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The Drama Based Learning (DBL) Certificate is an experiential workshop that equips educators, specialists, and leadership with a comprehensive understanding of how to adapt DBL strategies and conventions to their teaching needs, and design learning experiences accordingly. 

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What will be covered in this workshop?

Educators will learn a set of tools and methods, how to apply them to teaching and learning, and through this, develop an understanding of the deep pedagogical benefits of DBL in relation with Socio-Emotional Learning and 21st Century teaching goals.

Who should attend this workshop?

This workshop is most suitable for Early Years Educators, All Subject Primary School Teachers, and Secondary School Teachers working with language and humanities subjects and Specialists or Leadership.


Participants will be able to understand how DBL works and how to use multiple DBL strategies in their practice. They will be introduced to the larger DBL knowledge resources/ecosystems with which they will be able to expand their own toolkit and actively demonstrate and advocate for DBL strategies within their school. Over time, with personal practice, participants are able to introduce other school teachers to DBL. 

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this workshop participants will: 

  • Learn to practice a number of key DBL strategies, tools and processes for use in their classrooms. 

  • Develop the capacity to read and pick up other DBL approaches that are shared with them.   

  • Use DBL to tailor learning experiences for differentiated learners within the classroom. 

  • Adapt DBL tools to more effectively deliver their own curriculum.  

Requirements for the Certificate: 

  • Attendance on all the days of the in-person training is mandatory.  

  • Complete an assignment that provides evidence of integrating DBL methods in the teaching of a lesson/unit.  

  • The assignment must be completed within 3 months of training

What will be covered in the modules?



DBL is a whole body, whole mind, experiential learning methodology which engages the learner completely.  

Understand why Drama works as an ideal medium for learning and how Drama makes learning more engaging and memorable.

Explore these questions to understand how drama awakens multiple skills, awarenesses and competencies in the learner.

This module further explores how DBL enhances teacher and student interaction, the power and principles behind the DBL safe space, and its role in risk-taking, personal expression and mindfulness.


Drama as “play” encourages learners to challenge themselves, improves social regulation and creates opportunities for cooperation and collaboration.

Games and structures of play allow for creativity within the rules as well as strategies and problem-solving. This module explores the power of rituals, inclusivity through play, and healthy competition.

The module also covers how to integrate curriculum into structures of play.


Playing “in-role” and exploring characters, and situations allows students to exercise perspective, understanding, and empathy. 

Role-play in DBL involves working with imagination to create scenarios in which to experientially investigate real-world situations in the safe space of a simulated environment.

Learners have the power to pause, stop, rewind, re-imagine, and interact with the characters and scenarios in multiple ways. Through these enactments, participants improve social, intellectual and emotional muscles for better life readiness.


DBL is an ideal space to integrate opportunities for creativity and storytelling. Storytelling is recognized as one of the most powerful learning and teaching methods in education. 

The creativity and storytelling module look at bringing to life content being explored from the curriculum.

The creation process involves collaborative making, integration of ideas, and the construction of plots and stories. Through this learners understand causality connectivity and develop the ability to cognitively hold multiple factors in mind when creating a story.

Session Leader


Shaizia Jifri is Theatre Professionals’ senior-most trainer and has been key in designing, implementing and master-training much of the content for Theatre Professionals Education’s Using Drama for Learning Program and the Creative Play in the Pre Primary. (Theatre Professionals Education believes that drama can transform teaching and learning, and is a highly effective means to help develop better human beings. Our own personal experiences and decades of research have demonstrated beyond any doubt, that engaging with drama equips people with the essential qualities and skills with which to become meaningful, mindful contributors towards a better society.)

Shaizia has taught Drama for over a decade, acquiring hands-on experience as a Drama Trainer and Therapist at several IB and IGCSE International Schools as well as low-income schools. She has worked across learner age groups, and socio-economic backgrounds, teaching to a multitude of different outcomes, and through training and mentoring drama instructors and school teachers, developed a deep articulation of her practice.    

Her training is diverse and extensive, with practical training from many experts in the field. Shaizia’s training includes; German Methods of Theatre Pedagogy (Edda Holl and Sophia Steph), Theatre of the Oppressed (Marc Weinblat, Mandala Centre for Change) Teacher in Role and Process Drama methods (Maya Rao, TiE Expert, Author of NCERT Drama Curriculum, Course Leader, Theatre for Education and Social Transformation, Shiv Nadar University), Puppet Making and Manipulation (Anurupa Roy,  Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust), Acting, Improvisation and Shakespeare, and Theatre for Children (Roo Jhala, Oxford School of Drama), and a number of workshops under theatre masters from across India. 

Shaizia works as a puppeteer and runs workshops outside of school and uses this practice as a tool for education. Shaizia is also a visual artist and marries her experience of illustration and design thinking with her drama based work in the education space. Shaizia has a BA(Hons) from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK.


Tasneem Fatehi Luktuke has worked in Theatre and Education for over 20 years as a Theatre Educator, an Arts Manager, a Children’s Theatre Director, and a Creative Producer. She set up an After School Drama Institute in Speech, Drama and Performance Arts in 2002. In the decade that she ran the institute, she worked with thousands of students and directed several plays for children. The institute also worked with several schools including regional language schools using Drama to teach Spoken English.  

She went on to found Theatre Professionals Pvt. Ltd. with Jehan Manekshaw in 2008, where she started as the Program Head on the Acting Workshops Program and the Intensive Drama Program – programs that served as the template for founding the Drama School Mumbai. (Theatre Professionals Education believes that drama can transform teaching and learning, and is a highly effective means to help develop better human beings. Our own personal experiences and decades of research have demonstrated beyond any doubt, that engaging with drama equips people with the essential qualities and skills with which to become meaningful, mindful contributors towards a better society.)  

Tasneem has taught Drama in several IB, IGCSE and National Curriculum schools in Mumbai and Directed and Produced Annual Days at schools across India. She is now a Teacher Trainer, empowering teachers across the country to use Drama as a pedagogical tool in the classroom to enhance learning. 

She currently heads Theatre Professionals Education. She is a Core Content team member, and mentors in-house Drama Teachers and Theatre Directors working with children. She has co-designed the flagship two-year Using Drama for Learning Program for Primary Teachers for the company. She has a B.A. in English Literature from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and an ATCL from the Trinity College of London. 

Tasneem has trained in Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed under Marc Weinblatt from Washington, USA. She has done several workshops on Theatre Facilitation with Roo Jhala (Oxford School of Drama) among several other Theatre Workshops with leading Theatre Practitioners. When she’s not busy seeing that every school’s academic and teaching needs are being met, Tasneem finds time to step into the classroom and stay connected with what she loves best: Teaching Drama.

Cancellation Policy: All registrations are final and non-refundable. Registration is, however, transferrable. If you cannot make it to the event, please find a colleague to attend in your place.

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