Drama for Success is an educational drama consultant company servicing teachers and students in the New York City area.

Careful analysis of the potential market shows an unfilled demand for an innovative approach to teaching and learning for the New York City public school system’s 1.1 million children. There is no secret that a large portion of the city’s students are struggling to pass the high stakes tests and to graduate from high school with adequate preparation for college. In 2011 only 43.9% of the (3rd to 8th grade) students passed the New York State English Language Arts test.

Founder, Ruby Frazier

Drama for Success has a creative and unique approach to teaching and learning. The program offers a series of customized workshops that teaches students reading strategies, conflict resolution skills, character development, and professional development workshops for teachers. After the staff meets with the teachers the workshops lessons are custom designed to meet the students and teachers needs. This innovative approach to teaching conflict resolution, character building, and reading comprehension skills through the art of drama will help student learn in a fun, safe environment, and because the company uses researched based instructional strategies struggling learners test scores and social behaviors will also improve (Safo & Elen, 2011).

Drama for Success is an innovative consultant company that has designed an experiential learning teaching program that teaches students social and cognitive learning skills through drama; these skills will help students thrive within the classroom, improve test scores and help with social development. This program uses researched-based strategies and methodologies such as Cooperative Learning as one of its instructional learning strategies. Drama for Success chose Cooperative learning as its instructional strategy because of its many proven benefits of raising student academic achievement, increasing test scores, and improving student’s social skills. Students who work collaboratively in small groups of no more than six will accomplish shared goals (Safo & Elen, 2011). Using Cooperative learning provides numerous opportunities for students to share and exchange ideas. Students are assigned tasks so they will have many opportunities to work as a team. Instruction is in alignment with the school’s curriculum. Cooperative learning, as an instructional methodology provides various opportunities for students to develop skills in group interactions and improve student achievement.