During the final week of the Summer holidays, I had the privilege of attending the Juilliard-Nord Anglia Drama PD in New York. Attending week-long classes at the Lincoln Centre was a once in a lifetime experience. At St Andrews, we benefit from a collaborative teaching community between Nord Anglia and Juilliard that strives for excellence in the delivery of performing arts education. Drama is the third and final subject of the Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme collaboration to be rolled out, following on from Music and Dance.
Highlights for me included a key address by Eric Booth, one of the United States’ 50 most influential people in the Arts. His inspiring talk explored the concept of students needing to have a personal connection in order to engage with art. Deeper learning takes place if engagement precedes information.