Our main goal is that every student comes away from their ITA experiences having learnt new skills upon which they will continue to build for the rest of their lives. An ITA course can help students discover more of their own potential, be that directly related to stagecraft or otherwise. Enrolling their children in our activity is a means for parents to invest in skills which will serve them throughout their lives!
ITA focuses on building students’ self-esteem, self-expression and confidence. Theatre is an incredible tool for self-development in children and teens, and a means to overcome the inherent fear of expressing one’s’ own ideas and opinions. We aim that by the end of the third term on our courses even the most timid of students will perform confidently and happily to their peers and parents.
We develop a sense of teamwork in our workshops through playing specifically designed Interacting games. The entire creative process of production thrives on strong teamwork hence why our courses focus towards a final performance in the third academic term. ITA students work in teams on design elements (costume team, make up team etc.) and also learn to be supportive of one another in the run up to performance: rehearsing lines and scenes together.
The world is a complicated place and there’s lots of division between people. The Performing Arts tends to unify people in a way nothing else does
Leadership and Public Speaking
Leadership skills are highly valued. We aim that during the first term of their ITA course all students have a chance to lead an activity or game at some stage, explaining the rules to the rest of their peers and kicking off the exercise. This helps to develop confidence and self belief for many students who are unused to taking charge.
An ITA course lays the foundations of public speaking skills which are invaluable in both school and work environments.
Leadership and teamwork unite when students are appointed as Heads of Design in the run up to production. Those appointed are responsible for leading their group of designers, reminding them of show deadlines and forming the point of contact between ITA facilitators and the technical team.
A natural outcome of our ITA sessions is that students overcome obstacles and face new challenges. Improvisation, singing, dancing and even just standing on a stage in itself… theatre can appear a world of daunting challenges to young students, but we create the supportive environment in which they can relish these challenges instead of fearing them.
Last but certainly not least, ITA should be a positive social experience for its students. They learn the importance of peer support and have opportunity to make new friends and mix with children from other year groups. Our sessions have students making new friends and sharing a common love of performance within minutes of starting out!
A natural outcome of our ITA course is an improved understanding and use of the English language, whether it is the students’ second language or already their mother tongue. As theatre has the power to connect head to heart, children begin to speak the language naturally without as much restriction as you would find in a classroom context.
Our theatre sessions focus on oral communication; we develop students’ linguistic skills and build their confidence in English expression. Better pronunciation and articulation at the end of our course is guaranteed.
*Language competencies are discussed in depth with our schools so ITA can offer the best possible course for our students.
Theatre has the power to encourage reading and the studying of text. A play has the ability to jump an exciting story off the page and bring it to life. For reluctant readers this can be a motivational tool as well as a revelation for studious children.
As my daughter is dyslexic she has always struggled with reading and has never finished a book on her own. However with Bugsy Malone she read the play from cover to cover several times. Amazing!
Mother of Junior ITA student, June 2014