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Gemeinschaftszentrum Riesbach (Zürich).
* Information about me & my drama courses.

DramArT - summer morning camp!
What is a DramArT morning camp?
I know many parents still have to work in July and the children would like to do something special during their summer holiday. I am looking forward to do a DramArT project with a group of children between 6-12 years old.

DramArT means Drama & Art Together. For example one of the things we are going to do is make a mask of plaster. And of course we are going to use that mask for a drama activity. A couple of other things we are going to do are 'a shadow play' and 'a dance with dramatic characters'. Of course we
will also focus on other drama techniques. We will come up with our own character and dialogue, all together with our self made attributes. There will be a small presentation for parents/ families on Friday at 12:30.

Further information about the course:                                 
If you are interested in this morning camp that is held five mornings (9:00 - 13:00) in the week of 16th July please send me an email before the first of June.

To participate you have to fill in a form (I will email this) and the payment must be done before the first of July '07. Cancellations are acceptable until two weeks before the start of the camp. Otherwise a refund is not possible.

All course (Art) material as well as snacks (fruit, snacks and beverages) are included in the course fees. Lunch must be brought by the participants. Please bring an old t-shirt, and old towel and wash clouth on the first day. Insurance is the responsibility of the participants.

Summer morning camp DramArT for English speaking children between 6-12 years old.

July 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20 (2007).

09:00 - 13:00, 5 mornings.

Gemeinschaftszentrum Riesbach
Seefeldstrasse 93, 8008 Zürich


drama JoëlleCost:
250,- chf.

Email me
with all your questions!

Drama course in Zürich & Ustern!
Gemeinschaftszentrum Riesbach

Seefeldstrasse 93, 8008 Zürich

Take Tram 2, 4 or Bus 33. Get off at Höschgasse stop.
GZ Riesbach is less than 50 metres walk from this stop.


A drama class where boys and girls can learn different aspects of theater. Express yourself without laughing and learn how to become someone else for a moment. Discover what you can do with music, attributes and different moods. The children will learn different drama techniques. Sometimes they will use text, sometimes they don't. Most important is to enjoy ourselves and work together.

6 Thursdays:
22-3, 29-3, 19-4, 10-5, 31-5, 7-6

17:00 - 18:10

Email me if you are interested in a drama course after the summer holiday's!
Winterthurerstrasse 18, 8610 Uster
043 305 92 50


This course is for children between 4 and 7 years old. They use their imagination and think of how they can play someone or something else. They act on music and learn all kinds of drama techniques. Feeling free enough to express themselves is important. While playing they will work together on little projects.

The course will be held on 10 Friday's.
Starting May 11. New children are still welcome!

16:00 - 17:00


Email me if you are interested or if you have more questions.
Christmas 2006                            
Joëlle Meijer
-drama teacher;
-primary school Montessori teacher;

32 years old
079-67 231 68

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Here I get flowers after a show.

Information about the drama teacher Joëlle!

First I would like to introduce myself to you, by telling you how it all started...

During my study Art Education in Holland I started a drama course. At that time I was 22. The children and parents were very enthousiastic. The organisation
asked me to work for them. And that was the beginning. I finished my study and worked as a drama teacher.


I give drama lessons to children between 5 and 15 years old, in different groups.

Younger children (5-7)
I tell them little stories, that we then play out together. We also do drama games and drama without words (mime) is also very popular. For example, they all play a flower and one child walks in the room with a made up watering-can. Every time a flower does not get enough water, the flower will slowley go down. When a flower gets water, it will go up again. Without them knowing they will learn the basics of drama. But more important, they learn to work together and to solve problems. The creative proces is a very magic thing that becomes visible to parents when they are watching their children at the presentation.

Older children (8-12)
I let them devise their own stories, usually guided by a theme or a new drama technique that I introduce. They get to work in small groups, and show their results to each other. I also learn them to give feedback to each other. I like to vary the drama lessons with all kinds of drama. Not only traditional drama (playing a story), but also playing with music, mime and other abstract drama activities. For example, the children make a mime play by a part of music. Another example: I let them get experience in making a story that has a happy end and an unhappy end.

Oldest children (11-15)
With the older children I make bigger presentations, like Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream". Those children like to have more influence over their presentation. For example by making their own backgrounds and costumes. The older children are also able to learn more text for a presentation. Usually, I prefer to make a script myself where they can fill in any role they like to play. Together we work out the details. The result becomes theirs.

After a year other organisations, in other cities nearby, asked me to give drama classes at their location. So I worked in Driebergen, Maarn, Hilversum, Blaricum and Huizen and did other projects in different cities.

After being a drama teacher for six years, I became a primary school teacher. But I still gave drama lessons as an after school activity. I also directed the musicals given by the oldest children to their family. I also did numerous drama workshops at weddings and art festivals.


The children learn new
drama techniques, for example:

  • Role play is the basis of all dramatic activity. The ability to suspend disbelief by stepping into another character's shoes comes quite naturally to most children. Through the structure of the drama lesson this can be used to great effect, challenging children to develop a more sensitive understanding of a variety of viewpoints whilst sharpening their language and movement skills. By adopting a role, children can step into the past or future and travel to any location, dealing with issues on moral and intellectual levels.
  • With freeze-frame, the action in a play or scene is frozen, as in a photograph or video frame. Still images, on the other hand, require individuals or groups to invent shapes or postures. Groups can be asked to tell a story through a series of prepared still-images. The still images can also be brought to life through improvisation.
  • With flashbacks performers in a scene are asked to improvise scenes or incidents which take place seconds, minutes, days or years before or after a dramatic moment. This enables the exploration of characters' backgrounds, motivations and the consequences of their actions. The technique can be combined with image theatre or still images.
  • With hot seating a character is questioned by the group about his or her background, behaviour and motivation. The method may be used for developing a role in the drama lesson or rehearsals, or analysing a play post-performance. Even done without preparation, it is an excellent way of fleshing out a character. Characters may be hot-seated individually, in pairs or small groups. The technique is additionally useful for developing questioning skills with the rest of the group.
Drama games are also part of every lesson, for example:
  • A great exercise for encouraging group sensitivity. Everybody finds a space in the room. On a given signal, everyone starts walking, using all the space in the room. On a second signal, everybody stops. Now, that was easy. This time, without talking, everybody must decide to start walking at the same time - and then to stop as a group at the same time. This obviously will require some practice! With sensitivity, it can be done. It is worth spending time on.
  • In small groups. The name of an object is called out and the group has to make the shape of that object out of their own body shapes, while the leader counts down slowly from ten to zero. Usually every group will find a different way of forming the object. Examples could be: a car, a ship, a washing machine, a fire, a clock - anything you like.
    You could choose objects from a play you are rehearsing or a theme you are exploring. Groups can also be given a few minutes to devise two objects of their own which the rest of the class try to guess.
  • Stand in a circle. The first person (A) starts miming an activity, such as eating an apple. The person to their left (B) says "What are you doing?". A keeps miming and at the same time says the name of a different activity. For example, if A was miming eating an apple, they could say "playing the piano". B then starts playing a piano. A stops their mime. Now the third person (C) asks B , "What are you doing?". B keeps playing the piano and names a different activity, which C must mime. And so it goes on..
  • In pairs, create two frozen images where one partner has a higher status than the other. In the first, the gap between each status should be exaggerated. In the second, it should be more subtle, but still visible. Show some examples and ask members of the group to guess which partner has the higher status, indicating ways in which posture and facial expressions are used by high and low status characters.
Of course there are a lot more drama techniques & drama games!          
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