Drama and Theatre Arts

Drama in the MYP engages students in an active relationship with theatre and encourages autonomous learning and exploration. It encourages the growth of creative, reflective and communication skills through practical work. Emphasis is placed on the artistic process and the students’ understanding of this process as an essential component to their artistic development through continuous investigation, planning, goal setting, rehearsing, performing, reflection and evaluation.

(International Baccalaureate, 2013, MYP Arts Guide)

Forever evolving, [Drama] nourishes, sustains and extends the human spirit. It is a means of exploring society and relationships within it. Through it … emerge possibilities for individual and communal understanding. [It] is about transformation. [and] the application, through play, of energy and imagination to frame, reflect, expose, critique and speculate. These activities … engage and develop [students’] sensibilities , who, by studying and engaging … practically, … will discover how elusive, fascinating and varied theatre can be.

At one extreme, theatre is national, institutionalized and commercial, while at the other it is provincial, subversive and experimental. The… course … encourage[s] students to examine theatre in its diversity of forms around the world. …through critical study of the theory, history and culture of theatre, and will find expression through workshoping, devised work or scripted performance. Students will come to understand that the act of imagining, creating, presenting and critically reflecting on theatre in its past and present contexts embodies the individual and social need to investigate and find explanations for the world around us.

Students are encouraged to develop the organizational and technical skills needed to express themselves creatively in theatre [and] to become aware of their own perspectives and biases and to learn to respect those of others. This requires a willingness to understand alternative views, to respect and appreciate cultural diversity, and to see the varied role that theatre plays in reflecting these.

At the core of the [subject] lies a concern with clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis—all of which [is] achieved through practical engagement.

(International Baccalaureate, 2009, DP Theatre Arts Guide)

Drama in the MYP
Grade 6
Students will build on the skills acquired in the PYP and focus in particular on voice and movement. For the latter half of the trimester they will work with a text stimulus to develop a performance. In this way they can apply their skills as theatre makers and performers.

Grade 7
Students will explore nonverbal communication by devising a short performance in their mother tongue. The experiment encourages them to discover how a story can be told without the common medium of the spoken word. Later on in the trimester students develop their script writing skills and explore the demands of monologue writing and performance.

Grade 8
Students are actively involved in developing a short script to performance standard. In so doing they develop collaborative skills, and navigate the demands of working in an ensemble. They will analyse scripts for performance …

Grade 9
Students will study focus on physical work and specifically on the use of Mask and Mime as dramatic conventions. They will research traditions from different cultures and devise their own work applying learned skills and techniques.

Grade 10
Students are introduced to various traditions and cultural uses of puppetry in and beyond the theatre. They will conceive of, design and construct their own puppets and devise a performance in which they will integrate puppetry and manipulation their puppets.

Theatre Arts in the Diploma Programme
During the two year course, students will participate in a least three productions. They study a variety of key practitioners, theatrical genres and dramatic conventions from diverse cultures and traditions. Typically students will participate in a least one international festival, meeting with peers and leading professionals from around the world. The course is characteristically demanding; requiring significant application from students academically, practically and creatively.

The course culminates in the completion of four projects which span dramaturgical research, production conception, personal creative analysis and the creation of a theatrical event.

Drama/Theatre Arts Faculty Staff
Please contact any of the faulty staff with any queries.

Rob Thorburn
Subject Area Leader for the Arts, Drama and Theatre Arts teacher

Siobhan Buckman
Drama and Theatre Arts teacher and Grade 7 coordinator

Svetlana Repetiy
Arts Faculty Assistant