The Art Drama 2019 Summer Camp

About education, French thinker Rousseau has come up with two educational concepts: “Learning in practice” and “To learn in the practice of drama.” The essence of Drama Education is education by means of drama and performance. This helps children to grow up and improve their personality. Drama education is not only for children. Now, not just schools, but educators, business, psychological therapy are using drama education. The core of drama education is a kind of practice, an experience, and a life experience.

Cooperating with TheArt Drama centre, a well-known children's English Drama education institution in China, the summer camp is offered by Shattuck-St. Mary's Forest City International School. TheArt Drama works exclusively with University of Warwick professor Joe Winston to develop Drama education and language programmes for Chinese children, as well as teacher training. The center currently offers drama and English classes and drama and literature classes.

We can improve children's language ability, expression ability and imagination through English fairy tale drama, and in turn improve children's self-confidence, public image and eloquence through performance, eliminating tension and formality. Through presenting the characters and the plot, and exploring the human experience with empathy, we can lead students toward the first step of personal growth.

Camp capacity:
15 persons
Suitable age:
7-11 years old
9am to 5pm over 5 days
Course dates:
24 - 28 June
1 - 5 July
8 - 12 July
15 - 19 July
  • The most professional drama education institution and good reputation of international schools in Malaysia;
  • Led by professional drama education practitioners and directors;
  • Rehearsal and performance of Shakespeare classics in five days;
  • Basic understanding of performance techniques, vocal methods and presentation skills, and a complete wonderful stage show;
  • Making props, sets, costumes and posters by yourself
  • Improve English expression, imagination, expressiveness, self-confidence, collaboration and enthusiasm for life.

The introductions of teachers

Liz Ding

Liz gained her master’s degree from The University of Warwick with distinction focusing on Drama Education and English Language Teaching. She has been a drama practitioner and teacher trainer in the areas of language acquisition and moral education through drama. She has wrote and directed plays for children from various age groups, plays include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol; and performed in plays such as Boarding House, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. She is also a book translator, and her published work include Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean; A History of Children's Books in 100 Books.


Cleo Wang

Dr Cleo Xiaodi Wang is an independent researcher and drama teacher. She studied at Warwick University, received her PhD in Arts Education in 2016. Now she is working as a teaching director in THEART Beijing. Her research interest is the use of drama pedagogy in literary education and creative writing.


Laurel Burns

Laurel Burns comes from San Diego, California, USA and has been working in professional theatre since 2009. She studied speech and drama at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, and has also studied with professional theatre companies such the Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse and Southwest Shakespeare Company. Laurel has performed in a wide variety of musicals and plays, including Thoroughly Modern Millie, Our Town, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and many more. She has plenty of back stage experience as well, working for 3 years as a professional stage manager in California. Laurel is passionate about introducing children to theatre and drama, improving their confidence and communication. She has been a theatre educator since 2009, and specializes in musical theatre and Shakespeare. Her teaching philosophy is all about inclusivity and collaboration.


Rita Shang

Rita has been working in the field of English drama for over 5 years with young learners. She has received systematic training on drama pedagogy from Helen O’ Grady Drama Academy. She is proficient in teaching techniques and communication with children. She has also co-directed quite a few children’s plays, including Deep Blue Sea, The Ants and the Grasshopper.

Stage 1:

Listen to the story and enhance the comprehension of classic works

  • Appreciation of classic plays
  • Understand the story, music and dance style of the play through interactive and practical experience
  • Learn the contents, dances and lines of classic texts

Stage 2:

A concept of virtues, guide the children self discovery and expression

  • Enter the real situation of rehearsals, and divide them into different groups according to their abilities for cross-teaching
  • Put forward the concept of virtue to stimulate children's positive awareness
  • Learn body language, and expressive skills
  • Encourage children to express themselves bravely and confidently through imagination, painting, music and other elements

Stage 3:

Creating theatrical props

  • use your imagination and choose the characters you want to interpret
  • through explanation, research and imagination, design and make props and costumes by hand
  • enter a detailed rehearsal mode for ultimate creativity and expression training

Stage 4:

Transformation and growth

  • create self-made scripts, perform in groups and present individually
  • Observe and express virtues throughout the daily learning process, so that children can grow up more attentively
  • In the last stage of rehearsal, keep improving for the performance

Stage 5:

Let yourself shine

  • Invite parents, relatives and friends to watch, be proud of yourself, and finally present the performance in front of parents to show the results of workshop.


Thomas Heywood, a poet and writer who is contemporary with Shakespeare, commented on Shakespeare's comedy――“All comedies started with trouble and ended with joy”. A Midsummer Night's Dream did follow such a comedy equation.

In ancient Athens, young Hermia and Lysander fell in love with each other, but Hermia's father forced her to marry Demetrius. According to the Greek rules at that time, families may decide the daughter's marriage, and the daughter must abide, otherwise she will “either die the death or abjure for ever the society of men”. Therefore, Hermia and Lysander decided to elope by escaping through the forest at night where a farce takes place.

In the forest, a group of mechanics at the bottom of the society intend to rehearse the "most sad comedy in history" for the Duke and Duchess. Hermia’s best friend Helena loved Demetrius, so she told Demetrius the whereabouts of Hermia and Lysander, and came to the forest with him; There in the forest lived elves and their bad-tempered king and queen. In order to avenge Titania, Oberon, king of the fairies, ordered his henchman Puck to fetch the magic flower of love, and started a series of confusion and commotion. The low-ranking tailor, Nick Bottom, became the favorite donkey of the queen, and the lovers spurned each other because of the magic of flower juice. All the four worlds lost order.

What participants will learn

Sir Philip Sidney says, “The comedy simulates the bad common habits in life. In the play, the playwrights are extremely ironic and ridiculous, so no reader or audience wants to be any fool in the play.” Through the drama teaching method, we lead the children to explore and experience the characters’ behaviors, thoughts, emotions and logic in A Midsummer Night's Dream, taste the use of poetic language and non-poetry language, and the intention of the writer. We hope that in such a time and space different from everyday life and daily conversation, children can:

  • Think about the requirements of the society and law of Athens for girls from the perspective of Hermia;
  • Perceive and reflect on the dreamy and ethereal juvenile emotions from the love and hate of four young men and women;
  • Become a creator of mischief and feel the power of magic;
  • Experience a farce, a comedy and enjoy it, but choose “not to be any idiot in the play”;
  • Comment like the mischievous spirit Puck at the end of the program

— “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

Program Agenda

  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
9:00 - 10:30 - Ice-breaking and warm up activities;
- Get to know the story through exploratory drama activities.
- Warm up and speech exercise;
Review Act 1;
Shared reading- Act 2
- Warm up and speech exercise;
- Review Act 1 and 2;
- Warm up and speech exercise’
- Shared reading
- Act 4 and 5.
- Warm up and speech exercise
- Run through
10:30 - 10:40
10 Minute Snack Break
10:40 - 12:10 - Study Pentameter and understand Shakespearean language style;
- Main character analysis and their relationships to other characters
- Casting
- Rehearsal of Act 2 - Shared reading- Act 3;
- Rehearsal Act 3
- Rehearsal of Act 4. - Dress rehearsal
12:10 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00 - Warm up and speech exercise;
- Shared reading Act 1
- Rehearsal of Act 1
- Run through Act 1 and Act 2 - Rehearsal of Act 3 - Rehearsal of Act 5 - Make up
- Dress rehearsal
15:00 - 15:30
30 Minute Snack Break
15:30 - 17:00 - Rehearsal of Act 1;
- Costume and prop making.
- Lines practice;
- Costume and prop making.
- Run through Act 2 and Act 3;
- Costume and prop making.
- Run through of Act 4 and 5 - 16:00:Performance

Parent/Guardian Information


Student Information


Payment Details

Fee: 10,800 RMB/person
Deadline for registration: 20 June 2019

Payment Methods

By Alipay or WeChat:

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Bank Transfer:

Name: Yu Bohui
Account number: 4310 3180 6888
Bank: HSBC Hong Kong
Bank Address: No.1 Queens Road, Central, Hong Kong
Please leave the student’s full name as transfer notes

*This price includes course price, teaching materials cost, teachers' teaching cost, props cost, lunch, snacks and insurance cost.
[Transportation (air ticket), accommodation, travel tickets and shopping fees are not included in the camp fee.]


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