How can we use drama to engage with and explore events and issues relevant in our individual lives and in the life of our community?
How can we use drama to communicate?
How can we use theatrical performance to engage our community with an event and/or issue?
How does trust increase creativity?
How do we build a supportive, creative ensemble?
Using dramatic exercises, students collaborate creatively to create an original "devised" performance piece that addresses themes, issues and events relevant to their lives. This piece is performed for the middle school community (and sometimes in public performances)
- Buiding Trust and Creating Ensemble
- Theatrical Conventions
- Collecting Source Materials
- Group Exploration and Improvisation
- Script Writing
- Public Performance
Collaborating and negotiating with a group to create an original "devised" theatrical piece
Discuss and analyze themes and events and how they affect one personally as well as globally.
Writing personal narrative
Interpreting text for performance (including personal narratives, short stories, poetry, news sources and music lyrics)
Interpreting a theme through individual and group movement
Integrating theatrical conventions to interpret a theme, issue and/or event
Theatre of the Oppressed - Augusto Boal
Games for Actors and Non-Actors - Augusto Boal
The Viewpoints Book: A Practial Guide to VIewpoints and Composition - Anne Bogart and Tina Landau
Theatre for Community Conflict and Dialogue: The Hope is Vital Training Manual - Michael Rohd
Theatre Games for the Classroom - Viola Spolin
Topics for devised performances have included:
immigration (Mexican/U.S. border issues)
Diversity at Catlin Gabel
Changing perception of the United States in the Global community
Personal and community identity
Economics of Coffee Production