The importance of drama: transferable skills

Tue Feb 25 14:27:00 UTC 2014

We've worked with Shakespeare's Globe to produce a series of short films on the importance of drama. This first film shows how a qualification in drama can provide relevant transferable skills for use in working life.

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In the process of making the films, we've spoken to a number of eminent practitioners from the business and performing arts sectors about the skills that can be acquired and developed through studying drama and creative subjects.

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Dina Dommett is Executive Director on the Executive MBA course at London Business School. She proposes that the skills you gain, study and understand from drama are critical to the impact you have in the business environment, especially if you're a leader of a company, firm or organisation. Performance is key to business and good communication is key to performance.

Georghia Ellinas is Head of Learning at Shakespeare’s Globe. She suggests that employers want the skills that are developed in drama. They want people who can think for themselves, work in a team and listen to others, people who know how to negotiate and how to create an outcome.

Neil Constable, the Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s Globe, suggests that if a business didn’t have any entrepreneurial or creative flair in it, it would probably be quite unsuccessful and moribund, and people with creative talent are needed to provide invention, innovation and good ideas.

David Adair,
 Head of Community Affairs at PwC, agrees that theatre and acting can offer transferable skills to prepare you for any career.

Iain Reekie, Programme Director at Rose Bruford College, knows that working in the creative industries helped him to think strategically, imaginatively and 'on the hoof'.

Katie Evans, Economist at CEBR, states that the arts and culture contribute to the national economy in an enormous number of ways and have a significant impact.

Nick Ibery, an NHS Surgeon and Executive MBA graduate, thinks that the skillset developed as a drama student will be useful throughout a career in any field.

I hope you find this film useful. If you have any feedback or comments, please email me at TeachingPerformingArts@Pearson.com

Thanks,

Paul

Paul Webster, Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts subject advisor
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