Mission: IDEAS strives to fill the void of direct drama experiences that exist in the educational lives of young people with disabilities and disadvantages. Using drama and theater as a teaching and learning tool and in response the need for all young people to express themselves IDEAS offers a variety of drama-in-education programs for youth ages 7-21 as well as specially designed workshops for parents and staff of disabled/disadvantaged youth.
Geographic areas served: NYC and surrounding areas.
Programs: Creative drama: in creative drama youth enact familiar stories, or base their improvised scenarios on what they see from a photograph or a book title, a simple suggestion or a prop or costume piece. We focus on dramatic structure, learning to answer the questions of who (characters), where (setting), what (action) and why (main idea), increasing their literacy skills with an optional performance component. For disabled and disadvantaged youth. Sociodrama: through improvisation students explore a variety of consequences, positive and negative, that comes with acting or behaving a different way and try out appropriate behavior and outcomes. While they learn about how to create fictitious characters and stories they are also learning about themselves and the world around them. They can do this with the safety net of a character, even referring to themselves by a different name, thus creating a different persona to safely try out unfamiliar actions in familiar or unfamiliar settings and situations. For youth with disabilities and other disadvantages. Professional development: informational and training workshops for professionals who work in the arts with youth with disabilities. Parent workshops: creative workshops that help parents interact with their children.
This past school year, my class has had the opportunity to participate in the IDEAS drama program. We found it to be very engaging with creative activities. We explored our emotions through role play, music, costumes and dialog. My students loved this program. We especially enjoyed the culminating activity of performing our version of the Wizard of Oz for our friends. Thanks for the wonderful experience.