Drama for Life Short Courses

Introduction to Playback Theatre

Dates: 12,13,14 and 19, 20, 21 July 2019

Cost: R3000

Duration: 2 weeks

The Introduction to Playback Theatre short course provides a certificate equivalent to the Centre for Playback Theatre's "core course" in Playback Theatre. The course establishes a foundation in the Playback model. This course will introduce students to the core principles of Playback Theatre, its functions and history. The course will teach participants the basic skills of performance in Playback Theatre. The course will introduce concepts such as ensemble and group dynamics, exploring how these concepts contribute to an effective playback performance. Students will learn core forms such as 'fluid sculptures', 'pairs', 'v-narrative', ‘corridors’ and 'long stories' and frames the appropriate use of ritual in Playback Theatre.

Application Deadline: 5 July 2019

Theatre of the Oppressed: Introductory Level

Date: 5 March 2019

Cost: R3000

Duration: 6 weeks

The Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) course is a unique Applied Theatre model developed for theatre practitioners, facilitators, artists and educators in community, school and organisational settings. The introductory course introduces students to the pedagogical understanding of oppression and Augusto Boal's principles, pedagogy and practice of TO with the aim to equip them with critical thinking skills around the issue of oppression and its complexity. It gives background to Boal's method from Paulo Freire's, Berolt Brecht and Karl Marx's theoretical underpinnings. The course starts to explore, from a theoretical perspective, the specific Boal techniques of games and exercises, Image Theatre and Forum Theatre. It will prepare students to start thinking about the power of TO as a methodology that can mediate and encourage dialogue around issues of oppression in their communities. It will provide a base for the subsequent Intermediate and Advanced levels of the TO course.

Application Deadline: 14 April 2019

Introduction to Radio Drama

Date: 9 March 2019

Cost: R3000

Duration: 4 weeks

Radio in South Africa and Africa at large is by far the dominant and most important mass medium. It is set apart from other media platforms in facilitating political debate, shaping identities and assisting listeners as they negotiate the challenges of everyday life on the continent.

The aim of the course is to provide a unique opportunity for aspiring students to gain skills in Interactive Radio Drama. As an artform Radio Drama makes leaps that other mediums don’t; connecting the world, nations, regions and communities in a fraction of a second through story. The short course provides prospective candidates with unique skills and knowledge to set-up operate and manage their own Interactive Radio Drama projects. With the added advantage of facilitating debates and dialogue through story.

Application Deadline: 15 February 2019

Applied Drama and Theatre techniques for Adolescent Education

Date: June 2019

Duration: 3 months

The Applied Drama and Theatre Techniques for Adolescent Education is a short course that is offered by the Mvuso Schools and Education Project. The Applied Drama and Theatre techniques for Adolescent Education offers a supplementary method to teach critical content such as sexual health, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and other contemporary social issues explored In the classroom through curriculum. The course offers teachers and community artists an understanding of introductory Applied Drama process incorporating basic drama and Theatre elements as well as reflective awareness.

Application Deadline: 18 April 2019

Introduction to Knowledge unzipped method

Date: June & September 2019

Cost: R3400

Duration: 5 weeks

The aim of the short course is to equip teachers, community health trainers and peer educators with a performance-based, adaptable and participant-driven method for hosting sexual health dialogues with youth. This Applied Drama tool, designed and adapted from the Drama for Life Knowledge Unzipped model, intends to capacitate these 'adult allies' with skills to deepen the learning process and better the delivery of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) content and education. The objective is to develop an awareness and understanding of the following:

• Factors influencing sexual risk

• Sexual rights in relation to body autonomy and gender roles/stereotypes

• Basic contraception options with a focus on condom use

• Basic Applied Drama facilitation questioning techniques and skills

Application Deadline: 15 February 2019

Mental First Aid Course: Trauma Arts Pedagogy Introduction

Date: June 2019

Cost: R3000

Duration: 6 weeks

The Introductory Mental First Aid course on Trauma Pedagogy is a short course offered by Drama for Life, assisting teachers in identifying and dealing with trauma in the learners, focussing on building resilience through group activities and introducing the concept of self-care. This course offers basic knowledge around critical content such as: trauma and psycho-traumatology. A description of what happens to an individual during a traumatic incident and the course trauma follows in an individuals’ life after a traumatic incident. It describes the symptoms of trauma and what happens if a traumatic incident is not cared for in time. The course further offers skills and tools that can easily be implemented by teachers as part of their daily teaching rhythms, incorporating basic artistic, drama and theatre games as well as and reflective awareness. This course provides the opportunity for teachers to 'uncramp' some of the trauma through simple games which prevents trauma from developing into PTSD and personality disorders .

Application Deadline: 18 April 2019

Developing Awareness: Mindfulness Training for Educators and Healthcare Professionals

Date: 26 March – 30 April 2019

Cost: R5500

Duration: 6 weeks

This short course is offered for professional enhancement, particularly relevant for arts therapists and professionals in education, healthcare, psychotherapy and social work. Mindfulness is an innate capacity of the mind to be aware of the present moment in a non-judgemental way. The objectives of the Developing Awareness course are to equip participants with the knowledge, practices and experience to: 1) Promote awareness of the body, heart and mind through the cultivation of mindfulness. 2) Improve their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. 3) Utilise an increased sense of awareness within their professional and personal contexts.

The course uses an integrated pedagogy, which takes students experientially and academically through graduated stages of learning and personal development. It therefore combines weekly 2-hour sessions with a weekend retreat.

Application Deadline: 12 March 2019

Deepening into Compassion: Mindfulness Training for Arts Educators and Healthcare Professionals

Date: 16 July – 20 August 2019

Cost: R5500

Duration: 6 weeks

This short course is offered for professional enhancement, particularly relevant for arts therapists and professionals in education, healthcare, psychotherapy and social work. Compassion training builds on mindfulness practice. While mindfulness is an innate capacity of the mind to be aware of the present moment in a non-judgemental way, compassion is the sensitivity to the suffering of self and others with a deep commitment to try to relieve it. It promotes a way of being that helps people to take better care of themselves and others, and to lead more engaged and sustainable lives, particularly in the caring professions. The primary objectives of the Deepening into Compassion course are to equip participants with the knowledge, practices and experience to understand and practice compassion and critically analyse the concept of compassion in personal practice and their professional context.

The course uses an integrated pedagogy, which takes students experientially and academically through graduated stages of learning and personal development. It therefore combines weekly 2-hour sessions with a weekend retreat.

Application Deadline: 2 July 2019

Preparing for Doctoral Study in the Arts

Date: 30 March 2019

Cost: R5000

Duration: 3 months

Drama for Life and other WSOA departments have identified a gap between MA study and Doctoral study - a student who has successfully completed an MA degree is not automatically ready for PhD study. This is especially true when the student completed a course work Masters. Furthermore, prospective students who can demonstrate considerable achievement in the creative industries, but who do not have a suitable degree, need a way to prepare for a PhD based on recognition of prior learning. This course can help WSOA in the RPL process for such students.

Application Deadline: 15 February 2019

How to apply

For enquiries on how to apply, please contact Puleng Plessie;

puleng.plessie@wits.ac.za /011 717 4727