In previous discussions of the factors that influenced the genesis of creative drama, the art of storytelling has been largely overlooked. Our archival studies indicate that Winifred Ward was steeped in oral traditions and storytelling from early childhood throughout her life. We have followed course descriptions and syllabi to determine that it was modifications of her initial storytelling classes that led to her work in creative dramatics. The legacy of this initial impact of storytelling can be observed in her narrative-based approach to drama with young people. This article presents storytelling as a missing piece of the puzzle, and invites us to consider implications for the future of our field.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Visual Arts and Performing Arts