Call for papers for 2016’s Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show

MTDExpo 2016 logo 1.inddApplications are now open for programme ideas for the inaugural Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show.

Launching in February 2016 at Olympia Central in London, the Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show will be co-located with the Music Education Expo, going into its fourth successful year, as a new performing arts element to the Expo’s CPD offerings.

To be considered for the 2016 programme, prospective speakers need to complete an online form at http://www.musiceducationexpo.co.uk/call-for-papers-2016, clearly indicating the aims of the suggested seminar, who the intended audience would be, the learning objectives and relevant key stages, as well as providing a detailed overview of the content in a lesson plan format. An advisory board of education practitioners will shape the 2016 programme from the submitted proposals.

Sarah Lambie, head of content for the Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show and editor of Teaching Drama magazine, said of the call for papers: ‘We’d like to hear from educators and experts in fields as wide-ranging as education psychology, curriculum and exam preparation, technology, education policy, and practitioner techniques.’

The deadline for submissions is 21 August 2015.

For more information about the Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show, visit www.musicaltheatredrama.co.uk.

Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show 2016 – we need you!

MTDExpo 2016 logo 1.inddOur friends Music Education Expo are launching the Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show in February 2016, and we want YOU to get involved!

We’re looking for drama teachers and practitioners to join a voluntary advisory board to inform and advise on the free CPD programme.

Find out more here. The closing date for applications is 8 June.

 

Green room: Will the reforms to GCSE and A-level drama benefit students?

The Department for Education announced in February the subject contents for GCSE, AS and A-level drama to be taught from 2016, so in our Summer 2 issue of Teaching Drama, out now, we’re asking our panellists:

 

What is your view? Vote in our poll and comment below. Read the views of our panellists in Summer 2 2014-15, where the issue also includes a ‘Curriculum focus’ column, outlining a basic summary of the guidelines on which exam boards are currently finalising their new specifications.

Green room: Would a bad review put you off taking students to see a show?

In our Summer 1 issue of Teaching Drama, we’re asking our panellists:

 

We have a bonus blog-only exclusive answer for this issue: read the thoughts of Ed Boutler-Comer below. Do you agree or disagree with his view? Vote in our poll and voice your opinion.

Ed Boutler-Comer Green room

Read the views of the rest of our panellists in Summer 1 2014-15.

Professional development day in Bristol – 1 March

The Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama are running a professional development day on ‘Drama in the Classroom’ in Bristol on 1 March, led by Philip Kingsley Jones from UWE.

Full details of the day can be found below. For more information on the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama, read TD‘s article in our current spring 2 issue.

STSD March

Green room: Should you ignore stage directions?

In our Spring 2 issue of Teaching Drama (out now!), we’re asking our Green room panellists …

 

We talk to actors and playwrights to get their points of view:

Modern stage directions are too often evidence of a failure of the text sufficiently to direct the actor

It is easy to misread stage directions and think of them as simply a “to-do” list for the design and stage management team

Vote in our poll and voice your opinion. Read the views of our panellists in Spring 2 2014-15.

PERFORM TICKET GIVEAWAY!

At next month’s PERFORM 2015, Teaching Drama is hosting a workshop series for teachers on Saturday 14th featuring sessions with White Light, exam board representatives and Frantic Assembly.TD is giving away 25 one-day entry tickets to PERFORM for FREE! Each ticket admits two people.

The ticket, which costs £9 on the day, will give you access to the PERFORM exhibition, as well as the chance to attend a whole range of workshops and seminars, including TD’s workshop series. (It’s recommended that workshops are booked in advance; the entry fee for the TD workshops is £3 when pre-booked, and £4 on the day).

To enter our prize draw for a PERFORM one-day entry ticket, email teaching.drama@rhinegold.co.uk with the subject line ‘PERFORM 2015 – ticket giveaway’.

Good luck!

Perform

 

Green room: Should students be given the opportunity to tackle older roles?

When studying drama, students are encouraged to experiment with a number of different and varied characters. But should this include older, more distinguished roles? Can students benefit from playing characters such as King Lear, Queen Margaret and Uncle Vanya? Can they do them justice in their own unique way? Or are they better avoided.

What’s your opinion?

 

Read the opinions of our panellists, in our latest issue – Spring 1 – available to buy now as a digital copy (www.pocketmags.com) or you can subscribe to future issues at www.teaching-drama.co.uk.

TD to host teacher workshop sessions at PERFORM 2015

Teaching Drama is delighted to announce that we’ll be partnering up with 2015’s PERFORM, which will be celebrating its fifth anniversary from 13–15 February 2015 at London Olympia. Each year PERFORM runs workshops and seminars for people involved or looking to build a career in the performing arts. 2015’s available sessions exceed 60 in number.

There’s a huge range of workshops  and seminars on off er at PERFORM

There’s a huge range of workshops
and seminars on offer at PERFORM

TD have worked with PERFORM to create the ‘Teaching Drama magazine workshop series’: a specially crafted programme for teachers which will run on the Saturday (14 February). The first of the three workshops, ‘Contemporary theatre practitioners’, will explore the methods of contemporary theatre companies for inclusion in KS4/5 study programmes to fulfil practitioner-inspired modules. The session will be led by a member of one of the UK’s most innovative physical theatre groups, Frantic Assembly.

The second session in the TD series, ‘Preparing students for written papers’, will be a teachers’ seminar with representatives from the leading exam boards – looking at what students need to do to meet assessment criteria in both written and performance exams at KS4 and 5.

For teachers looking to brush up their technical theatre skills, the third workshop will look at how to make the best use of a limited school lighting rig and what you can do to bring your productions to life with a member from leading entertainment lighting specialists White Light.

As well as TD’s workshop series for teachers, there are other sessions running throughout the three days for teachers, ran by the National Theatre, Trinity College London and Bodens College of Performing Arts. For full details of the programme, visit the PERFORM website.

All of the workshops, each costing £3 for admittance, are now open to book now at www.performshow.co.uk; limited spaces are available, so early booking is advised.

————————

Subscribe to Teaching Drama as a print or digital edition now for more news, features and information. Single issues are also available in print and digital from just £2.49.

Over 1,000 young people attend TheatreCraft 2014

Vicky Featherstone with TheatreCraft volunteers (Credit: Helen Murray)

Vicky Featherstone with TheatreCraft volunteers (Credit: Helen Murray)

Teaching Drama visited TheatreCraft, the backstage theatre careers fair, on 17 October. The one-day event, aimed at young people aged 16-25, had more than 1,000 visitors in attendance at the Royal Opera House.

The event was opened with a speech from the Royal Court’s artistic director Vicky Featherstone. She said it was ‘such an honour’ to address the visitors to TheatreCraft. She described it as ‘an amazing moment’ that young people had gathered to pursue and research careers in backstage theatre.

Featherstone said in her opening speech: ‘I truly believe theatre in its wider sense has something in it for absolutely everyone and TheatreCraft will allow you to explore this. There are so many possibilities. Today is an amazing opportunity to come together and learn about your future. Theatre is all about people and their shared experiences. British theatre needs you.’

The day itself offered participants the chance to take part in over 70 workshops on offer in everything from theatre marketing to wig making. Over 50 exhibitors were on hand to talk to in the marketplace, highlighting education and industry opportunities throughout the country in the backstage sector. There were also 39 industry experts available for one-to-one advice sessions.

If you missed out on this year’s event, keep up to date with developments for 2015’s TheatreCraft on their website, www.theatrecraft.org.