Mary Jane Pennington in the Theatre for the Very Young production of The Tranquil Tortoise and the Hoppity Hare

Process Drama: It's All In the Process

In Professional Learning Center

Come explore Process Drama, a fun, flexible, standards-aligned, and student-empowering strategy for using drama in the classroom and across the curriculum.  Process Drama begins with a story or text, but views and plays with it through a variety of lenses and processes that involve imagining possibilities beyond what is already given.  Process Drama fits perfectly with Common Core emphases on close reading, attention to details, and, especially, awareness of multiple points-of-view.  If you have ever enjoyed seeing a character put on trial, imagining what happens after ‘The End’, or conceiving the parallel story of a character only barely mentioned in the text, then you will appreciate the amazing potential of Process Drama for deepening engagement, comprehension, creativity, and collaboration, and bringing Critical Literacy into the classroom.  In this workshop, we’ll explore process drama techniques on paper and in action, experience sample lessons, and begin to apply the learning to original lessons in our own curricula.Process Drama is an ideal strategy for integration of drama into the curriculum. It is a highly flexible and adaptable strategy, with clear applications that subvert the myth that classroom drama must involve performance. Process Drama aligns implicitly with Language Arts objectives dealing with story elements, comprehension, and Listening/Speaking/Viewing, and can be employed across the curriculum. In this course, we will explore the definition and pedagogical foundations of Process Drama, experience sample units and lessons employing the strategy, and engage in hands-on Process Drama development differentiated by grade level (K-1, 2-3, 4-5). Participants will leave the session with an idea, blueprint, or fleshed-out plan for an original Process Drama lesson or unit. And in the Process, all will be immersed in stimulating thought, imaginative role-playing, self-directed learning, and old-fashioned fun.

Grades: K-5
Cost: $50
Date/ Time: TBD, Summer 2014

Class level: 


  • Facilitator
    Barry is an actor, writer, educator and storyteller. He holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University, and an M.F.A. in Theatre from the University of San Diego and... read more »


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