About The Drama Crew

The Drama Crew is a group of diverse theatre professionals dedicated to bringing the discipline, craft, and creativity of the working theatre into the classroom. The organization was founded by Michael Cowell, who brings over 20 years of experience in theatre-arts education to the CREW’S philosophy, vision, and design.

Artist Statement

The Drama Crew designs distinctive drama residencies for Grades K through 12, from 5 days to year-long, that are age appropriate and goal-specific. Our unique teaching style actively incorporates learning strategies that challenge students physically, mentally, emotionally, and imaginatively. Using role-play,
improvisation, text comprehension, and performance techniques, our multi-modal, active learning approach fully engages diverse learners across multiple intelligences, and provides practice in the skills necessary for holistic growth. Our individualized programs integrate Common Core, Hawaiʻi Content Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards, using drama as the way of learning a wide variety of subjects and/or topics.

During the COVID pandemic of 2021-21, we developed and taught a broad spectrum of synchronous lesson plans and produced more than 15 curriculum-based videos of asynchronous material.

We can assist you in securing program funding.

Teaching Artists

  • Michael Cowell


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About the Artistic Teaching Partner Roster

The Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster is an adjudicated directory of Hawai‘i professional teaching artists qualified to conduct in-depth residencies in educational settings. Each artist or arts organization has a page in the directory with contact information, a short bio, and an artist statement. The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts draws from this roster for arts education programs including Art Bento at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum and Artists in the Schools.