Our Confidence Workshops are aimed to create a safe and nurturing environment where students can explore barriers to confidence, develop their own skills, experiment with different techniques, and receive constructive feedback. Typically we cater for Year 9 students but the sessions can be adapted for any age, including adults.
Our standard workshop sessions last for 2 hours and are run over a series of sessions (usually four plus performance day but this can be adapted). The sessions are planned to finish with a short performance by the students for parents/carers and peers.
The sessions are designed to be student led to allow them to develop their confidence as individuals and as a group. There is no pressure to take part but all students are encouraged to push their own boundaries to get the most from the sessions.
Our coaches work with the students in a professional, relaxed way to give them the opportunity to ‘come out of their shells’. We ask the students to work with different people in the group to avoid ‘cliques’ which also develops crucial communication skills amongst their peers.
A standard five session workshop is for one tutor to include all prep time, five sessions, performance and a PDF version of our own Confidence Workbook with tips and reminders on how to maintain confidence beyond the session.
“We really enjoying work in with Kathryn from Standing In The Wings. She created a series of workshops that focused on building students’ confidence through engaging drama games and activities, which fostered a sense of trust, and, most importantly, self-assurance. Students honed their public speaking skills, learned to think on their feet, and gained an understanding of teamwork. The immersive nature of the activities provided a safe space for students to step out of their comfort zones, fostering personal growth in a supportive environment. The workshops culminated in a performance to parents, who expressed gratitude for the evident boost in their children’s confidence, noting improvements in communication skills and an increased willingness to express themselves creatively. The workshop not only empowered the students but also created a lasting impression on parents, highlighting the value of creative education in building well-rounded individuals.” – Caroline Millington, Head of Drama at Goldington Academy, Bedfordshire. October 2023.
Character Development Workshops
Developing and maintaining characters throughout a performance are vital to ensuring a believable story for the audience.
Our workshop leaders will work with students to understand, interpret and develop their characters and support with techniques to ‘become’ the character in a safe and focused way. Based on Stanislavski’s practice, the workshops are designed to make the student think about how they are in character, why their character behaves as they do and how that influences other characters.
Techniques include ‘Hot Seating’, developing back stories for each character, understanding relationships within the character list and ‘Consequences’.
Workshops are usually carried out in group settings but can be completed 1-2-1 as well. Workshops include one tutor, all prep time, sessions, plus PDFs of our own ‘In Character’ Workbooks and Top Tips and Tools for Performance.
Meet The Workshop Leaders
Simply visit this page on our website to discuss how we can work with you and your students.