Professional Development for Teachers – Teacher Commedia Workshops
Workshops are for Arts teachers, language teachers, professional practitioners and workshop leaders. They provide an exceptional opportunity to develop teaching and performance skills in relation to the new National Arts Curriculum; a key focus in Corinna’s recent PhD research. Components are taught in an educational manner, providing ideas for how teachers can bring to life Commedia dell’Arte in their classrooms. Teachers will learn how to deliver Commedia dell’Arte in a sequential learning manner and will develop skills for teaching relevant theatre.
Central training features of PDs include:
Exploring the principles and reference point of Commedia dell’Arte, improvisation as a tool for creating work, mask, physical theatre, comic acting, ensemble work, gestures and voice. Teachers engage in a practical workshop and seminar exploring the history of the genre, its movement over time and place, the benefits of teaching Commedia dell’Arte in schools, ideas for going beyond Goldoni, and discovering new ways to support students in creating dynamic and contemporary Commedia dell’Arte performances.
In 2014, Corinna will be leading PD’s in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Launceston, Canberra, Auckland and Christchurch. Workshops run on weekends from 9:30-4:30pm each day in a venue within the CBD. Participants receive teachers’ notes and certificates, plus 10% off any merchandise they purchase on the day.
Professional Development for Teachers Weekend – Adelaide, May 2013
PD for Teachers ~ EXAMPLE ONLY:
Professional Development for Teachers Day 1:
History, understanding the genre, principles, arrival in Australia, relevance and benefit to school curriculum and student learning. Teachers learn fixed types, characterisation, develop lazzi and interactions, and work with masks. Sessions include Commedia in and for contemporary times, allowing participants to consider how best to introduce the genre to their students. The day includes an in-depth look at the new National Arts Curriculum and discovering ways to deliver and engage students with the genre. Each stage of the workshop is connected to the new National Arts Curriculum and is broken down in a manner suitable for teaching students.
Professional Development for Teachers Day 2:
Morning includes a refresh of day 1 and comic acting, stage fighting, and slapstick techniques. Afternoon: Teachers then work in groups to devise their own Commedia dell’Arte scenarios as per the Arts and language curriculum requirements. These are performed back to the whole group and feedback is given. The day concludes with a shared experience discussion and Q&A session. Each stage of the workshop is connected to the new National Arts Curriculum and is broken down in a manner suitable for teaching students.