‘The principal character’: the triad approach and improvisation in teaching

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This article focuses on a teaching case, Rona, a student in the educational dance-theatre programme that adopted improvisational teaching to deal with her lack of self-confidence. This lack had denied her feeling free and teaching without inhibitions in the classroom. Rona found a way to release her lack of self-confidence by spontaneously acting the ‘character’ of a funny and assertive ‘principal’ for ensuring a flowing dialogue with the pupils without disturbances to the planned procedure of the lesson. I analyse the Rona’s case through Shifra Schonmann’s triadic approach for teacher training, based on the theatrical perception which differentiates between a dramatic character, a social role and a performer’s personality and the through the directions of improvisational teaching.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-106
Number of pages16
JournalResearch in Drama Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by The Open University of Israel’s Research Fund: [Grant Number 506161].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Improvisational teaching
  • self-efficacy
  • teacher as performer
  • teacher-efficacy
  • teacher-in-role


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