Instructor Kerry Hishon is an actor, director, writer, and stage combatant with years of experience in youth theatre. Her course, Theatre Etiquette 101, is designed to help students be successful in their theatrical journeys.

When teaching students who are brand new to theatre, it’s important to discuss and apply the expectations of the drama classroom and the theatrical world.
This course starts by explaining "what is theatre etiquette", and then moves through every step in the production process from audition to post-show recovery.

Every module has tips for both you and your students, classroom exercises, rehearsal exercises, and reflections. There are also printable posters included to use in your classroom or backstage.

Course Outline

Module 0: Introduction 3:29
Module 1: What is Theatre Etiquette? 8:55
Module 2: Rehearsal Etiquette 12:15
Module 3: Audition Etiquette 11:30
Module 4: Costume Etiquette 14:47
Module 5: Props Etiquette 14:22
Module 6: Tech and Dress Rehearsal Etiquette 9:54
Module 7: Pre-Show Etiquette 9:54
Module 8: Show Etiquette 6:08
Module 9: Strike Etiquette 5:22
Module 10: Post-Show Etiquette 3:59

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Standards Addressed

Alberta, Canada

Technical Theatre/Design 10-20-30 - Management - House

2 - demonstrate knowledge of appropriate safety procedures

Technical Theatre/Design 10-20-30 - Management - Stage

2 - recognize and use basic technical theatre/design terminology

Technical Theatre/Design 10-20-30 - Management - Set

5 - demonstrate knowledge of appropriate safety procedures

British Columbia - 2018 (latest)

British Columbia, Canada

California VAPA Standards (2019)

Acc.TH:Pr4 Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

Acc.TH:Pr4.a - Discover how unique choices shape believable and sustainable drama/ theatre work.

Common Core

Georgia Performance Standards 2010 - Theatre Arts


TAHSFTII.5 - Directing by conceptualizing, organizing, and conducting rehearsals for performance
a. Analyzes the various aspects of directing
b. Recognizes directorial choices in performance
c. Describes the need for script analysis and concept development
d. Applies the process of directorial management
e. Distinguishes between effective and ineffective directorial choices
f. Formulates directorial questions (e.g., script choice, script analysis, audition and casting, planning and organizing, rehearsal, performance, evaluation)
g. Defends choice of script
h. Assesses acting and design elements of various scripts
i. Formulates a plan for rehearsal
j. Articulates the appropriate relationship between the actor, director and other theatre personnel (e.g., designers, technicians, managers)
k. Applies concepts of directorial design to performance

TAHSFTII.9 - Exploring the business of theatre
a. Lists and defines the skill sets for the various theatre arts careers
b. Charts the skills learned in theatre arts which transfer to the workplace
c. Applies the business elements of a production (e.g., creating a portfolio or resume, printing, advertising, budgeting)
d. Demonstrates awareness of the discipline, knowledge, skills, and education required for careers in theatre
e. Collects and displays samples of theatre portfolios
f. Creates and revises a cost-benefit analysis of a production
g. Critiques sample theatre portfolios
h. Demonstrates mastery of various areas of business elements of theatre
i. Performs the tasks of business theatre personnel during productions

Georgia Performance Standards 2017 - Theatre Arts

National Core Arts Standards

TH:Cr2.1: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Cr2.1.HSII.b - Cooperate as a creative team to make interpretive choices for a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr4.1: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Pr4.1.HSII.a - Discover how unique choices shape believable and sustainable drama/ theatre work.

Ontario, Canada

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Theatre Arts

MS 117.211 LI - Critical evaluation and response

C.5.A - identify and apply audience etiquette at all performances.

MS 117.213 LIII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

B.1.E - apply knowledge of theatrical vocabulary and terminology.

HS 117.316 LII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

C.1.F - relate the interdependence of all theatrical elements.

HS 117.317 LIII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

C.1.F - evaluate the interdependence of all theatrical elements.