Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Busy, busy, busy. Right now, student corrections beckon, so I thought I’d throw up a quick post, instead 🙂
In my most recent post, I talked about developing and nurturing the right culture in the Drama classroom and now I wish to blog about leadership.
When I arrived at my current school seven years ago, I inherited a bunch of student Drama captains. This is how the structure works:
- Year 7 Drama Captain (Semester 2 only)
- Year 8 Drama Captain (who also covers Year 7 for Semester 1)
- Year 9 Drama Captain
- Year 10 Drama Captain
- Year 11 Drama Captain
- Year 12 Drama Vice Captain
- Year 12 Drama Captain
Linking with my previous post, if the culture in the school or Drama Department is right, being voted a Drama Captain (or Prefect) at your respective year level should be a prestigious and sought-after position. If it works, the system goes beyond students merely voting for the most popular student or the lead in the high school play etc., but rather for the most capable candidate.
If your school already has an established leadership system, having Drama Captains should merely be a process of adding them to the structure that already exists. But keep in mind approval for this may take several months in the school year prior.
Drama Captains should ease many of the everyday burdens for Drama teaching staff, particularly in the area of co-curricular activities so common to Drama Departments such as musicals, plays, Drama nights etc. This also applies to daytime any day-time activities run by the Drama Department in your school.
Drama Captains can assist with auditions, rehearsals, directing, run Drama clubs, promote the subject or shows among the student body, run set and prop painting sessions … basically anything but making you coffees during the day (although you could always arrange that, too!).
Here’s the list of Drama Captain responsibilities at my school:
- encourage and support students who take initiatives with regard to Drama
- be involved with a committee of Drama Captains at all year levels in the school that should meet on a regular basis
- assist backstage and front of house for all school productions
- organise in-house school Drama activities and festivals etc
- assist in the publicity of all school Drama events
- taking responsibility for finding and looking after props and costumes
- encourage student participation in the building and painting of sets
- assist in the organisation of Junior Drama Club
- attend Leaders Day seminars
- model appropriate standards of uniform and behaviour for the year level
Having a leadership team of Drama Captains can help operations run smoothly, promote the subject and allow students to take responsibility for various activities throughout the year.