October 2, 2008
In early 2008, the SAG Foundation partnered with TNT to create “How-To-Play”, a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to help educators across the country bring dramatic arts into their classroom curriculum.
Designed to encourage creative expression, “How-To-Play” also builds children’s confidence and communication skills while encouraging them to work toward a common goal in a safe, nurturing and fun environment. Educators teaching “How-To-Play” gain first-hand experience in directing their students through the process of creating a short theme-based theatrical piece, drawn entirely from original material written and performed by the children themselves.
Easy-to-follow instruction is presented through streaming video and a written curriculum consisting of theatre games, improvisations, creative writing exercises and a helpful introduction to theatre vocabulary. The streaming videos document teaching artists Lee Sherman and Rochelle Rose as they guide a group of children through this involving and entertaining journey. The written curriculum, developed by veteran educator and literacy specialist Jan Powell , aligns exercises and games to current Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) national standards.
We at the Foundation are excited about this newest project in our effort to effect change in the greater community-at-large. We encourage everyone to Click Here to learn more about the program.
“Drama exercises the muscles of the imagination”-Esai Morales