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Drama at the Heart

Teaching Drama in Steiner-Waldorf Schools

July 2016
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    29th July 2016
  • ISBN 9781782502692
  • Pages 240 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9.25"

Drama, when integrated well into a curriculum, can bring empathy, excitement, expression, and engagement to any lesson. Drama at the Heart will help teachers to work successfully with drama in their classrooms in a rewarding and holistic way. Nell Smyth begins by considering what it means to be a drama teacher. Whether for a single lesson or for a whole touring production, this comprehensive book guides teachers through the challenges and the details, from breathing exercises and ice-breaking games to finding the right play for a particular age group, as well as all aspects of rehearsal and production. It is packed with practical and down-to-earth advice, helpful tips and funny stories, all based on Nell Smyth's extensive experience. Drama at the Heart is an invaluable, one-stop handbook. Throughout this warm and practical book, the reader is reminded about what truly makes a successful production—a joyful, thriving child or teenager at the heart of it. 

Nell Smyth

Nell Smyth is a learning specialist, teacher, and consultant with extensive background in theater, playwriting, and bodywork. She was born in England and has worked in England, Italy, Spain, and the U.S., where she now resides. Her academic education includes a B.A. in literature from Leeds University, an M.A. in Afro Caribbean Studies, as well as a postgraduate certificate in education, from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She also graduated from the Emerson College Rudolf Steiner teacher training program in England. Nell brings many years of experience as a Waldorf teacher. She has taught grades one through eight, and has been developing her work with very young children for several years.