Educational Drama and Theatre


  • Wendy K. Mages School of Education, Mercy College, 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522, USA


This article, based on an International Week 2016 presentation given at Pädagogische Hochschule Niederösterreich, provides an overview of a number of prominent forms of educational drama and theatre. It also discusses the reasons for and merits of integrating educational drama and theatre into academic curricula. The description of some of the commonly used educational drama and theatre paradigms which have been shown to be beneficial, and that can be readily integrated into classes in a variety of curricular areas, such as language arts, foreign language, science, social studies, and history—is intended to pique the interest of teachers and administrators, and inspire educators to further investigate the paradigms and benefits of integrating educational drama and theatre into academic programming.