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!

Here is a big ole’ list of links to Lesson Plans for Drama Teachers. And see the bottom 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.

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.

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. Check out the Drama Teacher Academy here!

Here are some other great online resources for finding lesson plans:
Kentucky Educational Television

A nice selection of lesson plans for students in K through 12. The website requires (free) registration to access the lesson plans.

The Theatre Experience: Lesson Plans for a High School Theatre Class

A comprehensive set of lesson plans created by Kelly Crotty. Includes alignments to Florida State standards.

The Hippodrome Theatre

This Gainesville, Florida based theatre company offers lesson plans to support teachers taking students to their shows. The lesson plans are aligned to Florida State Standards.

Brigham Young University’s Theatre Education Database

This one’s huge. Dozens and dozens of units and lesson plans as well as outlines for the (US) National Standards for Theatre Education.
(via Rondy Vick and Mari Adams on our Facebook page)

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.
(via Jennifer Beenen on our Facebook page)

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.
(via Danielle Jackson on our Facebook page)

The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge

The Kennedy Center offers an immense set of theatre-based lesson plans that can be filtered by grade level from K-12. They are sorted by alignments to National (US) standards.
(via Jenni Caruso on our Facebook page)

Christine Wortham

Theatre teacher Christine Wortham opens up her Theatre Teaching Toolbox and lets you peek inside.
(via Daniel Castanon Jr on our Facebook page)

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Do you have a fabulous resource for lesson plans that isn’t listed above? Send us an email and we’ll add it to the list.

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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.