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The Drama Studio

Project Manager



Morgan Gadd, M.F.A.


Program Description



The Drama Studio employs drama techniques as a vehicle to sensitize students of mixed cultural backgrounds to characteristic aspects of spoken English. Participants will undertake interactive drama activities that engage their creativity and enhance their sensitivity to the use of English in daily life. The key skills of observation, interpretation, creation and invention will be developed.


Drama Studio Objectives



Instruction will be provided in a creative drama workshop setting to help participants:

  • to increase their skills in the understanding and use of English with an emphasis on oral communication
  • to increase their knowledge and understanding of English grammar and usage with practical application in daily life
  • to enhance their English vocabulary
  • to practice and improve their English pronunciation, phrasing, use of emphasis, articulation and intonation
  • to apply these skills in informal studio performance situations

Participants will normally develop and prepare material for performance to other members of The Drama Studio. If circumstances permit, public performance of the members’ work may be arranged.


Drama Studio Activities




Drama Studio activities will involve creative drama, improvisation and storytelling techniques in order to focus on varying aspects of English language expression. Participants will learn to:

  • express the given circumstances of their world in terms of physical location, time and atmosphere through the use of descriptive language, narrative, images, and figurative language, simile and metaphor
  • express social relationships in our world
  • express how we live in our world
  • express conflict in thought, action and emotion that includes “strategic” and dynamic uses of English
  • express conclusion and resolution


Joining The Drama Studio



Membership in The Drama Studio is open to any HKUST student. Interested students need to apply online. Upon invitation, the student then needs to agree to and sign a Drama Studio contract, which clarifies the expectations as well as conditions of continuance as a Studio Member. A student’s continued membership in The Drama Studio is dependent upon fulfillment of the conditions of the contract, and recommendation of the Project Manager. If a student does not abide by the terms of the contract, and on the recommendation of the Project Manager, (s)he may be removed as a member. The vacancy will be filled by another qualifying student.


The maximum number of students will be 30 each term.


Special Course Requirements and Considerations




What to Wear?


Participants should dress for extensive, vigorous physical exercise. They should wear clothing that will allow for maximum freedom of movement with minimum embarrassment. The clothing should be neutral in nature, without eye-catching patterns. Black, navy, gray or blue colors are fine. Bring water and a towel, if needed.


Avoid loose jewelry, such as necklaces, dangling jewelry, finger rings, wristwatches and bracelets.


Silence all mobile phones and pagers. There will be breaks during which participants can refresh themselves, send and receive calls.


Protect your fellow player. Due to the physical demands of the work, safety considerations precede all else. No one should get hurt. Participants need to always be mindful of others and protect them from harm.



If you have any questions, please contact us at:

E-mail: lcdrama@ust.hk

Telephone: (852) 2358-7851

Office: Room 3018 (Lifts 2 & 3)

Current Available Course


Priority is given to students in UGC-funded programs.

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