National Convention of Youth Theatre 2020 – Louisa McLean

dramaboxIn the run-up to the 2020 National Convention of Youth Drama, we’ve asked some of the speakers to tell us a little more about their sessions and why they would recommend them to attendees.

Louisa McLean is the Drama Education Manager at The Drama Box and will presenting ‘Little People, Big Imagination: Creativity in Primary Schools’.

What you will be talking about in relation to the ‘creating the conditions for young people to thrive’ strand of the event?
When we work in schools we regularly hear teaching staff say “I can’t believe X joined in, they never usually take part” and this got us thinking, what has made this particular young person feel comfortable enough to express themselves? We have put it down to our approach, something that we use with young people, adults and even as a team. We will be discussing our approach, how it can be used within any learning environment and how it can make individuals feel comfortable enough to get involved and share their ideas, thoughts and feelings.

Why you’re looking forward to the convention?
Myself and my colleague Tabby are looking forward to meeting the other attendees. We enjoy discussing the work that we do as part of the team at The Drama Box but we love to hear how other organisations and individuals are working with young people. The convention will allow us to meet and discuss drama and expressive arts as a whole and hear how it is being used and explore across Scotland and beyond.

Why do you think people should come to DramaCon?
The day itself has plenty to choose from and I think will be a great opportunity for people to find out what is happening in the ‘drama world’, how they can potentially engage with projects or partners and learn more about how drama can be used as a tool to engage our young people, develop confidence and explore creativity.

Louisa presents at 3pm on Fri 20 March 2020 as part of the National Convention of Youth Drama at Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow. Booking is open at www.ytas.org.uk/opportunities-for-professionals/convention-of-youth-drama

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