Using Drama for Learning

Using Drama for Learning


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This is an applied theatre practice course suitable for teachers, theatre practitioners, educators, learning and development trainers, students of theatre, B.Ed candidates and anyone interested in becoming effective facilitators of drama techniques and exercises.


This is a two-part course that will progress with each workshop. Level 2 will be open to new applicants (attendance of level 1 is not compulsory), however for those with little or no experience, Level 1 will be necessary.


This workshop aims at understanding and experiencing how drama can be used as a pedagogical tool to work in various environments and with different groups of people.


Both the six evening workshops will help you understand and learn how to:


Level 1:  

Conducting Drama Games and Excercises

Level 2:  

Planning a Drama Session


September 2013: 16th, 18th, 20th, 23rd, 25th, 27th

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


  • Effectively structure and facilitate a drama session
  • Learn exercises and drama based activities and their application
  • Understand the potential of drama as a tool for learning.


October. 6 Sessions: 3 hours each.

  • Add new exercises and methods to the existing drama toolkit 
  • Learn how to plan a drama session with the required objective of your group
  • Develop your improvisational skills as a facilitator


We call this course ‘Using Drama for Learning’ because we truly believe that drama and the multiple art forms that tangent from it have the power to enhance any kind of learning we as individuals indulge in. This workshop will help you understand how to use drama as a learning tool as well as contextualise it and apply it effectively in your own space. It is an intensive course that will require your full attention and attendance.





About the Organiser

Theatre Professionals comprises a team of 24 drama instructors teaching drama at 16 schools across Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad. We conduct teacher training workshops, corporate training, and have facilitated numerous professional training engagements for actors. Our team has extensive experience in designing and facilitating learning processes through drama.

The course will be conducted by our senior trainers: Timira Gupta and Shaizia Jifri.


Timira Gupta has been working with children, education and the arts for the past four years. She is a certified ABT (Arts-based Therapy) practitioner and uses music, drama and visual art as tools for therapy with special needs children. She works with two special schools, Tulips and Saraswati Mandir, with children aged 4-18 years. She also works at St. Catherine of Siena, a residential centre for children at risk, as an ABT practitioner. Through Theatre Professionals, she facilitates drama at BMC schools commissioned by Vidya Foundation. She also works extensively with teachers, on how to use the arts effectively in classrooms. When Timira's not in schools, she’s conducting circus-arts workshops where she teaches juggling, poi-spinning, clowning and more.
She has been working with an Italian theatre company (Teatro per Caso) since 2006 on a project in Goa called the Laboratory of Smiles. The project aims at training institutionalised children in various circus arts, which finally culminates into a series of street performances.


Shaizia Jifri has been conducting drama workshops in schools for the past 5 years, acquiring hands on experience as a Drama Trainer, starting at Trio World School in Bangalore, Bombay International School, Aditya Birla World Academy, and Sadhna School for Down Syndrome Children. Shaizia has gone on to teach at the South Indian Education Society, Panbai International School, and Cathedral. She currently teaches at NSS Hillspring, Aum Yash Kendra, JBCN International School, and Banganga Municipal School. As Theatre Professionals' senior most trainer, Shaizia is a constant source of information, inspiration, knowledge and experience on the effective placement and use of Drama exercises. While she teaches during the day, Shaizia also works on animations, graphic design, and is currently pursuing a degree in Illustration and Design from the UK as well.

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