Profession drama teacher
Drama teachers teach students in the practice, theory and performance of drama outside the mainstream primary, secondary and higher education systems, but may provide private or small group tuition as an extra curricular activity in association with mainstream educational institutions
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- Acting techniques
The different acting techniques for developing lifelike performances, such as method acting, classical acting, and Meisner technique.
- Vocal techniques
The various techniques for using your voice correctly without exhausting or damaging it when changing voice in tone and volume.
- Assess students
Evaluate the students' (academic) progress, achievements, course knowledge and skills through assignments, tests, and examinations. Diagnose their needs and track their progress, strengths, and weaknesses. Formulate a summative statement of the goals the student achieved.
- Lead cast and crew
Lead a film or theatre cast and crew. Brief them about the creative vision, what they need to do and where they need to be. Manage day-to-day production activities to ensure things run smoothly.
- Observe student's progress
Follow up on students’ learning progress and assess their achievements and needs.
- Perform classroom management
Maintain discipline and engage students during instruction.
- Manage student relationships
Manage the relations between students and between student and teacher. Act as a just authority and create an environment of trust and stability.
- Consult students on learning content
Take students' opinions and preferences into consideration when determining learning content.
- Assist students in their learning
Support and coach students in their work, give learners practical support and encouragement.
- Prepare lesson content
Prepare content to be taught in class in accordance with curriculum objectives by drafting exercises, researching up-to-date examples etc.
- Interpret scripts
Translate and interpret a script or musical score.
- Demonstrate when teaching
Present to others examples of your experience, skills, and competences that are appropriate to specific learning content to help students in their learning.
- Organise rehearsals
Manage, schedule and run rehearsals for the performance.
- Guarantee students' safety
Ensure all students falling under an instructor or other person’s supervision are safe and accounted for. Follow safety precautions in the learning situation.
- Conduct background research for plays
Research historical backgrounds and artistic concepts of plays.
- Maintain safe working conditions in performing arts
Verify the technical aspects of your workspace, costumes, props, etc. Eliminate potential hazards in your work space or performance. Intervene actively in cases of accidents or illness.
- Bring out performers’ artistic potential
Encourage performers' initiative and encourage them to observe and listen to one another. Create a context for exploration, improvisation, phrasing permutations, phrasing demonstrations, deconstruction of the material, use of tools and props.
- Stimulate creativity in the team
Use techniques like brainstorming to stimulate creativity in the team.
- Adapt teaching to student's capabilities
Identify the learning struggles and successes of students. Select teaching and learning strategies that support students’ individual learning needs and goals.
- Give constructive feedback
Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.
- Define performance concepts
Elucidate performance concepts, such as texts and scores for performers.
- Encourage students to acknowledge their achievements
Stimulate students to appreciate their own achievements and actions to nurture confidence and educational growth.
- Assemble an artistic team
Identify required expertise and artistic needs. Look for potential human resources and candidates, solicit candidates, and conduct solicitation talks and tests. Communicate clearly about the specific project, select team members, and agree on the conditions and requirements of the project.
- Analyse a script
Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.
- Apply teaching strategies
Employ various approaches, learning styles, and channels to instruct students, such as communicating content in terms they can understand, organising talking points for clarity, and repeating arguments when necessary. Use a wide range of teaching devices and methodologies appropriate to the class content, the learners' level, goals, and priorities.
- Motivate others
Direct other people's behaviour by providing them with a convincing reason for action.
- Develop a coaching style
Develop a style for coaching individuals or groups that ensures all participants are at ease, and are able to acquire the necessary skills and competences provided in the coaching in a positive and productive manner.
Optional knowledge and skillsfacilitate teamwork between students perform exercises for artistic performance practise singing movement techniques analyse theatre texts develop educational activities interpret performance concepts in the creative process assessment processes draw up reference documents for performance manage budgets assist students with equipment study play productions breathing techniques adapt a script coordinate with creative departments practice dance moves carry out auditions keep personal administration pronunciation techniques play musical instruments provide lesson materials perform improvisation ensure visual quality of the set deal with public develop curriculum curriculum objectives create script for artistic production manage resources for educational purposes
Common job titles
- Drama teacher
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- High school drama/theatre teacher