Theatre in Education

Our programs are modelled on the practice of Theatre in Education (TIE), supporting cyber safety education, anti bullying and social and emotional learning through live productions for schools. 

What are the Benefits of Theatre in Education?

Theatre is the ultimate immersive art form, targeting every sense simultaneously.
Children, like adults, generally have different learning strengths.

There are four commonly identified learning styles:

Visual (spatial)

A preference for images, gestures and spatial learning.

Aural (auditory-musical)

A preference for learning through music and song.

Verbal (linguistic)

A preference for learning through words and voice.

Physical (kinesthetic)

A preference for learning through body movement and touch.

Although we may use all learning styles in combination, most of us have a preference for one style over others. Theatre in education, then, can carry a message and leave a strong imprint on such vast audiences simply because it does utilise all four learning styles.  In this way, educational theatre can have a profound effect when a familiar bullying scenario is being played out on stage, with clear solutions, which students can use in their own lives.

Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play.

Philip Pullman, children’s author and winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

The Benefits of Theatre in Education

Theatre in Education allows students to observe bullying scenarios in a supportive, controlled environment. They can experience the emotions of the characters using empathy, while maintaining a sense of safety. They can witness a range of possible strategies being played out and use critical thinking to evaluate the effectiveness of these strategies. The Theatre in Education experience allows students to see and feel how their behaviour affects others and learn alternative behaviours or seek help. Students are also provided with insights into why people may engage in bullying behaviour, increasing empathy, perspective-taking and a supportive school climate.

Emotional intelligence

Theatre in Education helps teach emotional intelligence, and research has revealed that the “overwhelming majority of students demonstrate enjoyment and enthusiasm through watching educational theatre, are receptive and listen attentively, and can correctly identify the educational messages being portrayed”[1]. Theatre in Education can also be used for teaching students self regulation skills and social skills, demonstrating how these skills can be applied in different situations. 

Brainstorm Productions’ performers present carefully composed scenes that provide clear messages, whilst engaging the audience using emotive stories and humour

Our Theatre in Education Methodology​

Brainstorm Productions co-founder, Jenny Johnson, has more than 35 years’ experience delivering theatre in education and has a background in both school and University teaching. Jenny developed Brainstorm Productions’ educational theatre methodology and uses professional actors to deliver the programs. All programs are written in consultation with psychologists and all actors are trained and supervised by qualified teachers and theatre specialists, to ensure that the complex issues of bullying are approached sensitively

The power of Theatre in Education and Brainstorm’s productions for schools, as an innovative approach to bullyingstudent wellbeing and cyber safety education can be gauged by the enthusiastic participation of schools. In 2019, Brainstorm Productions performed to over 360,000 Australian students. 

[1] Source: Waters, S., Monks, H., Ayres, J., & Thomson, S. (2012). The use of theatre in education (TIE): A review of the evidence. Prepared by Child Health Promotion Research Centre, Edith Cowan University, for the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation. 

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