Applied Drama (Book)

A Facilitators Handbook for Working in Community

A companion to Intellect’s award-winning Applied Theatre: International Case Studies and Challenges for Practice, Applied Drama fulfils the need for an introductory handbook for facilitators and teaching artists working in community settings through dramatic process, drawing on the best practices to transfer into the diverse settings within which applied drama projects occur. Crafted for use in schools, classrooms, community groups, healthcare organisations and all manner of social institutions, this book aids practitioners to develop and hone the skills needed to best serve the needs of these diverse communities.

Category: Performing Arts

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A companion to Intellect’s award-winning Applied Theatre: International Case Studies and Challenges for Practice,Applied Drama fulfils the need for an introductory handbook for facilitators and teaching artists working in community settings through dramatic process, drawing on the best practices to transfer into the diverse settings within which applied drama projects occur. Crafted for use in schools, classrooms, community groups, healthcare organisations and all manner of social institutions, this book aids practitioners to develop and hone the skills needed to best serve the needs of these diverse communities.

Monica Prendergast is assistant professor of drama and theater education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Victoria.

Juliana Saxton is professor emerita in the Department of Theatre at the University of Victoria and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.

Together, they are coauthors of Applied Theatre, also published by Intellect and selected as the American Alliance for Theatre and Education's 2009 Book of the Year.

Preface  Chapter One: Introduction to the Field  Chapter Two: Foundations of the Field   Section One: Entering the Process  Chapter Three: Building a Community  Chapter Four: Risking, Trusting and Being  Chapter Five: Role Playing Chapter Six: Embodying Thought and Feeling  Section Two: Exploring Together  Chapter Seven: Talking and Listening  Chapter Eight: Topics, Themes, Talk and Action  Chapter Nine: Improvisation  Section Three: Focusing the Work Chapter Ten: Moving into Devising  Chapter Eleven: Creating Monologues  Chapter Twelve: Crafting Scenes Chapter Thirteen: Modes of Sharing Chapter Fourteen: Reflecting, Exiting and Assessing  

'A clearly arranged and informative handbook'

Theater Forschung, Dr. Nathalie Fratini

'Prendergast and Saxton's latest book is a long-awaited response to the training needs of those who take their first steps as facilitators of interactive and participatory drama with non-professional actors. ' 

Hristina Mouratidou, The Journal for Drama in Education

'[T]he strength of Applied Drama as a handbook for applied drama facilitation lies in its candid treatment of vital processes and issues such as embodied learning, ethics, reflection, communication and improvisation. By exploring the key concepts in the field of applied drama and illustrating them through practical drama structures, the work becomes a balanced blend of both theory and practice. Consequently, teachers and students at various levels of learning and young people’s theatre facilitators will find the book enormously useful.' 

Keneth Bamuturaki, Consciousness, Literature and the Arts
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