Support Information for Teachers

Why have a Drama program at school?

Drama improves academic performance

  • reading comprehension and proficiency
  • specifically improving achievement in STEM
  • verbal skills
  • higher order thinking skills and capacities
  • learning differences
  • outperform non-arts students

Drama improves school attendance

  • participation in learning
  • achievement gaps
  • motivation
  • outcomes for at-risk students

Drama improves wellbeing

  • self-esteem
  • sense of self
  • confidence
  • social skills
  • tolerance of others
  • attitude

Drama provides pathways

  • further tertiary study
  • the making of art
  • direct employment in the arts
  • employment in allied industries
  • education and teaching
  • the enjoyment and enrichment of theatre and performing arts
  • socialise and share
  • lifelong wellness
  • communities of practice

Drama develops 20th century employment skills

  • creativity
  • collaboration
  • problem-solving
  • critical thinking
  • imagination
  • communication
  • agility
  • empathy

Drama pervades our world

  • it is a widely valued art form
  • a right of the child to play and engage in the arts by UN Convention
  • significant within many cultural practices
  • intrinsic to film, television, radio, streamed entertainment and games
  • used in marketing, advertising and business narratives
  • the arts contribute $14.7 billion to Australia’s value added (GDP)
  • supports many allied industries

Drama is a complelling art form

  • acting and theatre design encompass many forms, styles and technologies
  • has a broad and rich history
  • speaks to a multiplicity of audiences
  • tells traditional and novel stories
  • questions and interprets life
  • provides the opportunity to create in visible, material form


Why Teach Drama?


Evidence & Research

Why is a STEAM curriculum perspective crucial to the 21st century?

The Role of Arts Participation in Students' Academic and Nonacademic Outcomes: A Longitudinal Study of School, Home, and Community Factors

Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development

Drama Australia Advocacy

Drama Australia Guidelines

National Association for Arts Education - Evidence & Research

American Alliance for Theatre Eduction - The Effects of Theatre Education

Australia Council for the Arts - Arts Nation: An Overview of Australian Arts

The Australia Institute - Background Brief: Economic Importance of the Arts and Entertainment Sector 

Introduction to Communities of Practice

A Simplified Version of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 

National Advocates for Arts Education ((NAAE) Submission to the Inquiry into innovation and creativity: workforce for the new economy, January 2017 (Anderson, M. (2016, October 14). Creativity as the innovation literacy. Keynote speech at Australian Curriculum Studies Association conference, STEM, STEAM or HASS?)

ACER, The Arts and Australian Education: Realising potential

Creating Our Future: Results of the National Arts Participation Survey, Australia Council for the Arts, August 2020