Drama

Drama and Theatre is an integral part of life at Dubai College. We teach the subject with a commitment to its status as an art form, encouraging imagination, empathy and reflection.

We offer Drama and Theatre Studies from Year 7 through to Year 13. We are a popular and highly successful choice at GCSE and A Level, with students growing personally and academically from their studies.

We also offer a range of opportunities for students to engage in performance, direction and technical theatre skills outside of the classroom. One of the annual highlights in the Dubai College calendar is the whole College production, alternating performances of large-scale ensemble texts with collaborative musical favourites! Past productions include Hairspray, The Tempest, Alice in Wonderland, West Side Story, The Odyssey and Guys and Dolls.

Alongside our big scale productions, we also produce a vast array of smaller pieces throughout the year with multiple devised and text-based examination performances, the popular House Drama Competition, Drama Club and our fantastic school exchange programme with Bedales School in Hampshire, UK.

We are well equipped with a state of the art 900 seat Auditorium for our productions, along with a more intimate and fully resourced Drama Studio. LED lighting, sound systems, mirrored studio space and an extensive costume cupboard all ensure that our Drama lessons are inspiring and stimulating for all students!

What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?

Someone who takes the time to really listen to the students and to understand the motivations and stories that underpin what they present on the surface.

As a Drama teacher I am so fortunate that I get to work with the Dubai College students in a creative environment – exploring, processing, taking risks and finding things out about themselves. Crucial in that exchange is valuing the individual experience of every student and appreciating the unique qualities that they bring to their work.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?

Our aim in Drama is to inspire our students to be empathetic and inquisitive individuals who are able to analyse and question the world around them, stepping into the lives and feelings of others and developing their sense of self and understanding as a result.

We encourage independent critical thinking and informed reflections with theatre being seen as a conduit for more than mere entertainment. Through a combination of practical application and analysis our students are empowered to develop, evaluate and present with confidence – skills that will be valuable to them for life.

In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?

Our students make Dubai College special – they are incredible! They are the lifeblood of the school. Their passion, ambition and the enjoyment they get from learning is inspirational. It is a joy to spend every working day with such capable and generous people.

Who or what inspires you?

The same thing that makes Dubai College so special inspire me – the Dubai College students! Watching them travel through school on their own journeys, building confidence and shaping their futures, is incredibly motivating. I also love to travel. It’s easy to become comfortable and settled, but for me, seeing the diversity that is out there helps me put things in perspective and appreciate the bigger picture.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.

I am a devoted Trekkie! The optimistic image for the future that Star Trek presents and its open-minded message of tolerance is a great antidote and gives us all something to strive for. By the time this goes live I will have travelled to Las Vegas for the annual Star Trek Convention and absorbed myself in all things Trek. My favourite series is Next Generation and I adore Patrick Stewart, but I identify most with the Vulcan species – I am significantly more rational and introverted than most Drama teachers! Peace and long life.

Mrs S Henderson-Corless, Head of Drama

Meet the staff

Jemma Stilwell

Jemma Stilwell

Titles: Director of Drama
Natalie Madison

Natalie Madison

Titles: Assistant Head of Lower School, Teacher of Drama
Laura Mace

Laura Mace

Titles: Teacher of Drama