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Featured Articles

February Reading List
Featured Article
February Reading List: Plays with 'Emotional' Titles
As February unfolds, we're shifting our focus to a collection of plays enriched with emotion-laden titles, each one carefully crafted to deliver nothing but the best for your stage or classroom.
How to Effectively Create and Use the Audition Waiting Area
Featured Article
How to Effectively Create and Use the Audition Waiting Area
You’ve chosen your show, purchased the rights, and let your students know about auditions. There’s a lot to prepare (https://www.theatrefolk.com/blog/preparing-auditions-side-table-5-tips-success-sanity), but we are here to help you out!
Pros and Cons: Open Auditions vs. Closed Auditions
Featured Article
Pros and Cons: Open Auditions vs. Closed Auditions
There are various methods of having students audition for your upcoming theatrical production. The most common methods are having students present a prepared monologue and/or song or doing cold readings (https://www.theatrefolk.com/blog/pros-cons-cold-readings) from the script. You also need to consider whether you’ll run open auditions or closed auditions. Open auditions versus closed auditions basically deal with the location of the waiting students. An open audition is where you gather all the students into one room and have each one present their audition in turn, in front of the artistic team and the rest of the students. A closed audition is where each student auditions by themselves in front of the audition panel, while the rest of them wait elsewhere.
"Cheating Out": Two Games for  Middle School Drama Students
Featured Article
"Cheating Out": Two Games for Middle School Drama Students
Something teachers notice frequently when working with middle school students is that when the students are performing a two-person scene onstage, they tend to turn their bodies directly towards whomever they're talking to. This is understandable, as that’s what people do naturally to hear each other better and establish the fact that they’re listening. However, when students are onstage and turn their bodies away from the audience, they’re essentially closing themselves off. It makes it more challenging for the audience to hear the performers and see their facial expressions.
Ensemble Roles
Featured Article
How Do You Support Students Who Feel Discouraged About Ensemble Roles?
As theatre educators we understand the importance of making every student feel valued and inspired throughout their theatrical journey. However, we know that students can become discouraged when consistently cast in ensemble roles despite aspiring to take centre stage. Establishing strategies that foster confidence and resilience among these students is so important. But how do we effectively accomplish this?

Latest Articles

Creatively-Staged Scenes with  Middle School Students
Creatively-Staged Scenes with Middle School Students
How do you manage overcommitted students who miss rehearsals?
How Do You Manage Overcommitted Students Who Miss Rehearsals?
Playwright Spotlight: Get to Know Matthew Webster
Playwright Spotlight: Get to Know Matthew Webster
3 Quick and Easy Warm-Up Games  with a Drama Class Twist
3 Quick and Easy Warm-Up Games with a Drama Class Twist
Playwright Spotlight: Get to Know John Donald O'Shea
Playwright Spotlight: Get to Know John Donald O'Shea
How do you handle disruptive cast members during rehearsal?
How Do You Handle Disruptive Cast Members During Rehearsal?

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Acting

Acting in Everyday Life
Acting in Everyday Life
Acting the Issue Play
Acting the Issue Play
Onstage “Awareness” Improv Game: Sit, Stand, Kneel
Onstage “Awareness” Improv Game: Sit, Stand, Kneel
Questioning Your Character (Without Judgment)
Questioning Your Character (Without Judgment)
“Let’s Try That Again”: Taking Direction in an Audition
“Let’s Try That Again”: Taking Direction in an Audition
How to Practice Cold Reading
How to Practice Cold Reading

Classroom Exercise

Blocking Exercise: Same Scene, Different Stages
Blocking Exercise: Same Scene, Different Stages
Creatively-Staged Scenes with  Middle School Students
Creatively-Staged Scenes with Middle School Students
Beyond Happy and Sad: Exploring Emotions  with Middle Schoolers
Beyond Happy and Sad: Exploring Emotions with Middle Schoolers
Getting Bums in Seats: Theatre Marketing Exercises
Getting Bums in Seats: Theatre Marketing Exercises
Lines From A Bag
Lines from a Bag
Spooky Special Effects Challenge
Spooky Special Effects Challenge

Classroom Management

Getting to Know Your Students: How I Like to Learn
Getting to Know Your Students: How I Like to Learn
Developing Classroom Routines and Systems
Developing Classroom Routines and Systems
“I’ll Just Do It Myself…” Encouraging Students to Work Together
“I’ll Just Do It Myself…” Encouraging Students to Work Together
Inclusion in the Drama Classroom: Assessing Your Space
Inclusion in the Drama Classroom: Assessing Your Space
Pros and Cons: Assigned Groups vs. Class-Chosen Groups
Pros and Cons: Assigned Groups vs. Class-Chosen Groups
The Inclusive Classroom: Drama Class for Students with Special Needs
The Inclusive Classroom: Drama Class for Students with Special Needs

Directing

How do you manage overcommitted students who miss rehearsals?
How Do You Manage Overcommitted Students Who Miss Rehearsals?
How do you handle disruptive cast members during rehearsal?
How Do You Handle Disruptive Cast Members During Rehearsal?
How to handle conflicts & disagreements among cast members during rehearsals
How Do You Handle Conflicts & Disagreements During Rehearsals?
Ensemble Roles
How Do You Support Students Who Feel Discouraged About Ensemble Roles?
Pros and Cons: Open Auditions vs. Closed Auditions
Pros and Cons: Open Auditions vs. Closed Auditions
How to Effectively Create and Use the Audition Waiting Area
How to Effectively Create and Use the Audition Waiting Area

Distance Learning

Character Study: Self-Awareness
Character Study: Self-Awareness
Making Connections: Students’ Strengths and Character Strengths
Making Connections: Students’ Strengths and Character Strengths
Theatrefolk Featured Play – Virtual Platform by Claire Broome
Theatrefolk Featured Play – Virtual Platform by Claire Broome
Improv Game: Combining Skills
Improv Game: Combining Skills
Improv Game: Imposter
Improv Game: Imposter
Exercise: Outdoor Virtual Monologues
Exercise: Outdoor Virtual Monologues

Diversity

Tips for Supporting Nonbinary Drama Students
Tips for Supporting Nonbinary Drama Students
Theatrefolk Featured Play – Characters Behaving Badly by Lindsay Price
Theatrefolk Featured Play – Characters Behaving Badly by Lindsay Price
Theatrefolk Featured Play – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Theatrefolk Featured Play – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Theatrefolk Featured Play – Moonbow Miraculous by Kirk Shimano
Theatrefolk Featured Play – Moonbow Miraculous by Kirk Shimano
Theatrefolk Featured Play – The Pretty Princess Dollhouse for Pretty Princesses by Emma Fonseca-Halverson
Theatrefolk Featured Play – The Pretty Princess Dollhouse for Pretty Princesses by Emma Fonseca-Halverson
Theatrefolk Featured Play – Finding Jo March by Laramie Dean
Theatrefolk Featured Play – Finding Jo March by Laramie Dean

Featured Plays

Life and Death in an Empty Hallway
Theatrefolk Featured Play - Life and Death in an Empty Hallway
Franz Kafka Cancels His Cell Phone Plan
Theatrefolk Featured Play - Franz Kafka Cancels His Cell Phone Plan
The Plucky Pie Murder
Theatrefolk Featured Play - The Plucky Pie Murder
The Female Edison
Theatrefolk Featured Play: The Female Edison
Theatrefolk Featured Play - Beauty and the Bee
Theatrefolk Featured Play - Beauty and the Bee
Theatrefolk Featured Play: Winnie-the-Pooh
Theatrefolk Featured Play: Winnie-the-Pooh

Games

3 Quick and Easy Warm-Up Games  with a Drama Class Twist
3 Quick and Easy Warm-Up Games with a Drama Class Twist
"Cheating Out": Two Games for  Middle School Drama Students
"Cheating Out": Two Games for Middle School Drama Students
Fun & Games: Human Chess
Fun & Games: Human Chess
Fun & Games: Creating a Drama Board Game
Fun & Games: Create a Drama Board Game
Theatre Fun & Games: Ruin a Play...
Theatre Fun & Games: Ruin a Play...
Physical Warm-Up Game: Doodles
Physical Warm-Up Game: Doodles

General

Playwright Spotlight: Get to Know Ken Preuss
Playwright Spotlight: Get to Know Ken Preuss
Playwright Spotlight: Get to Know Todd Espeland
Playwright Spotlight: Get to Know Todd Espeland
Playwright Spotlight: Get to Know Claire Broome
Playwright Spotlight: Get to Know Claire Broome
Playwright Spotlight: Get to Know David Hammers
Playwright Spotlight: Get to Know David Hammers
Playwright Spotlight: Get to Know Treanor Baring
Playwright Spotlight: Get to Know Treanor Baring
Playwright Spotlight: Get to Know Chris Evans
Playwright Spotlight: Get to Know Chris Evans

New Drama Teachers

Top 5 Rules for Building Relationships with Students
Top 5 Rules for Building Relationships with Students
Top 5 Discipline Mistakes New Teachers Make (And how to fix them!)
Top 5 Discipline Mistakes New Teachers Make (And how to fix them!)
Round-up: Best casting advice for fellow directors
Round-up: Best casting advice for fellow directors
Round-up: Best costuming advice for a new director
Round-up: Best costuming advice for a new director

Playwriting

Playwriting Exercise: Your Ideal Future
Playwriting Exercise: Your Ideal Future
5 Tips for Writing A Murder Mystery Play
5 Tips for Writing a Murder Mystery Play
Playwriting Exercise: Baby Photo Prompt
Playwriting Exercise: Baby Photo Prompt
Emotion Prompts
Resource: Tons of Emotion Prompts
Resource: Tons of Rainbow Prompts
Resource: Tons of Rainbow Prompts
Playwriting Exercise: The Next Scene
Playwriting Exercise: The Next Scene

Podcast

Theatre as a Teaching Tool
Theatre as a Teaching Tool
Happy Birthday Frankenstein!
Happy Birthday Frankenstein!
Drama Teachers: Take back the classics
Drama Teachers: Take back the classics
Putting together a touring high school show
Putting together a touring high school show
Facilitating a student led production
Facilitating a student led production
Page to Stage: What can you learn in 48 hours?
Page to Stage: What can you learn in 48 hours?

Production

How to Effectively Create and Use the Audition Waiting Area
How to Effectively Create and Use the Audition Waiting Area
Creative Fundraising Ideas for Your Production
Creative Fundraising Ideas for Your Upcoming Production
Tips for Running a Relaxed Performance  of Your Show
Tips for Running a Relaxed Performance of Your Show
Round-Up: All About Time Management & Scheduling
Round-Up: All About Time Management & Scheduling
Creating a Pre-Show Checklist
Creating a Pre-Show Checklist
Performance Options: Live Stage, Virtual or Livestream?
Performance Options: Live Stage, Virtual or Livestream?

Teaching Drama

March Reading List: Plays With Iconic Characters
March Reading List: Plays With Iconic Characters
Creatively-Staged Scenes with  Middle School Students
Creatively-Staged Scenes with Middle School Students
February Reading List
February Reading List: Plays with 'Emotional' Titles
Developing a Drama Portfolio
Developing a Drama Portfolio: Showcasing Your School's Theatrical Achievements
Winter Reading List - January
January Reading List: Colourful Play Titles
Embracing Beginner Mindset for Drama Students
Embracing Beginner Mindset for Drama Students

Teaching Resources

The Rehearsal Companion
The Rehearsal Companion
The Audition Toolkit
The Audition Toolkit
Impowerment Improv
Impowerment Improv
The Drama Classroom Companion: Volume 2
The Drama Classroom Companion: Volume 2
Your High School Improv Show Playbook
Your High School Improv Show Playbook
Scene-Spurs: Writing Prompts for Dramatic Depth – Volume Two
Scene-Spurs: Writing Prompts for Dramatic Depth – Volume Two

Technical Theatre

Sets on a Budget: One Signature Piece
Sets on a Budget: One Signature Piece
Costume Organization & Storage Tips
Costume Organization & Storage Tips
Full Class Project: Complete Show Design
Full Class Project: Complete Show Design
Performing Outdoors Part 2: Safety Considerations
Performing Outdoors Part 2: Safety Considerations
Performing Outdoors Part 1: Technical Considerations
Performing Outdoors Part 1: Technical Considerations
Exercise: The Tech Effect
Exercise: The Tech Effect

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