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School Drama is a professional learning program for
primary school teachers, which focuses on the power of using drama and
literature to improve English and literacy in young learners.
School Drama was developed by the Sydney Theatre Company (STC)
in 2009, in partnership with The University of Sydney. It has been acclaimed by
Australian and international critics, and is now a cornerstone of the STC’s
This book is a
School Drama resource. It includes:
- A summary of how drama
and literature enhance literacy
- An explanation of the
School Drama approach and methodology
- Learning outcomes from
School Drama program so far
- Exploration of the art
and pedagogy of drama (via elements, devices, and roles)
- 22 classroom dramas:
each comprised of a series of workshops that progress through common themes and
The School Drama Book is essential reading for teachers and theatre
practitioners who want to educate confidently with drama, either through the
School Drama program or on their own. It uses drama as a critical pedagogy, and
encourages learning through activities, rather than teaching ‘about’ the texts.
This approach has been shown to develop rich imaginations and creative
capacities for the future.
Includes a foreword by Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton.
eBook available from
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-534-9 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
ROBYN EWING AM is Professor of Teacher Education
and the Arts at the University of Sydney.
JOHN NICHOLAS SAUNDERS is Education Manager
at Sydney Theatre Company.