Calling all drama teachers! CSA is now providing Professional Development workshops for drama teachers, in venue, and online.
Work with qualified teacher and professional actor, Academy Director Sara Cooper, to enthuse and equip yourself and your students for the year ahead.
*When booking make sure you tell us which age groups you teach, so we can provide you with an option of purchasing an age appropriate script package on the day. Contact us regarding availability.
Sara is a qualified drama teacher with a 4 year Bachelor of Education (Psychology and Drama Major). Read more about her industry and teaching experience here.
Workshops are provided under the following categories:
ACTING FOR THE SCREEN
*Further to providing curriculum guidance, the aim of all workshops is to resource the teacher on an energetic and emotional level through their own skills development.
*Workshops are taught through the art of effective critique; modelling clear, direct and nurturing feedback and guidance.
*All content can be adjusted for all ages, and advice will be given on how to do this for your age group.
SCRIPT ANALYSIS 1: Work in front of the screen and cover the basics of script analysis and acting; including how to utilise and teach Objectives, Substitution, Uniting and Obstacles.
SCRIPT ANALYSIS 2: Work in front of the screen and cover the basics of script analysis and acting including; the 5 W’s, “5 minutes before and after” and the powerful technique of applying Actioning Words to text.
MONOLOGUES: Utilise the camera as a learning device and use the Switch exercise to bring utmost truth to your students monologue work.
PHYSICAL THEATRE 1: Improvisation focus. Train in liberating vocal and physical exercises suitable for all ages.
PHYSICAL THEATRE 2: Group dynamic focus. Cover a range of exercises and lessons enhancing focus and connection.
CLOWNING 1&2: Learn how to harness the power of your class clowns. Assist your students to experience the thrill of finding their inner clown and eliciting genuine laughter from an audience, as opposed to getting laughs from their mates.
Sara has trained with international clowning teachers, taught clowning for 20 years and worked as a Clown Doctor for 6 years.
USING STAKES FOR COMEDY: Remember Seinfeld? – Comedy based entirely around people getting het up over tiny things. Explore the use of stakes in your classroom to bring out the laughs and strengthen your students’ performances.
USING STATUS FOR COMEDY: Work with custom made scripts and take the exploration of status to the extreme in order to find the comedy in a scene.
ANIMAL: Exploring animal is one of the most exciting pathways into character. Learn how to guide your students through the exploration of contrasting pace, rhythm and movement to find unique and diverse characters.
CHARACTER IMPROVISATION: Dive into two contrasting characters yourself through powerful and immersive improvisation exercises. Role play guiding your fellow teachers as students, and leave ready to bring a whole new level of character development to your school.
ACTING FOR THE SCREEN
TECHNICAL 1: Hitting the mark. Learn to teach the crucial skill of hitting the mark utilising different marks in group and individual scenarios.
TECHNICAL 2: Over the shoulder shots. Learn to work with students in a tight over the shoulder shot with a simple camera or even mobile phone. Option of purchasing a swag of ‘convincing’ scripts to take back to your school.
CONTINUITY: What on earth is continuity and why is it so important? Study examples of performance continuity errors and practise the skills of both executing great continuity, plus script supervising to ensure classmates get it right! Take home footage examples and custom written scripts.
AUDITIONING & SELF TESTS: Learn how to teach the basics of auditioning in the film and TV industry. Take home quizzes for your students and ensure they’re ready for the next big opportunity!
MOCK SET: Lights, camera, action! (Or is that really what they say??) Take back to your school a fun ‘Mock Set’ lesson they’ll want to do over and over again.
Plus: Learn what it’s like to work on a COVID safe set.
THE MINDFUL TEACHER: How do we hold the space for ourselves so that we can hold it safely for our students? How does a mindfulness practise positively affect our teaching and our students learning? How does being mindful make for better actors?
Take back to your school a range of exercises and approaches to ensure you are supported the best you can be…and therefore, so are your students.
Let us know your preferences so we can plan the 2021 offerings for you.
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