What does a drama teacher do?
Drama teachers educate students on all the aspects of theatre production in private and public elementary, middle, high, and postsecondary classrooms. They teach subjects such as acting, costuming, set design, and directing. They also play a vital role in promoting social development and self-expression of their students. They prepare students to become involved in a variety of dramatic performances throughout their school years and as adults. Drama teachers help students develop excellent creativity, discipline, and teamwork skills to prepare them for a meaningful life.
Drama teachers create and plan lesson plans related to the concepts of drama and often evaluate students’ progress through observing short performances. They plan a variety of activities and exercises to help students become comfortable with performing on stage and understanding the core concepts of drama.
What kind of training does a drama teacher need?
Drama teachers typically need at least a bachelor degree and many have master degrees. The most common degree for drama teachers is the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theatre Arts Education. Most students who gain a drama teacher degree become certified to teach students in middle and high school and some become certified to teach kindergarten through grade 12. Drama teacher education programs focus on concepts of theatre and state teacher certification requirements. Drama teachers typically learn about the fundamentals of acting, theatre production, techniques of teaching secondary school theatre, stage management, directing, and theatre history. All states require public school drama teachers to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by level of education.
What are the prospects for a career as a drama teacher?
Employment of all self-enrichment education teachers is projected to grow much faster than average for all professions, increasing 23% from 2006 to 2016 (1). Job growth will be driven by the expansion of educational opportunities and as more people recognize the importance of drama education.
Job prospects are expected to be favorable especially for drama teachers with advanced education and extensive experience. Job openings will also stem from the need to replace drama teachers who retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.
How much do drama teachers make?
As of October 2009, the average annual salary for drama teachers is $47,000; average annual salaries vary among location, degree, position, and benefits (2).
A career as a drama teacher is a great choice for people who have a strong passion for drama and enjoying teaching others. Drama teachers must be patient, encouraging, motivating, and be effective communicators. They must be extremely comfortable with being on stage and have a great degree of animation to portray acting concepts.