The study of dramatic arts at De La Salle College provides students with an opportunity to take on roles, to create and enter into imagined worlds, and to learn in a unique way about themselves, the art of drama, and the world around them. Drama is a social art form. Constructing, performing, and analysing drama involves a collective experience of social interaction. Through the process of “stepping into the shoes of another”, students are allowed to develop and express empathy. By communicating in both their real and imagined worlds, students can develop proficiency in listening, speaking, questioning, and negotiating. Drama places high demands on a student’s ability to think inductively, deductively, sequentially and inventively. The analysis of dramatic works reveals the universal aspects of human experience as well as demonstrating the power of communication through images, language, sounds, and movement.
In our Drama program, the challenge continues to be finding ways to encourage students to step out of their comfort zones, to step into the spotlight, and to step up to take risks they may not otherwise take. Our students recognize the benefits of the Drama program as it encourages more confident risk-taking in the drama process, stresses the importance of team collaboration, opens opportunities to create improvised scenes, and develop original and authored script work.
If the Drama programs in our schools can create a safe environment that encourages self-expression, builds confidence and self-esteem, and inspires creativity and collaborative problem solving, then they have served our students well.
The Benefits of a Drama Education
- promotes effective public speaking skills
- stimulates creative problem solving
- challenges students’ perceptions of the world and of themselves
- enhances persuasive communication (written and oral)
- develops positive self-esteem and confident self-image
- develops self-control and discipline
- encourages collaboration and cooperation
- promotes tolerance and empathy (seeing the world through another person’s eyes)
- reinforces concepts and learnings in other curriculum areas:
- the way humans interact
- understanding figures in history and literature
- active learning leads to a greater depth of understanding and improved retention
- enriches the learning experience
- reinforces traditional academics
Drama Education has a very important role to play in the personal development of our students. The skills and qualities developed by students through the dramatic arts, such as teamwork, creativity, leadership and risk-taking are assets in all subjects and all areas of life. Drama stimulates the imagination and allows students to explore issues and experiences in a safe and supportive environment. Drama promotes self-esteem and provides all students with a sense of achievement regardless of their academic ability.