John Graves II
Drama Faculty




Mr. Graves grew up in the woods of Massachusetts and the mountains of New York. Before establishing our ECE-5th Drama Program, he served as the WCE Librarian. He’s worked with ECE-8th grade students throughout Denver Public Schools since 2005. He received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Ashford University, and his training through the Stanley British Primary Teacher Licensure Program. He digs survival stories, making comics, playing 4Square, and encouraging students to ask why and how questions. He is often cloud-watching, or banging on instruments with his son and his girlfriend. In 2018, he was awarded Colorado Theatre Educator of the Year, by Colorado Thespians, An Educational Theatre Association Affiliate.


In Drama, we imagine, create, perform and critique.

We’ll analyze how and why people tell stories at all and specifically through theatre.

We’ll discuss and practice how to work together to adapt, develop and produce performances. Some may be scripted, many will be improv. Some may be on stage and some… off stage.

We’ll play imaginative games that tell stories through physical gameplay.

We’ll create stage works from scratch, playing collaborative storytelling games.

We’ll find ways to use our voice, body movement and stage presence to convey character.

We’ll develop ways to give and take critiques that are both useful and positive.

We’ll reflect and share on our progress, as a group and as individuals.

But first and always, we’ll work together to create a hard-working and fun classroom where everyone feels safe to take chances.

See you in the Blue Room.

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