using drama as a teaching tool

Kim bey, Ph.D.

October 28, 2008

Video Segments

  1. What is drama?
  2. Can drama facilitate learning?
  3. How can teachers use dramatic strategies in the classroom?
  4. How can students use drama to present ideas?
  5. How can teachers encourage students to try drama?
  6. What resources can teachers use to infuse drama in their courses?



In this video, Assistant Professor of Acting and Voice, Dr. Kim Bey, argues that drama is not just for the stage and screen.  It can play an important role in the classroom—regardless of the level or discipline.  Citing the value of integrating all arts in education, Dr. Bey explains how drama, in particular, helps students learn in multiple ways—visual, aural, tactile, and kinesthetic.  Through a group exercise and classroom examples, she demonstrates how faculty can use dramatic tools such as point of view, diction, monologue, role-playing, and body language to engage students in learning a subject.  Likewise, she points out how faculty can use performance-based assessments to evaluate that learning.