The Drama Teacher

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Quality Not Quantity in Drama

It is easy for teachers to slip into the zone of focusing on quantity in drama education, while losing focus of a more important factor – quality. Whether it be the length of a play rehearsal or a student-devised drama piece, quality should always take precedence over quantity. Who cares if...

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Too Much Homework Counterproductive, Study Finds

A senior lecturer at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University has published a study that finds too much nightly homework for high school students is counterproductive. The survey of over 4,000 students from ten high-performing high schools from upper middle class Californian communities also cited prior studies indicating...

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Epic Theatre Conventions

Along with Constantin Stanislavski, Bertolt Brecht was one of the most influential figures of 20th century theatre and the most significant practitioner since World War II. Brecht’s theories for the stage, including his well-known epic theatre form and alienation techniques, made him a force to be reckoned with. Although it...

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Poor Theatre Conventions

Polish theatre practitioner Jerzy Grotowski is best known for his intense actor training system in the 1960s and 70s. At the Laboratory Theatre, Grotowski and his actors experimented with the physical, spiritual and ritualistic aspects of theatre, the nature of role, the relationship between actor and spectator, and his concept...