The Creative Arts Team uses theatre strategies to engage, inspire and educate.
Creative Arts Team (CAT) uses the techniques of theatre to inspire creativity and support social, emotional and academic learning in a variety of settings, including schools, after-school programs, college campuses, community-based organizations, and government facilities including Rikers Island. CAT actor-teachers facilitate interactive workshops with children and adults, including teachers and other supportive personnel, in a participant-centered approach, to process key themes or issues, and to build skills using drama strategies. Through theatre conventions, reality is viewed afresh, prejudices revised, and conflicts seen from many points of view. Throughout, actor-teachers process these experiences so that participants are able to transfer the new skills and insights into their real lives.
CAT is a division of the City University of New York (CUNY). CAT is a part of CUNY’s K-16 Initiative, administered by the Research Foundation of CUNY.
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What is Educational Drama?
Educational drama is both an aesthetic activity and a tool for learning. It is one of the few genuinely democratic teaching methods: the emphasis is on active engagement rather than observation, and its aim is empowerment through participation. The pupils are at the center of the learning process and the role of the teacher is to stimulate, structure, challenge, and develop his or her contribution – not impose upon it!
Educational drama is the only active teaching method which extends right across the curriculum to facilitate and deepen the whole learning process. At its heart are the development of personal understanding, decision making, communication skills and social activity. It is an essential tool in the teaching of oracy and stands with literacy and numeracy at the core of education.
- Chris Vine