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Juilliard Drama Curriculum Specialist visits BIS HCMC

On Thursday 14th June BIS HCMC Secondary Campus excitedly welcomed our Juilliard Drama Curriculum Specialist, Stephanie Cunningham.

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As is evident across BIS HCMC we have embraced the music programme that is offered to us, through our collaboration with The Juilliard School, New York and it is now time for the next phase of this collaboration: the launch of the Juilliard-Nord Anglia Drama curriculum, launching in August 2018. 

Stephanie's day started with Year 12 Subject Ambassador for Theatre, Jonah Taylor, giving her a tour of the school where she saw BIS HCMC in action at the start of another busy day. She then joined the Drama team for a meeting to discuss the implementation of the Juilliard Creative Classroom into the BIS Drama curriculum. We had great discussions about how we can explore the exciting core works and how we can develop the work of our students even further.

The rest of Stephanie's day was spent working with BIS students in a variety of ways. She watched lessons taught by Ms Sargent and Ms Astley where she got a flavour of the work that students are engaged in; including The Tempest storytelling with Year 7 through to looking at the theme of Identity with Year 8.

Stephanie then taught a very lucky class of Year 8 some of the basics of being a theatrical clown. They explored the use of actions, including pause and look, and we saw some very interesting clowns emerge. Students showed great collaboration skills and took some risks in creating their work. Of course Ms Astley and Miss Bostock couldn’t help but explore their inner clowns as well.

It was an absolute delight to have Stephanie at BIS HCMC and we are all very excited about developing the Juilliard Drama curriculum next year.

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