Teaching Drama

Written by Samuel Wong
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One of the most effective ways to counteract the growing text-based methods of communication prevalent these days is by teaching drama. Many times, emotions found in drama cannot be easily conveyed or communicated in typewritten form.

Teaching drama can show students how to turn an everyday story into a memorable performance that can rivet an audience. When you give a student a chance to play a dramatic role they are forced to think outside of them selves and they will start to analyze the actions and habits of others, as well as their own.

Teaching Drama Inspires Creativity

Teaching drama is instilling in students the skills of one of the few art forms that can stand the test of time. Dramatic acts and plays that were popular in medieval times still affect modern day audiences in the same way they did thousands of years ago. Even today, television soap operas that have been beamed into countless homes have held audiences captive for decades, all because of the drama involved in their twisted, tangled storylines.

Nowadays, regardless of special effects or star actors or actresses, the thing that holds an audience's attention is the drama of the story. Most people go to movies because their favorite actor or actress is in the starring role and they want to see how they will adapt to the personality of the new character. Teaching drama will equip students with the skills to develop a story, or the skills to bring someone else's story to life.


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