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Presented by Canberra Theatre Centre in partnership with Sydney Theatre Company & University of Sydney

School Drama is a professional learning program with a difference – we bring the learning to you, pairing each teacher with a Teaching Artist to embark on a unique co-mentoring partnership.

School Drama has a dual focus. The primary focus is on the individual teacher’s professional learning. With this in mind, a Teaching Artist will model how to use process drama-based strategies with quality children’s literature to improve teaching and learning.

The secondary focus is on improving student literacy and engagement.

School Drama was developed by Sydney Theatre Company over a four-year pilot program, in partnership with The University of Sydney and leading academic Professor Robyn Ewing AM. Since 2009, 27,000 students and teachers have participated in the program.

What does School Drama Classic involve?

The program begins with a pre-program professional development workshop attended by all participating classroom teachers and school principals.

This is followed by two planning sessions with a Teaching Artist, focused on tailoring a team-teaching program to meet the specific learning goals of each class.

Canberra Theatre Centre partners each participating teacher with a CTC Teaching Artist for the school term.

Together they explore how drama strategies can be integrated into any area of English and literacy, such as inferential comprehension, confidence in oracy, descriptive language or imaginative writing.

Over seven weeks the Teaching Artist team teaches the program with the teacher in their classroom, modelling the drama strategies and empowering the teacher to confidently integrate these ideas and strategies into their regular teaching practice

School Drama includes:

– A one-on-one professional learning experience in your classroom

– Expert instruction from experienced Teaching Artists

– Three hours of pre-program professional development workshops with STC and The University of Sydney

– Two customised planning sessions before in-class workshops commence

– Seven weekly in-class workshops

– A wide range of drama strategies to employ across the curriculum

– Pre and post program assessments to quantify program impact on student literacy and learning

How will School Drama benefit my students?

A wealth of research studies has shown:

– Increased student academic achievement in literacy and English

– Improved student confidence

– Increased student engagement and motivation

– Significant improvements in class collaboration

– Positive shifts in empathy



For information package contact CTC Discovery & Learning Team –