KB 24 Theatre Based Learning

KNOWLEDGE BEANS -24 a huma n r e s ou r c e news l e t t e r july 2010

Highlights of this issue - Sophia Stepf emphasizes on practicing theatre as amediumof training - Abhishek Thapar gives insights on theatre as a universal formof human expression - Niket Karajagi reinforces the importance of experiential learning with his article on‘video based learning as a“high impact training”option’

theatre champion

Sophia Stepf

theatre as a training method

We have a thousand facebook friends, drive cars, and have fully automatic washing machines. Beneath our electronic extensions, though, we are still human beings. Our face-to-face communication skills, empathy, and capacity for teamwork define the success of our work much more than a machine ever could. Enter the theatre.The most basic theatrical formula is“A does B for C”, meaning that an actor performs an action for an audience. For example, I watch a sweeper sweeping the room. I understand intellectually what he or she is doing but I do not really learn what it means. If I take the broom and sweep the room, letting the sweeper watch me instead, I will immediately feel the back pain, experience the power dynamic, endure the monotony, and learn the importance of a good broom. With theatre training, we create this type of fully experiential learning within a safe environment. We bring people into a physical space where they are fully present in body, mind, and spirit. We use theatre exercises for team building, to practise communication continued >>

Sophia Stepf has an MA in Dramaturgy for theatre and media from the HMT, Leipzig and Toronto’s York University and qualified as a Business Cultural Trainer from IH London. She has developed and

managed theatre projects for the Goethe Institute,MMB in India and conducts intercultural theatre workshops and does journalistic writing about India. She works for international festivals as a Dramaturge.She is actively involved in programming,writing,translation and hostingpublictalks.Asanexpertontheatre,shehasconductedresearchforGermanFederal Endowment for Arts and the Goethe Institute in New Delhi. She has worked as an intercultural trainer in education and business.

Deeksha Jawa, Head – Project Management, Atyaasaa Consulting Private Limited, is a post graduate in Management HR and Green Belt in Six Sigma with a background in Psychology. She has a passion for behavioural sciences and combines her knowledge of psychometric the editor’s column Deeksha Jawa

testingwith her management expertise tomanage projects end to end and design & develop workshops in order to meet the changing needs of businesses.

This edition talks of the importance of “Experiential Learning” induced by incorporating theatre, role plays and multimedia in training programs. It emphasizes on the importance of adding of some characterisation of a drama / theatre text, so learners become personally and fully involved in the learning process, in a context in which it is possible for learners to feel less self-conscious and more empowered to express themselves through the multiple voices of the differing characters.

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