Profession drama teacher

Drama teachers instruct students in a recreational context in the various theatrical genres and dramatic expression forms, such as comedy, tragedy, prose, poetry, improvisation, monologues, dialogues etc. They provide students with a notion of theatre history and repertoire, but mainly focus on a practice-based approach in their courses, in which they assist students in experimenting with and mastering different dramatic expression styles and techniques and encourage them to develop their own style. They cast, direct and produce plays and other performances, and coordinate the technical production and the set, props and costume usage on stage.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Artistic
  • Social / Investigative

Knowledge

  • 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.

Skills

  • Assist students in their learning

    Support and coach students in their work, give learners practical support and encouragement.

  • 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.

  • Observe student's progress

    Follow up on students’ learning progress and assess their achievements and needs.

  • Consult students on learning content

    Take students' opinions and preferences into consideration when determining learning content.

  • 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.

  • Encourage students to acknowledge their achievements

    Stimulate students to appreciate their own achievements and actions to nurture confidence and educational growth.

  • Conduct background research for plays

    Research historical backgrounds and artistic concepts of plays.

  • 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.

  • Define performance concepts

    Elucidate performance concepts, such as texts and scores for performers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Perform classroom management

    Maintain discipline and engage students during instruction.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Stimulate creativity in the team

    Use techniques like brainstorming to stimulate creativity in the team.

  • 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.

  • Analyse a script

    Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.

  • Prepare lesson content

    Prepare content to be taught in class in accordance with curriculum objectives by drafting exercises, researching up-to-date examples etc.

Optional knowledge and skills

play musical instruments keep personal administration assessment processes study play productions interpret performance concepts in the creative process assist students with equipment practise singing draw up reference documents for performance perform improvisation adapt a script movement techniques pronunciation techniques practice dance moves curriculum objectives deal with public ensure visual quality of the set perform exercises for artistic performance create script for artistic production manage budgets breathing techniques facilitate teamwork between students develop curriculum analyse theatre texts carry out auditions develop educational activities manage resources for educational purposes coordinate with creative departments provide lesson materials