Edgars Niklasons and Marta Elīna Martinsone offered the workshop for the teachers of Latvian language, where they discussed the importance of drama and performing arts in education and shared language teaching experience gained at language summer schools. During this workshop, participants had a chance to learn and practice theatrical activities that might be used in classroom environment.

Edgars Niklasons is a playwright, theatre director, and a teacher; he has worked at Latvia Puppet Theatre, Rēzekne theatre “Joriks”, Dirty Deal Teatro, participated in numerous drama projects in Latvia and abroad, written scripts for short films and advertising campaigns. One of Edgars’ most interesting theatrical experiences has been in Istanbul, Turkey, where he had a chance to cooperate with Kara Kutu Theatre and stage a play about the events that occurred at Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Edgars has obtained his higher education at Latvian Academy of Culture, L. Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, Czech Republic, as well as in Dramaturgy workshops in Latvia, Estonia, and Spain. He has won Spēlmaņu Nakts’ special prize “The Lost Son” for the best original theatrical text for the play “Ending” in season 2011./2012. Currently Edgars manages youth theatre “TE-13” at Riga Teika Secondary School.

Marta Elīna Martinsone is a theatre director, currently studying film directing, and has staged plays at Dirty Deal Teatro and Ģertrūdes Iela Theatre. She has worked as a director assistant at The New Riga Theatre, as well as written scripts for plays and films. Within the framework of “Dirty Drama” project, Marta Elīna has learned new ways of working with actors and to create dramaturgical material. Alongside her studies at National Film School, Marta writes film reviews, articles on socio-political topics, and has participated both as a guest lecturer and a staff member at summer schools in Latvia.

The handouts form the workshop are available here.

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