A Relational Perspective

Using Drama Theory to Transform Instructor-Student Engagement

  • Kit Simmons Impetus Theatre
  • Nicola Simmons Brock University
Keywords: drama principles, engaged teaching and learning, lightness, le jeu, complicité


Some time ago, at the annual conference for the Society in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, we offered a workshop that focused on gaining insight into a less performative and more communicative style of teaching. We proposed applying dramatic arts theory (lightness, le jeu and complicité) to support engagement with self, with subject, and with the larger audience. The paper outlines activities to support reflection in the three spheres of our proposed model, provides examples of engagement, and poses questions for further inquiry in this area.

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