Theatre is a growing field in the museum world, and Educators
are increasingly using theatre to teach visitors about a given
topic. It is a fun and entertaining way to learn, and many people
tend to retain information better that is presented in a creative
way as opposed to traditional lecture. Theatre activities can
also be adapted for all ages, which makes this a useful tool to
use across generations.
the fall of 2007 I had the opportunity to take a graduate course
entitled “Teaching Theatre.” I found it to be a great
complement to both my undergraduate degree in music and theatre,
as well as my current work in Museum Education.
theatre is a great tool when working with a large group on a singular
or repeat basis. It is a way to get a number of students involved
in a production without the audition process. It requires a theme
that can be based on any topic, so it is a good teaching tool as
well. To support the theme, the Educator compiles a number of sources
based on the chosen theme. These can be excerpts from literatures,
poems, song lyrics etc. Students can even write their own pieces.
For my class project the theme was “Growing Up and Growing
Older” and it took the students through the stages of life
in a fun, entertaining, and heartfelt way.
Theatre is a great way to teach a topic in a fun and entertaining
way. It allows the students to hold a script in their hand; thus
taking away the effort of memorization, while adding motion and
sound effects with the words. By incorporating movement and sound,
students will be more likely to remember specific details and
facts about a topic. It also promotes collaboration and team building.
Not only can students perform already written scripts, but they
can write their own to explore a given topic further. This can
be used as a single activity or can be drawn out and expanded
upon over several visits.