• An informal, improvisational, non- exhibitional, process-centered form of drama in which participants are guided by a leader to imagine, enact, and reflect upon human experiences through role-play, improvisation, pantomime, movement, and sound. (American Alliance for Theatre and Education: www.aate.org)
• It is “incorporating theatrical components and dramatic exploration into educational settings to support the child’s natural tendency to learn through play.” (PTM Creative Dramatics Program mission statement)
It is a distinct discipline, art form,teaching tool and educationalprocess for teaching and learning;it is a hybrid between theatre andeducation. (Nellie McCaslins Creative Drama in the Classroom and Beyond.)
• Social Skills• Individual Growth and Development
• Affirms that all people can play, that all people can succeed at it, and that all people are creative; has no right or wrong answers.• Develops people, is not a product; has experience and not performance as the goal.• Promotes physical, mental and emotional learning.
• Supports concentration, imagination, problem solving, and critical thinking.• Fosters empathy, cooperation, and compromise.• Cultivates self-control, initiative, and self- esteem.• Helps children absorb, process, and retain concepts.
• Develops communication and language skills, breath awareness, and voice control.• Enhances physical control and awareness; develops gross and fine motor skills.• Encourages theatre and art appreciation, provides accessibility; debunks the myth that only actors can use drama.
• Requires only space, leadership, imagination, and participation; is inexpensive and uncomplicated.• Invigorates any subject, but can also be a subject unto itself.
• Museum Exhibits• Theater and Improvisation Games or Exercises• Books or Poems• Folk Tales, Fables, Fairy Tales, Legends or Myths• Visual Arts: paintings, photographs, sculpture, architecture• Location or Event--historical,
• Scientific Processes or Natural Phenomena• Songs or Music• Sports• Mathematical Pattern and Sequence• Feelings and Emotions• Dance, Rhythm and Movement