Strengthening emotional intelligence and closing the learning gap using drama
Imagination and Role-Play
When I watch children play, I am fascinated by how immersed they are in their imaginary worlds. As little children, role-playing is one of the first methods we use to learn. This ability to immerse ourselves in our imaginations, and act from that place, is the basis of drama for educational development.
As adults, we may not be as practiced as our younger selves in using our imaginations freely, but the capacity to do so is still there. Socially engaged art
Drawing from Cecily O'Neil's Process Drama, Augusto Boal's Theater of the Oppressed, Paulo Friere, and Tadashi Suzuki, I work with students from four-years-of-age to senior citizens to explore relationships, politics, philosophy and new perspectives.
Using drama-based tools also supports the Multiple Intelligence's. I use one or a combination of techniques, including Process Drama; devising original theater; exploring play-texts; and physical performer training. I also run teacher training workshops in these techniques.