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Big Picture Blocking: Staging Your Play Outside-In

by Todd Espeland

Working in educational theatre I know how easy it is to get bogged down in actor coaching and away from the bigger picture storytelling when directing a show. I saw a need for a method of text analysis and physical staging tools that help the director stay focused on the bigger picture of telling the story of the play.

This class is in two parts: The first consists of the text analysis tools P.A.S.T.O and Major Dramatic Question. From these tools you will brainstorm keywords to define your vision of the story.

In the second part of the class you will focus on taking the information generated in the text analysis and crafting the ideas into vibrant physical pictures through an exercise called Starburst.

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Breath Control and Projection

by Elisabeth Oppelt

In this course, you will learn what breath control and projection are, how to breathe from your diaphragm and speak loudly without yelling, and how to teach these skills to your students. Led by teacher and singer Elisabeth Oppelt, this course will be helpful both in your teaching practices and in creating material to teach your students. This course also includes both formal and informal assessments for you to use in your classroom.

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Basic Lighting for Drama Teachers

by Claire Broome

Join drama teacher Claire Broome and explore the basics of lighting, including lighting systems and instruments, lighting plots, how to record a lighting cue, and alternative sources of lighting. You’ll learn some practical, hands-on ways of using lighting in your classroom or theatre, whether you have a lighting system or not.

This course is packed with hands-on examples, activities for your students, and videos to develop your students’ understanding. Find out why lighting is such an important character in a production.

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Lesson Plans

Monologue Writing Made Easy Unit

by Matthew Banaszynski

Part one of this unit includes either the execution of the Monologue Writing Made Easy unit, or a review of concepts, depending on your class needs.
- If materials have not been previously introduced, execute the entire unit before starting part two.
- If some materials have been previously covered, review major concepts and terminology, introduce any new concepts, then move on to part two.

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Introduction to Lighting

by Josh Hatt

Students are introduced to lighting through video demonstration, discuss the impact of lighting on a scene, address lighting safety and complete a vocabulary activity.

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Introduction to Sound

by Josh Hatt

Students are introduced to sound through video demonstration, discuss the impact of sound on a
scene, and complete a vocabulary activity.

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00 - Emergency Lesson Plans Ebook

by Lindsay Price

You need Emergency Lesson Plans. The unexpected comes up all the time.

This Emergency Lesson Plan Collection (30 lessons) will address all of your concerns and take into account all of your sub’s questions. Every Emergency Lesson Plan includes substitute instructions, handouts, and assessment suggestions.

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Intro to Scripts

by Lindsay Johnson

In this lesson, students will brainstorm characters/relationships, setting, and conflicts to add content to a contentless scene that they will work on for the rest of the unit. Students will use a variety of methods they’ve learned in the previous unit to communicate meaning: setting, pantomime, relationship clues, objectives, stakes, and tactics.

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Introduction to Directors and Close Reading of Scene

by Lindsay Johnson

In this lesson, students are introduced to the different tasks the director and the actor take on in a scene, complete an application for which role they would like to take on, and tackle a close reading of the unit scene.

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Resources

Monologue Packet

We know that you’re always on the lookout for monologues. We also know you’ve no time to search for monologues.

Enjoy the material in this packet. Use them in your classes. Give them to your students for their next IE’s. The full scripts for all monologues can be found at theatrefolk.com.

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00 - The 30 Second Monologue Project eBook

This resource is designed to take students through the skills they need to perform a monologue - in steps. Instead of starting with the end goal – that two-minute piece – start at the beginning.
In this eBook you’ll find a four-lesson unit that will take students up the ladder toward that goal, and get students ready to tackle a longer monologue with confidence.

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00 - Scenes for Classroom Study eBook

Use these scenes in your classroom for character study, scene work, substitute teachers, performance, Individual Event competitions, and any other way you can imagine.

Each scene comes from a published play (the complete play can be found on at theatrefolk.com) and is FREE for you to
print, copy, and distribute.
But wait there’s more! Each scene comes with:
• Close Reading Questions
• Staging Suggestions
• Character Development

30 scenes in total within this eBook!

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01 - Ensemble Scene Collection

The Ensemble Scene Collection contains quality comedy, drama and dramedy scenes for middle school and high school performers that range in size from three to seven characters.

Each scene comes with a brief synopsis, staging suggestions, and a description of what’s happening in the moment before the first line. Give your student performers the chance to shine with material written specifically for them!

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Emergency Lesson Plans eBook

You need Emergency Lesson Plans. The unexpected comes up all the time.

This Emergency Lesson Plan Collection (30 lessons) will address all of your concerns and take into account all of your sub’s questions. Every Emergency Lesson Plan includes substitute instructions, handouts, and assessment suggestions.

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Improv Games with Purpose

When Improv has a purpose, it’s a win for everyone. You’re teaching skills, and students are learning how to work together rather than go for the individual laugh. The games in this collection are not new and they’re easily googled. But not only do you have all these games in one place, there is an identified purpose for each game, feedback suggestions and questions, game variations, teaching tips, side coaching tips, entry prompts, exit slip questions, and more! It’s about giving every single one of your students the best improv experience from the tentative to the outgoing.

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