The drama curriculum is intended to help students to develop an understanding and appreciation of drama as as the ability to create works using the elements and techniques of this discipline. Through exploring drama, students will develop and understanding of themselves and others, and will learn about the lives of people in different times, places and cultures. They will develop practical and artistic skills, as well as critical-thinking skills and a variety of communication skills.
Role playing is a key component of the drama. Pretending to be someone else involves an act of the imagination that is of central importance in the development of the ability to understand others. As students “live through” experiences of others, they learn to understand a variety of points of view and motives, and to empathize with others. They also learn to clarify their own point of view and develop their ability to think carefully.