Ensemble-building Games for Drama Class

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70 drama activities that can help your group become excellent collaborators and to take risks individually as actors.

The ensemble-building games in this tutorial may also be called ‘ice-breakers,’ but in theatre, the value of getting to know one’s fellow actors goes far beyond merely ‘breaking the ice.’ In order for your students to feel comfortable taking risks, they must first trust one another and feel connected as a group. Here are over 70 drama activities designed to help your group develop an affinity for one another so that they may relax and begin to trust one another.

Example of an ensemble-building game:

Secret Talents

This is a great ensemble-building game. Divide the class into pairs by having them pull numbers out of a hat, or finding the person closest to their own height (organically, in other words). Next, have students tell each other their name and a secret talent or interesting hobby they have. Then have the students introduce their partner and describe their secret talent to the rest of the class!

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