Friday, April 9, 2021

Body, Mind, Performance Workshop


Maija Lamu, who runs our Cairo, Egypt branch, with Gina El Zoheiry, comes from a sporting background. She and her husband were both international tennis stars. She has seen a great gap in the market and will be developing an amazing drama course for athletes. 
 

Maija says: "Any successful athlete is confident, has a strong sense of self and is able to think critically. Athletes must develop their focus, learn how to be calm and motivated in order to enhance their performance. 


"According to a frequently cited study of almost a quarter million students by UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Dr. James Catterall, students who participate in the Arts don’t just do better in school, they perform in areas that drive success outside the classroom.

 
"When athletes take part in drama they start to develop confidence, analytical skills, self awareness, emotional regulation and positive thought patterns. The arts has been proven to decrease stress and increase a sense of fulfillment and achievement. It is through self expression and imagination that an athlete discovers themselves and is able to visualize their path to success. 

"Learning to perform confidentially in-front of an audience will erase any ounce of fear when it comes to athletic performance during competitions. 

"Enhance your athletic performance through performing arts and learn the tools to help you perform more effectively!"


 

Monday, March 15, 2021

Positive effects of drama in reading and comprehension

Research shows drama positively affects reading and comprehension! 

Recent research from South Carolina University reveals the positive effects of drama teaching in the appreciation of reading and understanding of literature in schools.  The following outcomes were discovered:

1. The use of drama pedagogy strategies in the English classroom provides teachers with a way to increase student engagement and make reading an active and visible behaviour.

2. Students become more independent in their reading and rely less upon the teacher for the analysis of the literature. 

3. The students involved in this action research practiced close reading skills that led them to a comprehension level they had not indicated prior to the intervention. 

4. The findings of this study suggest that drama pedagogy was successful in helping students comprehend Shakespeare’s language, improved students’ attitudes toward the reading of Shakespeare, and increased students’ perception of their empathy for others.



Source: https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=6202&context=etd

Monday, February 22, 2021

The crucial role of drama in a child’s mental health  

It is been very clear, and parents will be witness to this, that children’s mental health have been adversely affected the Covid Pandemic.

Drama Kids International, our sister company in the USA recently wrote that: “According to WayAhead -  Mental Health Association, a study was done by The Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) to see if their drama programme impacted the mental health of their participants over the past few decades.

They found of the more than 1,200 people who participated in the survey, 89% reported participating in the drama programme had a positive impact on their self-confidence and 94% of respondents said it had a positive impact on their overall sense of wellbeing. 52% of people – slightly more than half of all respondents – indicated that a drama programme had a positive or very positive impact on their anxiety levels.

These results could be because, in a digital age, theatre provides an environment to personally engage with others and can be a practical way to address serious issues that society is facing such as bullying, friendship, family relationships, etc. According to the report, “One person noted that as a young boy, he suffered from bullying and severe anxiety. ‘ATYP helped bring me out of my shell and nurtured my passion for performing.’”

Theatre can also promote self-confidence and self-expression. Fraser Corfield, the Artistic Director of ATYP states, “We talk about the importance of self-expression and telling your own story and “finding your tribe”, which is a term that youth theatres use over and over, …” and a “tribe” is exactly what children who participate in the performing arts can find. In theatre, you are encouraged to be 100% your authentic self so the friendships and bonds you make are usually incredibly strong and long-lasting.

The most beautiful thing about this connection between mental health and theatre is, “these benefits occur without any conversation around mental health. So there’s part of me that goes ‘we need to keep that because I think the death knell of theatre, and theatre for young people, is that we keep using theatre to try and teach young people about something’,” according to Fraser. The benefits come solely from the students having fun transforming into new characters, creating scenes with friends, or just getting to be silly by moving around the room in creative ways.”

دور الدراما الهام في الصحة النفسية للطفل


لقد كان واضحًا للغاية أن الصحة النفسية للأطفال قد تأثرت سلبًا بسبب وباء كوفيد. 


كتبت شركة دراما الاطفال العالميه ، الشقيقة لنا في الولايات المتحدة مؤخرًا ما يلي: "وفقًا لـمؤسسة الصحة النفسية - واي اهيد" ، تم إجراء دراسة بواسطة المسرح الأسترالي للشباب - ATYP   لمعرفة إذا كان برنامج الدراما الخاص بهم قد أثر على الصحة النفسية للمشاركين على مدى العقود القليلة الماضية.


ووجدوا أنه من بين أكثر من ١٢٠٠ شخص شاركوا في البحث  ٨٩٪ من المشاركين اتفقوا علي ان البرنامج الدرامي كان له تأثير إيجابي على ثقتهم بأنفسهم ، وقال ٩٤٪ من المشاركين في البحث إنه كان له تأثير إيجابي على صحتهم العامة. أشار ٥٢٪ من المشاركين أن البرنامج الدرامي كان له تأثير  إيجابي للغاية على معدل القلق لديهم. 

 

قد تكون هذه النتائج لأن المسرح ، في العصر الرقمي ، يوفر بيئة للتفاعل شخصيًا مع الآخرين ويمكن أن يكون طريقة عملية لمعالجة القضايا الخطيرة التي يواجهها المجتمع مثل :التنمر والصداقة والعلاقات الأسرية وما إلى ذلك. وفقًا للتقرير ، "لاحظ أحدهم أنه عندما كان صبيا واجه التنمر و كان يمر بالقلق الشديد. "و قد ساعدت ATYP- (المسرح الأسترالي للشباب)،  في إخراجي من قوقعتي وعززت شغفي بالأداء المسرحي."


يمكن للمسرح أيضًا أن يعزز الثقة بالنفس والتعبير عن الذات. يقول فريزر كورفيلد ، المدير الفني لـ ATYP - (المسرح الأسترالي للشباب) ،  "نتحدث عن أهمية التعبير عن الذات ورواية قصتك الخاصة و" العثور على مجموعتك الخاصة"، وهو مصطلح تستخدمه دور السينما الشبابية مرارًا وتكرارًا ، ..." "هو بالضبط ما يمكن أن يجده الأطفال الذين يشاركون في الفنون المسرحية. في المسرح ، نشجعك على أن تكون ١٠٠٪ على طبيعتك الحقيقية ، لذا فإن الصداقات والروابط التي تقيمها عادة ما تكون قوية بشكل لا يصدق وتدوم طويلاً


أجمل ما في هذا الارتباط بين الصحة النفسية والمسرح هو أن "هذه الفوائد تحدث دون أي محادثة حول الصحة النفسية. قال فريزر "نحن بحاجة للاحتفاظ بذلك لأنني أعتقد أن أهمية دقات جرس المسرح والمسرح للشباب ، هو أننا نستمر في استخدام المسرح لمحاولة تعليم الشباب عن شيء ما" تأتي الفوائد من استمتاع الطلاب بالتحول إلى شخصيات جديدة ، أو إنشاء مشاهد مع الأصدقاء ، أو  أن تكون مهرجآ و مرحآ  و على طبيعتك دون خجل من خلال الحركة في جميع أنحاء الغرفة بطرق إبداعية ".





Sources:

DramaKids International, https://dramakids.com/blog/theatres-impact-on-mental-health-how-theatre-can-help-without-you-knowing/

WayAhead Mental Health Association NSW: https://wayahead.org.au/youth-mental-health-takes-a-bow-the-impact-of-theatre/

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The importance of developmental drama during the pandemic


Helen O'Grady is committed to continue development, communication and social skills of all students! 

During times such as now, we find it vital for all students to continue their development, communication and social skills, while providing them a safe learning environment. Sanitising and social distancing have been integrated into the curriculum and we follow strict guidelines to keep everyone safe. Lessons are running for 60 minutes, one time per week. 

The academy uses a unique performing arts curriculum to develop ongoing confidence, self-esteem, communication and social skills. We praise individuality and creative thinking and with enthusiastic, energetic and positive teaching approach we let every student shine and find their true potential. 

The lessons include dramatic play, speech training, creative movement, scene starters, dialogue development and improvisations. The program helps develop important life skills such as Critical thinking, Teamwork, thinking out of box, problem solving, sequencing & memory skills and vocalizing thoughts and emotions. This is all done in a fun, stimulating way. 

Now more than ever, students need to interact and communicate!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The benefits of drama in education are indisputable!

Our students and teachers shine bright! 
The second semester has started and all classes are back in full action!
The Helen O'Grady edudrama classes started 1979, when and actress and education specialist Helen O'Grady saw the huge need to develop children's and adult's confidence and communication. She realized the only key to success in life is to be spontaneous and expressive speaker. Helen O'Grady created an amazing creative programme, using performing arts, to bring out the innate ability of all students joining. The academy has now become the largest international drama school worldwide promoting self-expression, a commitment to learning and positive behavior. 

Some of the main benefits of our program include: 
Encourage self- expression in the form of idea sharing and confidence building
Increase a commitment to learning and leadership
Teaches problem solving, decision making, building self-esteem and self-discipline and acquire skills in cooperation and group problem solving.
Help participants become more comfortable working with others
Boost Positive self- expression and participation in leadership roles


Join us and become the best version of yourself!
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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Term 2 Ends With a Parents Blast!


With Term 2 ending, the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy held Parent Days across Cairo! Involving the parents of our students is vital as the academic year moves along. With the aim of developing our students' confidence, self-esteem, performance & speaking skills, the involvement of parents in our classrooms is a massive catalyst to achieving that. 

All year, our teachers work with our students to develop a free-play zone where our students could feel comfortable to express themselves without pressure or limitations, as long the rules of the class are followed. This time of year, the students start to feel ready to have an audience attend classes. A presentation showing off the speaking skills, body awareness, improved confidence, and overall fun that the students have in class is given. Having the parents as an audience to watch a small performance is vital as Term 3 approaches. 

In Term 3, our classes start to rehearse for a play made suitable for the specific age groups with the emphasis of continuing our aims of developing the personality of our beloved students. Of course, the performance element of the play is given attention and we strive to show off the acting of our students, but our main goal is more about the improvement of the student during the course of child's time with the academy.     

Having a child leave our classes feeling accomplished and comfortable in their own skin is a massive honour as the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy will forever be committed to the betterment of our students. 

To sign up for Term 3, or to contact the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy for more information:

Sunday, January 29, 2017


TERM 2 IS BLOSSOMING WITH POSITIVITY!

As Term 2 continues, the atmosphere in our classes is one of excitement and happiness. It's that time of year where positive comfortability has reached a maximum level between teachers and students in all of our classes. As Parents Day approaches, preparations have been made for our wonderful students to showcase their  fantastic development. This step in their development is vital as we will ask our beloved students to perform for the first time in front of an audience this year. This will be huge, especially that after the term, the classes will be getting ready for the big stage.


The Goal of Expression 

The importance of expression amongst our students continues this term, as Teachers and Students work to create a free play-space. Our Drama classes ask our students to find a balance between reality and fiction. Through imagination and creativity, skills needed in every day life start to develop. Skills, such as, confidence, communication skills, critical thinking, the ability to analyse as well as many others can be taken in any field of life to strengthen a personality towards success. Having a voice is a massive step of accomplishment that will ultimately lead to many other accomplishments later on in our students' lives.