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Improving Dialogue Through Drama
Workshop Leader: Rosalind Flynn
For Teachers of Grades 3-8
3 hours of instruction time
Maximum number of workshop participants: 30

Students’ ability to write effective stories often requires skill in writing dialogue. Since plays are stories told only through dialogue, improvising scenes provides an excellent way to help students create dialogue. In this workshop, learn ways to use the acting technique of improvisation to motivate students to create dialogue that reveals character, settings, and circumstances. Using unscripted scenes, based on a classroom text, experience a dramatic way to help students to speak and then write more dynamic dialogue.

The Role of Improvisation in Playwriting
It is not unusual for playwrights to describe a scene to actors and ask them to improvise the action of the scene—act out the episode using their own words. These improvisations often result in fresh, believable dialogue that playwrights record and include in the final script. Often, the improvisations prompt the playwright to think in new and different ways about the characters and the action. Improvised dialogue, may, of course be changed and edited in written format, but improvisation is a valuable tool for changing the printed words of a text into a live acting experience which may then inspire printed words in script form or scenes.

The Purpose of the Workshop
The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate how teachers can engage students in improvisations and planned improvisations. Familiarity with classroom guidelines and practice in improvising increases the likelihood that classroom improvisational drama will be effective and productive. Used as a pre-writing strategy, improvisation may also enhance the quality of the dialogue that students use in their writing.
The opening activities in this workshop are intended to build participants’ skills in improvisation. The initial warm-ups, modeling, and improvisations provide practice in this type of acting. Teachers may use or adapt these skill-building activities with students. The skills and guidelines learned later inform the use of planned improvisations in the study of a piece of literature and in the writing of character dialogue.



Dramatizing the Content: Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre
Workshop Leader: Rosalind. Flynn
For Teachers of Grades 5-12
3-6 hours of instruction time
Maximum number of workshop participants: 30

Readers Theatre is a rehearsed group presentation of a script that is read aloud rather than memorized. This workshop's activities involve teachers in the planning, writing, rehearsing, staging, and assessing of Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre scripts. The focus? --Creating and presenting a short script that fulfills a dual purpose--it must inform about a curriculum topic and entertain an audience!

Repeatedly reading and rehearsing scripts based on curriculum content increase the likelihood that students will practice fluent reading, retain information, and perform better on assessments. Theatrical skills of vocal volume, expression, and effective use of gestures are also among the goals of this arts integration activity that merges drama, theatre, writing, reading, speaking, listening, and content learning.

A workshop packet that contains sample scripts, guidelines for developing scripts and directing presentations, and other resources is included. For teachers who wish to use Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre as a form of performance-based assessment, assessment criteria and tools are also part of the packet. This workshop addresses all curriculum areas and many national and state standards of learning. (Special note to Math and Science teachers: Yes, even you will leave this workshop with definite strategies and materials to merge drama with the content you cover!)


Exploring Secondary School Literature and Social Studies through Drama Techniques
Workshop Leader: Rosalind Flynn
For Teachers of Grades 6-12
3-6 hours of instruction time
Maximum number of workshop participants: 45

In this workshop, learn how to actively involve secondary school students in dramatizations that increase their comprehension and address national and state standards of learning. Examples are drawn from historical events, Shakespearean plays, and classroom literature.

Please note-This workshop can be custom-designed to focus on a particular novel, play, or Shakespearean drama. The following workshops have recently been developed and presented:

Exploring King Lear through Drama Techniques
Exploring
Macbeth through Drama Techniques
Exploring
Much Ado About Nothing through Drama Techniques
Exploring
The Tempest through Drama Techniques
Exploring
Othello through Drama Techniques
Exploring
Tom Sawyer through Drama Techniques
Exploring
The Crucible through Drama Techniques


From Story to Stage: The Drama in Classroom Literature
Workshop Leader: Rosalind Flynn
For Teachers of Grades K-6
3-6 hours of instruction time
Maximum number of workshop participants: 45

When adapting a work of literature for the stage, playmakers choose drama/theater strategies from a variety of sources including actor training, theater games, and theatrical staging conventions. In this workshop, develop a repertoire of drama/theater strategies for use with classroom literature. Share these strategies with students to actively involve them in staging portions of a story while also developing several social and learning skills.

Note: These drama/theater strategies are also easily applicable to social studies and they address many national and state standards of learning.



Theme Theatre: A Guide for Teachers and Directors
Or
One Production, Many Students, Little Time: A Guide for Teachers and Directors


Workshop Leader: Rosalind Flynn
For Teachers of Grades 2-8
3-6 hours of instruction time
Maximum number of workshop participants: 45

Theme theatre is one way to involve many students in a performance comprised of similarly-themed poems, stories, scenes, songs, and student-written pieces. Workshop participants learn how to select or create appropriate script materials, and cast, rehearse, stage, polish, and present a theme theater performance. Whether your goal is a theatrical production for entertainment or for learning purposes, this workshop will prepare the participant for your role as director.


The Drama of Vocabulary: Providing a Purpose for Speaking the Words
Workshop Leader: Rosalind Flynn
For Teachers of Grades 5-12
3 hours of instruction time
Maximum number of workshop participants: 30

Dramatic situations and improvisations motivate all sorts of uses of language. In this workshop, experience how a variety of drama/theater strategies can engage students in dramatizations that involve vocabulary words. Workshop participants will experience 1.) ways to introduce drama/theater strategies to students, 2.) suggestions for coaching students to be focused and expressive in their dramatizing, and 3.) ways to involve students in using specified vocabulary words in their dramatizations.


All of Dr. Flynn's workshops can be adapted for students in grades K-12 and for parents, administrators, and other community members.


Sites of Educational Drama Professional Development Workshops
and Drama Residencies Conducted by Rosalind M. Flynn
Alabama
Decatur
Huntsville
Opelika
Selma
- The Princess Theatre
- The Arts Center, Inc.
- Opelika City Schools and Arts Council
- Selma Arts Council
Alaska

Anchorage
Kodiak

- Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
- Kodiak Island Borough School District
Arizona


- Arizona State University
- Peoria Unified School District
Desert Harbor School
-
Mesa Unified Public Schools

Arkansas
Fayetteville
Pine Bluff
- Walton Arts Center
- Arts & Sciences Center
California
San Diego

Davis
Berkeley

Sacramento

- Brain Expo 2001
- NCTE Conference
- The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
- Cal Performances and
   the Berkeley Unified School District
- Metropolitan Arts Council

Colorado

 

- Annunciation Elementary School
Connecticut

 

- Westport Country Playhouse
- Greenwich Public Schools
District of Columbia
 

- The John F. Kennedy
   Center for the Performing Arts
- DC Public Schools
- Children's Resources International

Florida
Gainesville
Fort Lauderdale
Jacksonville

Sarasota
- University of Florida Center for Performing Arts
- Broward Center for the Performing Arts
- Theatreworks
- The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
- Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Georgia

Atlanta


Vidalia

- Fulton County Arts Council
- State Bridge Crossing Elementary School
- Sweet Apple Elementary
- Ohoopee Regional Council for the Arts
Hawaii
Honolulu
Maui
- Hawaii State Department of Education
- Maui Arts and Cultural Center
Illinois

Skokie
- Quad City Arts
- Centre East
Indiana
Bloomington
Columbus
Indianapolis
- Indiana University
- Columbus Area Arts Council
- Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, MSD
  Wayne Township
- Young Audiences of Indiana
Iowa
Gallagher
Waterloo
- Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
- Waterloo Community Schools
Kansas
Lawrence
- The Lied Center
Kentucky
Owensboro
- River Park Center
Louisiana
Lafayette
- Adadiana Arts Council
- Jefferson Davis County Public Schools
Maine
Lewiston
- L/A Arts
- Lewiston Auburn Schools
Maryland

- Charles County Public Schools
- Montgomery County Public Schools
- Montgomery College Office of Continuing Education
- St. Mary's College of Maryland

Massachusetts
Lowell
Billerica
Boston

New Bedford
- Center for the Arts Billerica Public Schools
- Billerica Public Schools
- The Wang Center for the Performing Arts
- Boston Public Schools
- Zeiterion Theatre
Mississippi
- Greenville Arts Council
- Greenville Public Schools
Missouri
Springfield
- Juanita K Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
- Springfield Public Schools
- Missouri State-Based Collaborative Institute
  for Literacy through the Arts
Montana

Billings
Laurel
- The Alberta Blair Theater
- Billings Public Schools
- Laurel Public Schools
Nevada
- Clark County Parks and Recreation
New Hampshire
Concord
Portsmouth

- Capitol Center for the Arts
- The Music Hall
- Portsmouth Schools
New Jersey
New Brunswick
Newark
- The State Theatre of New Jersey
- New Jersey Performing Arts Center
- Englishtown/Manalapan Schools
- Marlboro Schools
New Mexico
Silver City
- Mimbres Region Arts Council
- Silver Consolidated School District
New York
Glen Cove
Poughkeepsie
- Tilles Center, C.W.Post University
- Poughkeepsie Public Schools
North Carolina
- United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake
- Wake County Public Schools
Ohio
Cincinnati
Wooster
Findlay
Columbus


Dayton
- Theatre IV
- Wayne Center for the Arts
- Arts Partnership
- Marion Palace Theatre
- Ohio State Based Collaborative Initiative Peer Teaching
  Artists Coaching Program
- The Muse Machine
Oklahoma
Oklahoma City
- Black Liberated Art Center
- Oklahoma City Public Schools
- Douglass High School
Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh
Scranton
Williamsport

- The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
- Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple
- Williamsport Area School District
Rhode Island

- Narragansett Middle School
South Carolina
Greenville
- The Peace Center for the Performing Arts
- Spartanburg County School District
South Dakota
Sioux Falls
- Husby Performing Arts Center
Tennessee
Clarksville

- Austin Peay State University
- Franklin County Schools

Texas
Dallas

Orange
- Partnership for Arts, Culture and Education
- Imagination Celebration of Fort Worth
-
The Lutcher Theatre
Vermont
Burlington
- The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Virginia
Richmond





Crozet
Charlottesville
- Theatre IV
- Richmond Public Schools
- Partners in the Arts
- Arlington County Public Schools
- Chesterfield Public Schools
- Fairfax County Public Schools
- J.T. Henley Middle School
- Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
- Prince William County Public Schools
- George Mason University
West Virginia
Clarksburg
Lewisburg
- The Art Center
- Carnegie Hall, Inc.
Wisconsin
Green Bay
Wausau
- Green Bay Area Public Schools
- Wausau Area Performing
  Arts Foundation
- Wausau School District

For fees, availability, and further information, contact Rosalind@rosalindflynn.com