"To use drama, music and movement to spark self-determined creativity
in all people so they can reach their full potential."
To the best of our ability, we will:
- Provide direct instruction in performing arts for all individuals;
- Provide programs with embedded SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) skills, therapeutic goals, and/or academic content;
- Provide classes for instruction of Dramakinetics methodologies to parents, educators, therapists, artists, and caregivers; and
- Establish further research on the benefits of Dramakinetics as an activity-based
Initially, Dr. Jannita Complo created the Dramakinetics Method in 1974 for classroom teachers so they could use it as an arts integration method to teach academic content. More recently, Pamela Futvoye Shooner, MSEd founded Dramakinetics as a non-profit organization for creating integrated arts programming for teaching developmental skills to children and adults of all abilities.
Dramakinetics (DK) of Cincinnati is the benchmark of excellence in integrated arts education programs in Great Cincinnati. Incorporated in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, DK is the only non-profit organization in the area providing performing arts classes designed to include individuals of all abilities for recreational, academic, and therapeutic purposes.
Creator of Dramakinetics Methodology
Sr. Jannita Complo (Life-time Board Member) knew about “kinesthetic intelligence” long before Howard Garner’s 1983 book told parents and teachers there was such a thing. Years before his book came out, Sr. Jannita had already written the books Dramakinetics and Funtactics, incorporating methods and strategies for teaching creative movement and drama in the regular and special education classroom. Throughout her career as teacher, college professor, and principal, and now as the founder and director of the Children’s Creativity Center in Monroe, Michigan, she has promoted the “kinesthetic intelligence”. Among the honors she has received are: The Outstanding Educator of America (1975), Who’s Who in American Education (1988), The Meritorious Service Award, Bureau of Indian Affairs (1988), Outstanding Administrator of the Year (1988), and Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals (2005, 2007). She has given numerous workshops on Dramakinetics throughout the United States.
FOUNDER of Dramakinetics of Cincinnati
Pamela Futvoye Shooner has been using performing arts for fun and function throughout her entire life. Realizing the power of using arts in education, Pam fused her passion for performing arts with an extensive teaching career at New York’s Developmental Disabilities Institute, notable homed-based intervention programs, the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory Preparatory Program’s Special Learner’s Division, and has received teaching certifications from the Ohio Department of Education as and Intervention Specialist and Theatre Arts Specialist for grades PreK through 12. In addition to launching this organization, Pam performs professionally in local theatre productions.