The Academic Programme
Imagination is more important than knowledge. - Albert Einstein Theatre should be happiness; it should help us learn about ourselves and our times. We should know the world we live in, the better to change it. Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it. Augusta Boal Theatre of the Oppressed Remember this practical piece of advice: Never come into the theatre with mud on your feet. Leave your dust and dirt outside. Check your little worries, squabbles, petty difficulties with your outside clothing — all the things that ruin your life and draw your attention away from your art — at the door. Stanislavski Founder of Method Acting
Theatre, the imagined and enacted world of human beings, is one of the primary ways children learn about life, about actions and consequences, about customs and beliefs, about others and themselves. As students imagine, create, and reflect, they are developing both the verbal and nonverbal communication skills necessary for their school progress. The intellectual demands that drama places on students help them develop problem-solving abilities and thinking skills such as analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating. Drama is a bridge to the creative thinking strategies that develop language, sensory motor and cognitive skills. As children participate in dramatic activities, they have an opportunity to access their individual interests and talents. The child should be an active part of this process, not a passive observer. Observation is something they learn through other media. By doing, they are truly learning. The process is holistic and can be likened to a jigsaw; if one piece is missing then the puzzle cannot be completed. A practical understanding of every separate piece of the puzzle and how they interact and support each other is needed for a complete understanding of the whole subject area.