PD Courses

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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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21st Century Skills Through Devising

by Allison Williams

Allison Williams leads the course: 21st Century Skills Through Devising. This course covers what devising is, why to do it, how to do it, and how your students can master the 21st Century Skills of collaborations and cooperation, critical thinking, creative thinking through devising.

High school is a great place to try devising with your students. But it’s not something you want to throw at your students without any preparation. Framework is important and this course takes you through a number of exercises you can take into the classroom tomorrow to help build a place of physical safety, a place where students work at making a lot of choices instead of waiting for the perfect choice, and a place where students feel comfortable making creative choices. The material also reviews the process of putting together a show from the idea/research stage to editing, to giving feedback.

Your students have what it takes to create their own material, collaborate with each other, and have a unique theatrical experience!

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Creating a Blended Learning Environment: Flipping Your Classroom

by Annie Dragoo

Annie Dragoo leads this course in learning how to create a flipped classroom where students will complete the majority of coursework online at home or outside of school, and then attend school for required face-to-face learning sessions.

Module One discusses the types of online learning - the advantages and disadvantages. Module Two, covers the first step: the online instruction. Module Three covers the face-to-face time and putting it all together. You will walk away from these modules with a prepared unit of study.

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Lesson Plans

LESSON PLAN

Truth and Spontaneity

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will make discoveries about truth in acting. They will also do some exercises where they must make a spontaneous rather than a preplanned response for the exercise to be successful.

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Introduction to Character Creation

by Lindsay Price

Students start with a name exercise and a non-human personification exercise as an introduction to character creation. The purpose is to show students some of the details that go into creating an interesting dynamic character—in action and in writing.

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Give My Regards to Broadway

by Annie Dragoo

By viewing this documentary, students explore Broadway’s history from the vaudeville shows and operettas of the 20th century to 21st-century extravaganzas such as Hairspray and Wicked. In this lesson, students will view, discuss, and reflect on Episode 1.

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Repetition Class 1

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will start the process of letting go of their need to control the moment and learn to let moments happen.

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Properties and Prop Design

by Karen Loftus

Students demonstrate comprehension of what a property is, the various categories of props, and how props are created.

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Repetition Class 2

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will continue to use repetition exercises to learn how to be present and work off their partner. They will begin to “tune” to identifying the reactions of others.

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Resources

RESOURCE

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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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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Create Your Own Choice Board: Drama Activities

Sometimes you need to have prepared activities so students can work independently. The goal is to have students apply knowledge in an effective way when the natural flow of instruction is disrupted.

One such activity is a choice board. A choice board offers students a variety of activities on a topic or multiple topics. Students will choose a set number of activities to complete and submit. With this resource you can create your own, use all the provided tasks on a single topic, or print off the ready-to-go sample choice boards.

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6 ft Scenes

A collection of 15 scenes in which no two characters get within six feet of each other. Use them to explore the physical and emotional distance between people - what causes us to stay apart? Great for class work and competition, and where social distancing is required in class.

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No See Scenes

The drama classroom is all about connection and engagement. How do you connect to students who do not feel comfortable turning on their cameras in a virtual classroom? It will require all your creative and critical thinking skills.

Hopefully, this resource will provide some help with suggestions, exercises, lessons and scenes written specifically for no camera students.

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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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