Initialize classes use improvisational drama methods, in particular devised theatre, to develop emotional literacy and leadership skills in a way that feels creative and playful. Devised theatre is a collaborative and improvisational form of drama creation where drama pieces are organically created based on a theme or topic.
Our classes are different each term because while our programme model is the same, our students come up with different dramas every time. That’s the nature of improv. Also each class is catered to the students in the class, and every group of students have a different dynamic and process the programme content differently. We celebrate this and pride ourselves on being flexible and able to cater to individual and group needs.
firstly because every class is catered to the needs of each particular group of students, and secondly because
cover different focuses each term, such as:
During our classes, your child will build:
Sharing ideas, thoughts and feelings
Speaking up in a group
Taking part in brainstorms
These are things that a lot of people struggle with, and especially young people. Our classes are about providing a creative and nurturing space where young people feel able to be themselves, share their ideas, build trust and camaraderie with others, and above all, feel okay to be themselves - whether that be feeling bored, hungry, hyper, excited, tired, happy, shy, nervous, or any of the other myriad feelings that may come up. Our belief is that if we acknowledge and accept feelings as okay whatever they are, this allows students to be more fully present and engaged with the class - and ultimately to learn self-reflective skills that research has shown (cite) leads to higher productivity, better relationships, more creativity, higher self-esteem and a greater ability to self-regulate emotions and thus have more choice in our responses.
So actually check ins and check out are key. What I want to see is students sharing their feelings in the present to begin those self-reflection skills, to see them learning about their strengths and to feel affirmed and validated, and to have experiences of efficacy and upward growth, definitely NOT of failure or shame. And failure and shame comes from judgement right, from the idea that there is a right and wrong way to behave, feel, be. If that idea is released as nonesense, then freedom self is allowed, freedom of expression, freedom to explore and create and
Giving and receiving strengths-based feedback
judgements & projection
Recognising and managing emotional triggers
Class activities include theatre sport games, topic discussions, brainstorms and drama coaching. These activities set the groundwork for the devised theatre pieces that are created by students and showcased to family, friends and whanau at our end-of-term performances.
Find out more about our class fees, times and locations here.
Speech and drama skills
Alongside the emotional literacy and leadership skills that our classes foster we ensure that students are taught core speech and drama skills, including:
Projection & articulation
Giving and receiving technique-based feedback
Stage Presence & body language
Effectively communicating an idea or topic
We define personal development as getting to know ourselves better and being known better by others.
Through knowing ourselves better - that is, by being more aware of our thoughts, feelings and responses - we can develop more control over how we respond to and are affected by people and situations in the future. And through being known by others - that is, sharing more of our thoughts and feelings with others - we can develop closer connections and build stronger relationships.
We believe that leadership is demonstrated through having the emotional literacy and communication skills needed to collaborate with others to reach a common goal. Before we can lead others, we first need to know ourselves.