“Love art in yourself, and not yourself in art”
Constantin Stanislavski, My Life in Art.
As a faculty we aim for students to develop their sense of resilience and empathy by exploring different situations through drama. Drama develops the student’s ability to work with various groups of people in various situations. We encourage students to work with new people each unit in order to develop an understanding of others and how to interact with others to achieve a positive outcome. Beyond drama, these are essential life skills.
Drama enhances students’ artistic and creative abilities and gives them a better understanding of themselves and their world. Drama fosters self-discipline, confidence and team work and develops skills in interpreting, researching, negotiating, problem solving and decision making.
At Verulam we encourage all students to engage in drama to help them improve in a wide range of areas, such as self-confidence, self-esteem, self-expression, communication, collaboration, interpersonal skills, aesthetic awareness and, last but not least, imagination.
We offer the opportunity to participate in two shows per year and the possibilities for enthusiastic students are vast. Students are also encouraged to participate in a ‘Backstage’ capacity if they do not wish to be on stage but still take part. Our Drama faculty also boasts strong links with professional actors such as West End star, Tarinn Callender (Hamilton, Kiss Me Kate, Dick Whittington and his Cat) to provide workshops for students.