What is it about?

This article explains the development of a teaching framework for educational drama. It explores the similarities between critical thinking in action and drama as a learning medium. It offers a new way to engage participants critically with the world through active experiences in the imagination.

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Why is it important?

Our world is complex and constantly changing. The advent of social media and the rise of disinformation means that for young people reading the world with a critical eye has never been more important. The hope for critical process drama is that it will empower and enable young people to ask vital questions of themselves and the world and to imagine a new one.


This article is the result of my ongoing interest in the power of the arts and specifically drama for learning about and through the self. It is not a fix-all for the ills of the world but has offered me a place and space to develop and honour my curiosity. As the pace of the world only increases, I think we need to find ways to return to our humanity, to engage in authentic arts experiences and welcome into the world a raft of emotional experiences. The arts can reconnect us to what it means to be human and what that means for the world we create for one another.

Claire Coleman
University of Waikato

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This page is a summary of: Dancing into a critical process drama, Applied Theatre Research, July 2022, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/atr_00060_1.
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