NLA boasts with an excellent Dramatic Arts department under the guidance of Stefan Erasmus. There has also been big excitement this term with the delivery of our fancy new drama classroom at the Kyle street building. With the addition of the new classroom we can accommodate even more drama students, which leaves us with great excitement for the year ahead.
Dramatic Arts, the journey
Dramatic Arts has always been a big part of my life. I have had a roller-coaster of a ride with Drama. I have cried, bled, celebrated and devoted countless hours to refining my craft and my understanding of the subject. It is through this constant struggle with Drama that I have learnt the incredible healing powers that Drama Arts has to offer.
This catharsis has taught me how to be calm, how to be understanding and how to communicate with those around me. It has taught me that our body is something that we need to protect. I have learnt how to breathe deeply and how to self-reflect. It has shown me that confidence is a skill that can be taught and improved on… but above all else it has unlocked a great deal of empathy within me.
All of these skills I use on a daily basis, skills which I will continue to use the rest of my life. I wish to share these skills with the learners of NLA. Dramatic Arts is far more than learning the rich history of theatre – from origins in Ritual traditions and epic Greek amphitheatres, to the avant-garde styles of Artuad.
These histories become a catalyst for self-exploration, they become a medium at which we are able to discover the far reaches of our mind. And they become a safe haven for vulnerability.
I wish to share with NLA this experience of self-expression, through the body and voice. Drama is my love and love should be shared.
– Stefan Erasmus, Dramatic Arts teacher, NLA