The following exercise gives students the opportunity to pitch their dream show to the rest of the class. This is a great exercise to do with students after you’ve polled your class. Now that they’ve identified which shows they are interested in working on, they are going to take the next step: discovering what it takes to get the ball rolling towards actually producing a show.
This exercise combines students’ theatrical knowledge with a useful technique taught in business class: SWOT analysis. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.
A SWOT analysis is used to specify the objective of a business venture or project, and to identify and evaluate different internal and external factors (both positive and negative ones) to achieve the objective. In this exercise, the objective of the project is to select the best possible show for your drama class to produce.
Students will select partners and decide on a show that they wish to produce. As a team, they will complete a SWOT analysis, identifying the following aspects of their show:
Students will fill out the following table with answers to each section:
The following ideas will help students get on the right track for identifying ideas for their SWOT analysis. These are just a few concepts that producers have to consider when selecting a show to produce!
Once students have completed their SWOT analysis, they will work together to create a short “elevator pitch.” They will present their SWOT analysis to the class with the goal of convincing their classmates that their show should be produced. Encourage students to emphasize the strengths and opportunities of the show, and identify the weaknesses and threats. To go further, students should try to come up with creative solutions to address the weaknesses and threats–perhaps even turning them into strengths and opportunities!
After each pair has presented their SWOT analysis to the class, they will complete an individual reflection on the process and presentations. Who knows what creative shows and solutions your students will come up with!