Training Using Drama

The use of training techniques originally developed for theatre and improvisation within the workplace has increased enormously in recent years and the proven effectiveness of the approach is finding many enthusiastic followers. Sometimes, actual actors are brought into an organization to act as catalysts within a training/role-play setting, but, increasingly, trainers themselves are using the techniques. Written by an expert in the field, calling on her wide business, training and acting experience, this highly practical guide shows clearly how anyone can make use of these techniques easily and effectively. With information on the background theories and principles of using drama in training, the book also includes 50 detailed activities and shows how to use a range of diverse techniques to improve creativity, leadership, teamwork, and personal development. Subjects covered include:
  • storytelling
  • roleplays
  • coaching
  • non-verbal communication
  • spontaneity
  • trust and awareness
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Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy

This book is an essential for the apiring comic or the working comedian interested in pdating his or her comedy routine, Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy is the most comprehensive and useful book ever written on the art of the stand-up comedy. The author Greg Dean, examines the fndamentals of being funny and offers advice on a range of topics including:
  • Writing creative jokes materials
  • rehearsing and performing routines
  • Coping with stage fright
  • Dealing with emcees who think they're funnier than you are
  • Getting experience
  • And lots more
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Scary Readers Theatre

Scary stories from around the world. From the deliciously ghostly and eerie to the startling and down-right scary, thes readers theatre scripts are guaranteed to capture your students' attention and enhance their reading skills. Drawn from 30 folktales, Greek myths, ghost stories, and modern urban legends, they will make you and your students listen, wonder, shiver, chuckle, and even jump! Invaluable for the language arts program and for use with beginning and remedial readers, this collection includes many familiar stories that students will recognize and enjoy. Scripts have been evaluated using the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Scale and are organized according to reading level. The book also includes helpful guidelines and tips for bringing readers theatre into the classroom.
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Speaking, Listening, and Drama

Written specifically for trainee and practicing teachers in secondary English and Drama, this book presents a critical analysis of the requirement to teach speaking and listening and theories concerning the nature and the value of oral communication, as outlined in the National Curriculum and Key Stage 3 Literacy Strategy. It provides practical guidance on:
  • improving speaking and listening skills through practical drama
  • assessing pupils' abilities and understanding
  • recognizing the features of live oral communication
  • how to illustrate modes of speech by referring to dramatic literature
By building a bridge between the English classroom and the drama studio, the authors succeed in making this crucial element of the curriculum coherent and exciting.
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Building A Creative School, A Dynamic Approach To School Development

Creativity is a buzz-word in education right now, but it is still seen mainly as the domain of the creative arts. This book shows how creativity can be an approach to and ethos for every aspect of school life and management and all subject areas. Developing a school which enables the students to realise their creative potential is an immense challenge. There is no single formula for transforming a school into an environment which nurtures and develops the creativity of them all, but this book explores some of the practical steps schools can take. Rooted in theory as well as practice, it examines organisation, leadership, approaches to teaching and learning, curriculum design, assessment for learning, professional development and the importance and effectiveness of genuine partnerships. The case studies of  successful practice are inspiring. The authors also share some of the pitfalls, challenges, and barriers to creativity they  have encountered and offer practical guidance.  
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Everything About Theatre The Guidebook of Theatre Fundamentals

A comprehensive survey of the arts and crafts of the stage. Eighteen chapters arranged to hold student interests:
  1. Learning Your Way Around
  2. Introduction to Acting
  3. Ancient Theatre
  4. Improvisation
  5. Basic Stagecraft
  6. Your Vocal Instrument
  7. Reading the Wrighting
  8. Meeting the Monolog
  9. Medieval and Renaissance Theatre
  10. Stage Lighting
  11. Doing the Duo
  12. Elizabethean and French Neoclassic Theatre
  13. Theatrical Makeup
  14. Directing for the Stage
  15. Scene Design and Painting
  16. Romanticism and Realism
  17. Props, Costumes, and Sound
  18. Getting to Work
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Making Drama

Making Drama is designed to provide both teachers and students at junior secondary level with a complete drama course based on both the new National Arts Curriculum and the State Drama courses. The structure of Making Drama is innovative. The units are focused on the skills, information, knowledge, and understanding that are the core of the new courses. The emphasis is on 'making drama' - that is, on discovering how to make drama more effectively, as well as learning how to appreciate our own and other people's drama, and seeing drama in a wider social and cultural context. This book contains a full two-year course for Drama in the junior secondary school. It is divided into eight units of one term, or approximately ten weeks each, Each unit offers the resources, information, examples, and processes which together provide students with the skills and understanding they need, As well, there are specific activities throughout the units which are designed as Profile Builders, enabling students to develop and extend their learning, and giving teachers valuable feedback on student progress and attainment. Each unit concludes with extended complex drama experiences set out in Profile Work- shops which follow the structure used by the National Drama Curriculum and Profiles: -Creating, marking, and presenting -Criticism and aesthetics -Past and present contexts
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Planning Process Drama

Process drama is essentially improvisational and not based on a set script or story board. As such, it plays an important part in creative drama-in-education - yet there are few books dedicated to making  the approach accessible to specialist and non-specialist drama teachers alike. Distilled from their with pre- and in-service teachers in Britain and the Caribbean, the authors identify the principles of planning process drama and illustrate them with a wide range of examples from across the age ranges. This blending of universal principles with international practice will enable readers to plan and implement process drams work within their own curriculum brief. The book appeals to primary and secondary drama teachers (specialist or otherwise), to student teachers, initial, and in-service teacher educators, and advisory drama teachers.
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Teaching Drama in Primary and Secondary School An Integrated Approach

This book will be of major interest to student teachers, teachers, lecturers, and researches. t makes it a case of an integrated approach to the teaching of drama in primary and secondary schools which will help practitioners develop a theoretical rationale for their work. It provides practical examples of lesson plans and schemes of work designed to give pupils a broad and balanced experience of drama. These are presented within a framework that argues for an integration of content and form, means and ends, internal and external experiences. Whereas the authors previous work argued for an inclusive approach that reconciled polarised views about performance drama and improvisation, this book shows how those activities can be related to each other in practise in an integrated curriculum.
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The Screenwriter’s Workbook

Syd Field's timeless manual on visual storytelling is your own, hands-on master-class with the man The Hollywood Reporter called "the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world." Field was the very first person to dissect thousands of films and scripts to find the essential narrative structure and shared functional elements underlying screewriting success. No. of copies in library catalogue: 1
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