Classroom Management Teaching Drama

Lesson Plans for Drama Teachers

lesson plans for drama teachers
Written by Lindsay Price

Drama Teachers – Looking for lesson plans? Look no further!

We’ve got some great resources for drama teacher lesson plans. Plus, be sure to check out the link at the end of this post for a printable PDF: Top Ten Tips For Writing Awesome Lesson Plans!

The Theatrefolk Blog

Scroll away through our blog archives. We regularly post exercises that you can use in your classroom.

The Drama Teacher Academy

DTA logoWant access to a library of lesson plans? Drama Teacher Academy Members can download and print all the lesson plans on the website as part of their membership. Members also have access to a Resource Page with exercises, play analysis guides, and handouts.

  • Full-year Middle School, Drama One, Drama Two, Production Class, and Distance Learning curriculum.
  • Units you can take into the classroom tomorrow.
  • Lesson plans for your sub. Even the ones with ZERO drama training.
  • Technology-forward: digital learning, video demos, hyperdocs.
  • Assessments, rubrics, and reflections.
    Check out the Drama Teacher Academy here!

Whether you’re a new teacher or new to teaching drama, this resource is for you. You’ll find articles on classroom management, exercises and activities and podcasts where you can hear directly from other teachers. Whatever you’re going through, you are not alone.

Emergency Lesson Plans for Theatre Teachers

We also have a great set of lesson plans called Emergency Lesson Plans for Theatre Teachers. This isn’t free but it’s a great resource with 30 printable lesson plans that are ideal for pulling out on a raining day or leaving with a sub.

Scenes for Classroom Study

With over 30 scenes and 200 pages, this resource is designed to help with character study, scene work, substitute teachers, performance, Individual Event competitions and so much more.

Each scene comes with Close Reading Questions, Staging Suggestions and Character Development.

81 Playwriting Exercises

81 exercises that can be used to get students in the habit of writing on a regular basis. Great for practice, warm-ups and emergency lesson plans when you can’t be there.

Classroom Study Guides

Many of the plays in the Theatrefolk catalogue include easy-to-use comprehensive classroom study guides designed to challenge students to deepen their understanding and connection to the plays they’re studying.

Complete with pre-read questions and activities, close reading analysis, and post-read activities, these study guides allow you to provide an in-depth & theatrical learning experience.

Here are some other great online resources for finding lesson plans:
CODE (Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators)

Loads of units & lesson plans for all grades. Some of the content is only available to CODE members, but there is also a lot of free material.

The Drama Notebook

The Drama Notebook is the World’s Largest Collection of drama activities for kids. Mainly focused on elementary students. Click here to listen to Janae Dahl, owner and creator of The Drama Notebook on The Theatrefolk Podcast. This is a paid site but Janae offers several free lessons to help you decide if it’s right for you.

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About the author

Lindsay Price


  • HI there,

    I found your BLOG and have been looking through it. It is beautiful to see such a commitment to drama! I am writing to ask for advice.

    I have four years teaching experience (Drama and Dance) in an IB International School in Turkey. At the same time, I am pursuing my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction while teaching.

    I have a Bachelors degree in Theatre (from Canada) and several years professional experience in theatre and dance. In addition to my IB teaching experience I have other drama teaching experience as well.

    I am looking at options to teach drama and/or dance in other schools in Europe. I am trying to assess my options and would be grateful for your help.

    I have two questions:

    1) I heard there are some schools that can consider teachers with no formal certification, where they are looking for experience, passion, educational philosophy, track record, other studies (like Masters), etc. Do you have any suggestions of where to find these schools or which schools in particular are like this?

    2) How can I acquire a teaching certificate that is recognized internationally? I am looking for a program where I can I apply my Masters courses credits towards a teaching certificate.

    Thank you for any advice and help that you can offer.

    Happy New Year

  • These lesson plans are very helpful for drama teachers. I have two kids and they are very passionate for acting. Kids are a bundle of nervous energy and Kids need a minimum of at least an hour’s physical activity in a day. In Barnet there are plenty of such activities including creative after school club ideas by “Bodens Performing Arts” to keep them busy.

  • Is there a guide for managing a school musical? A whole plan? I’m not a teacher, but I need to research this.