Building Empathy through Drama with Children

Dr Catherine Martin · August 25, 2021

Harness the power and joy of drama to help your students develop empathy through rich, embodied and memorable experiences.

As well as empathy, drama for children is known to enhance confidence, communication, creative thinking skills and self-awareness.

This course is designed to give you a range of hands-on drama teaching strategies and engaging activities to implement in the classroom. No prior experience with drama is necessary. In the course, you’ll build your understanding of drama techniques and learn ways to facilitate effective drama experiences with children, including: 

  • ‘Stepping into someone else’s shoes’ – experimenting with character
  • Exploring the world & diversity through drama
  • Improvisation and role play
  • Process drama techniques
  • Making connections with literature through drama
  • Creating an inclusive and supportive environment for drama

 The course is aligned with the NESA K-6 Creative Arts syllabus (2006), and also makes links to the Australia Curriculum for Drama (2015, Foundation-Year 6).

About Instructor

Dr Catherine Martin

Catherine (Cat) has worked extensively in theatre, television and in tertiary education as a director, writer, actor and teacher. Cat holds a PhD in Linguistics and teaches courses in Drama, Linguistics, & also Literacy at Macquarie University and at ACU. She has been a drama teacher, writer and director with Marian St Theatre for Young People for over 15 years.

As an actor, she has performed in Sydney with Sport for Jove, Shakespeare on the Green, Apocalypse Theatre, Harlos, and Bakehouse Theatre. She has also performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2010) and the Adelaide Fringe (2011). Television and short film credits include Home and Away, Sunday Night, Tricky Business, Review with Myles Barlow, Wakefield, and Best Enemies.

Cat was the script producer for the internationally-acclaimed children’s television show, Hi-5, for 8 seasons. She has written 7 stage shows for Hi-5, including the Helpmann award-nominated Space Magic, and she wrote and co-directed the recent international stage show, Hi-5 Supers.

Cat has also written and directed shows for the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Starlite Foundation and for several fund-raising performances. For ABC Enterprises, she has directed and produced a number of audio titles.

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Course Includes

  • Course Certificate

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