DISCIPLINE // Creative Drama & Theatre
ARTIST STATEMENT // I approach Creative Drama and Theatre activities in the classroom like a life-skills course. My goal is help develop imagination, cooperation, observation, and concentration skills, and increase social awareness in students of any age while they actively engage in activities that get them ti think on their feet and take a walk in someone else’s shoes. I can tailor activities to many subjects and any grade level.
SAMPLE LESSON PLANS // United We Stand Workshop
Kindergarten: 5/50 minute Creative Drama sessions on the Stages of a Butterfly: includes becoming your own butterfly by imaging you are a growing caterpillar who has to saw its way out of its egg shell, find many leaves to munch munch munch, so you can molt molt molt, to eventually donning your antenna, proboscis, and wings and flying around the room tasting flowers with your feet. Also includes all the kids becoming part of one large butterfly, with pool-noodles as feet and antenna, water bottles as proboscis, and giant flapping paper wings.
1st/2nd: 5/50 minutes Creative Drama sessions on Inventors, with creative drama activities in which we become an invention our own, form our classmates into well-known inventions (vehicles, appliances, electronic gadgets), and play out What If scenes to answer the question “What If….we did not have telephones? Electricity? Trains, Planes, and Automobiles?
3rd/4th/5th: 5/50 minutes sessions of Readers Theatre Three Ways!! 1) Traditional, 2) Where we use items in the classroom to make the scenery, 3) Where we use our bodies to create the scenery. Also activities to learn Vocal Variety, and Speaking in a Character Voice, how to handle a script effectively, and how to turn a Children’s Book into our own Reader’s Theatre Script!
BIO // Teresa has been teaching Creative Dramatics, Theatre, Acting, and Improvisation to Missoula area children for more than twenty years. She teaches a class at UM to education majors called Creative Drama in the Classroom and is the the educational outreach coordinator for the Montana Repertory Theatre. She has also headed the Teresa Waldorf’s Summer Theatre Day Camp for twenty summers. Teresa Waldorf is an instructor for the UM Creative Pulse program.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION // Short-term and long-term residencies in Creative Drama in the Classroom or Reader’s Theatre; professional development for teachers: “How to Use Creative Drama to Teach Any Subject.”
GRADE LEVELS // all
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDITS // Instructor for Creative Pulse Program and for the UM School of Theatre and Dance and the School of Education.
BADGES EARNED //
The Kennedy Center Foundation in Arts Integration: 2016
Arts Transform Communities: Montana Arts Integration Conference 2018
Embracing Differences to Make a Difference: Professional Development Training: September 2018