The Teachers’ Academy operates as part of the Theatre in the New School initiative under the EU’s 2014-2020 National Strategic Reference Framework. It is a one-year teacher training course focusing on theatre in education in the regions of Attica, Central Greece and the Southern Aegean, the Ionian Islands, Western Greece, the Peloponnese, Crete, and the Northern Aegean.
In 2020-2021, the educational community was trapped within the confines of a computer screen. This was a challenge for the Teachers’ Academy, but the results exceeded expectations. We found that it is sometimes possible for difficulty to become inspiration, for limitations to give rise to freedoms, and for distance, however great, to be eliminated. Teachers from Kalymnos to Lamia, from Rhodes to Corfu, and from Attica to Crete, were thus able to meet, to develop, and to use the benefits of this experience to sow the seeds of the theatrical process in their own schools.
Opening of applications for the 2021-22 Teachers’ Academy!
A bigger and better Teacher Training Academy. In this second year it aims to inspire, train and support more teachers from the regions of Attica, Central Greece and the Southern Aegean, the Ionian Islands, Western Greece, the Peloponnese, Crete, and the Northern Aegean, with live meetings at the National Theatre of Greece. Our general aim is to respond to the needs of teachers for more in-depth theatre education and training focussing on specific theatrical techniques as well as on the most effective handling of groups of adolescents.
More specifically, this year, we will explore the tools you and your groups need to be able to create events dreamed up by children. We will focus on:
- the principles of devised theatre
- teamwork and how it is combined with the handling of adolescent groups
- theatrical aesthetics and how they lead to sound artistic results.
It is a demanding creative process in which the teacher makes artistic and strategic decisions with the active involvement of students at all stages.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to interact with colleagues and theatre professionals who share a vision of the role of theatre in education, in a safe creative environment that will allow you to develop beyond the field with which you are already familiar.
Finally, you will have the opportunity to work directly with the facilitators of the initiative and receive on-the-spot supervision from them.
In order to take part in the Academy, you must have some previous experience in theatre in education and coordinate a theatre group at your school this year, so that you can make practical use both of the theoretical training and practice, as well as the on-site supervision offered by the Academy.