the theater world know what devised theater is.