An Introduction to Drama
Using theatre games, speech exercises, movement, improvisation and text, this course is an introduction to drama for visiting international students.
- implementing drama activities into the early childhood classroom;
- enhancing Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies;
- and more!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret that the 2020 Spring offering is cancelled.
July 12-29, 2021, 1:00pm to 4:00pm*
Plus a visit to a theatrical performance
* Actual dates of offering might change based on the travel dates of the visiting students from China
This course is open ONLY to international visiting students.
Pre-requisites: Consent of the Department
Total Hours: 21 Instruction Hours
Course Fee: $200 + GST
● Introduction to course
● Ice-breaker games and activities
● Shakespeare intro and games using quotes from Shakespeare plays and Shakespearean insults
● Prep for visit to Freewill Shakespeare Festival
● Picnic at Hawrelak Park
● 2pm performance of Freewill Shakespeare Festival play
● Theatre games for your classroom
~ including warm-ups, focus activities and movement exercises
● Speech, Staging and Storytelling
~ including movement exercises, improvisation and scripted materials such as fairy tales and song verses
● Studying a TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) play:
LIG & BITTLE by Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull and Elyne Quan
~ Reading the play and discussing structure and
appropriateness for young students
~ In groups, work on staging select scenes from play using
activities/techniques learned in previous classes
● Presentation of TYA scenes for class
~ observance and feedback from audience and players
● TYA theatre practitioner visit: TBA
● Drama in the Classroom
~ review of games and exercises from the week
~ how to implement these drama activities into your classroom
– You will develop the capacity to create, participate in and appreciate drama.
– You will develop personal resources including imagination, concentration, physical control, cooperation, self-confidence and oral communication.
– You will develop the capacity to collaborate effectively.
– You will develop presentation skills and gain confidence in working in groups and speaking in public.
– You will discover the importance of play and explore the implementation of drama activities into the early childhood classroom
– You will develop drama skills for enhancing core subjects i.e. Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies