Thinking on Your Feet:
Drama in the Classroom and Beyond
Gather your colleagues and join us for our 7th annual Summer Drama Institute! Register using the online form below. Or click here to download a printable flyer and registration form. CPDU's available! All sessions held at Columbia College Chicago.
Early Bird rate (before July 1): $150/session
Regular rate (after July 1): $200/session
$25 discount available for members of Illinois Theatre Association (ITA) and American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE). Email email@example.com for more information.
All participants MUST register before July 29, 2013 to ensure available space and participation.
Tuesday, August 6 – 9am to 3pm
Managing Drama in the Classroom
Challenge student thinking, improve collaboration, and tap into students’ curiosity about content. Wonder how to get started? This session presents techniques for introducing and using drama effectively.
- Learn basic tools and skills of drama
- Experience how drama teaches teamwork
- Acquire activities for teaching imagination, concentration, movement, and enacted story
- Learn to begin designing drama lessons
- Manage the drama with embedded (almost invisible) strategies
Appropriate for teachers and teaching artists of grades K-8. Recommended books: Getting Started with Drama, 181 Favorite Level I Ideas for Drama, From Page to Stage: 50 Original Stories for Classroom Drama.
Wednesday, August 7 - 9am to 3pm
Improvisation in the Classroom
Improvisation is a versatile tool used by drama educators to enhance learning and avoid scripted work. This process can also lead to the creation of comedy performances for a formal or informal audience. Actors might even take suggestions from the audience to build scenes on the spot! This can prepare students to devise original plays.
• Learn to guide positive ensemble interaction
• Encourage creative thinking in your classroom
• Cultivate listening, awareness, and comic timing
• Understand the rules of improv, like “saying yes!”
Appropriate for teachers and teaching artists of grades K - 12.
Tuesday, August 6 – 9am to 3pm
Focusing on Arts Integration: Drama & The Common Core
Schools nationwide have begun adopting the new Common Core State Standards for learning. Come learn how drama can be a powerful partner with curricular content areas when integrated.
- Discover how drama connects across curriculum.
- Identify opportunities for using drama to enhance reading and writing skills
- Dive deeper into the how & why of arts integration
- Learn to begin designing drama-integrated lessons that meet pre- and post- district assessment demands
Appropriate for teachers and teaching artists of grades K-8. Completion of Getting Started with Drama Integration is recommended.
Thursday, August 8 - 9am to 3pm
Devising Original Plays with Students
Devising is a type of performance improvisation used to create longer works of original theater or drama. This work can be rehearsed for classroom sharing or can grow into works for performance in front of an audience.
• Learn to guide step-by-step creation of original stories
• Combine movement, storytelling, acting, and writing
• Create and build upon student-centered prompts and questions to craft an original work of performance.
Appropriate for teachers and teaching artists of grades K-12. Completion of Getting Started with Drama Integration is recommended.