IDEAS: Interactive Drama for Education and Awareness in the Schools
IDEAS drama residency programs are designed for youth and their teachers/staff. These residency programs are offered during school and/or after-school hours.
Through the guidance of a professional teaching artist in residence at the school/site, students and their teachers/staff work side by side throughout the program. Respectful interaction is emphasized in all activities. Teachers and staff are introduced to non-traditional teaching methods by using drama in the classroom. They get to see their students in a new light. In addition to workshops in the classroom, teachers/staff meet with the artist for planning and reflection, always allowing for revisions in lesson plans.
IDEAS programs give youth a creative way to access real-world issues and connect to the new Common Core Curricula while providing students with instruction and experience in improvisation, which all IDEAS programs are rooted in. A minimum residency meets students eight times.
CREATIVE DRAMA grades K-12, ages 5-21
How does theater happen if there's no script? Participants use their imaginations to create setting, characters, relationships, action and outcome through basic improvisation. Workshops can be based on books being read in class, school themed. Planned with teacher input, can also include movement/dance, mask work, poetry, visual arts, music.
SOCIODRAMA grades 3-12, ages 8-21
Building upon basic improvisation techniques, specific themes are chosen in advance by participating teachers from a supplied list, depending on grade level. These social themes are explored through improvisation, guided discussion and replay, mirroring real life and an imagined situation. Topics to choose from include: Peer Pressure, Respect, Anger/Violence, Gossip, Bullying, and more. Contact us for complete list. This is offered at a minimum of an 8-visit residency and is facilitated by a team of two teaching artists.
PLUS progams are simply an extension of either Creative Drama or Sociodrama that transition the learning to performance. This is a minimum of 12 weeks and includes a team of up to three teaching artists. Participants will receive an IDEAS t-shirt and the site also received their own bag of props/costumes at the end of the program, to keep drama going after we're gone.