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PD Courses

Empathy 2.0

by Steven Stack

Brought to you by instructor Steven Stack, creator of The Empathetic Classroom, this course looks at ways to move on from the worldwide pandemic, while honoring the past and learning from it. In the past year, students had many things taken from them: school, hanging out with friends, freedom, hope, and innocence.

With this course, each session will highlight one specific topic relating to moving on. There will also be activities for each session that will help your students own the past, embrace their own and others’ narratives and scars, create a stronger classroom community, find ways to be where their feet are planted, and learn to play again.

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Impowerment Improv

by Jennine Profeta

Jennine Profeta, Second City performer and theatre educator, leads this course. This course was designed to give a teacher tools to create a safe environment in which students can go beyond their old patterns to take risks, embrace failure, be more confident and aware of the effects of their word choice. The course includes modules on risk-taking, creating a safe environment, failure, confidence, and positive/negative speak.

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Hands-On Theatre History: Anti-Realism

by Wendy-Marie Martin

This course is a mix of individual and group activities requiring students to use both their analytical and creative mind. It gives students an overview on the Anti-Realism movement of the late-19th and early-20th century, and introduces them to some key theorists, playwrights, and theater makers involved in this movement.

Together we will guide students through the wild world of the “isms,” more specifically Symbolism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Expressionism and Absurdism. We will introduce students to various manifestos and theories as we track the characteristics of each of our five “isms.” As we combine analysis and creative exercises, students bring their entire self to process and prepare to design an ISM Theme Park project, which they will share with the class at the end of the course.

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Latest PLC

Impowerment Improv

Hosted by Lindsay Price, Jennine Profeta

This PLC will be in 2 parts - an introduction to the course, and then an interactive workshop with Jennine for up to 15 participants. Jennine Profeta is DTA's go to resource for Improv in the drama classroom. Her latest DTA Professional Development course Impowerment Improv is designed to give teachers a framework in which they can use improv to develop real world social and emotional skills; taking risks, embracing failure, confidence, and word choice awareness.

Learn about the course, and then join Jennine in this workshop as she personally takes you through the exercises for the course and shows you how improv is an excellent "Impowerment" tool that will help students beyond the classroom.

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Curriculum Units

Overview: Theatre History
By Drama Teacher Academy
Unit 1: Before and Beyond Ancient Greek Theatre
By Drama Teacher Academy
3 Lesson Plans
Unit 2: Greek & Roman Origins
By Drama Teacher Academy
6 Lesson Plans
Unit 3: Medieval Theatre
By Drama Teacher Academy
3 Lesson Plans
Unit 4: Commedia Dell'Arte
By Drama Teacher Academy
4 Lesson Plans
Unit 5: Asian Theatre
By Drama Teacher Academy
7 Lesson Plans
Unit 6: Theatre of the Renaissance
By Drama Teacher Academy
5 Lesson Plans
Unit 7: The Elizabethan Golden Age
By Drama Teacher Academy
4 Lesson Plans
Unit 8: Restoration Comedy & 18th Century Theatre
By Drama Teacher Academy
5 Lesson Plans
Unit 9: Romanticism
By Drama Teacher Academy
4 Lesson Plans
Culminating Project
By Drama Teacher Academy

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Approved PD Provider, State of Arkansas
Approved Provider of PDPs for Massachusetts
Approved Provider of Montana OPI Units, Montana Office of Public Instruction
Approved PD Provider, State of Pennsylvania
Approved CPE Provider, Texas Education Agency
Provider of Professional Development Credits, State of Wyoming
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