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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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A Midsummer Night's Dream Character Warm-up

Use this exercise in the early days of rehearsal or even as part of your audition process. It allows students to get into the physical side of a character without having to worry about hitting the “thees” and “thous.” This works well with any Shakespeare play.

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Active Verb List

This 3 page list of active verbs will help to get action out of your actors in a scene. Encourage the actors to play both physically and vocally with the verb.

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Audition Advice

Four key steps to preparing for an audition are outlined in this guide that will help students prepare for auditions.

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Audition Toolkit

Auditions are more than just delivering that monologue: confidence, communication, active listening, flexibility, work ethic, and proper preparation all factor into the presentation. Use this toolkit to help your students present their best selves in an audition situation. The Audition Toolkit is divided into two sections:
1. Teachers
Articles on planning your own auditions and exercises to incorporate audition skill building into your program.
2. Students
Articles, tips, and technique sheets that you can print off and give directly to students for their own audition preparation. Most handouts come with a Reflection or exercise.

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Be Amazing In Two Minutes Or Less

An audition guide for student actors. Covers choosing, preparing, and performing monologues. Plus - how to process feedback.

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Becoming a Professional Actor: Acting School

Some professional actors attend an acting school after high school. Some don’t. Which is the right
path? Training is never a bad thing. But there’s no one answer to the kind of training a professional
actor needs.

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Becoming a Professional Actor: Avoiding Scams

Young actors fall prey to scams every day. They so want to be in the business, they’ll do anything to make it happen. Unfortunately there are many people out there who know this and will also do anything to get money out of the naive actor. Read this guide to learn how to avoid scams for actors starting out.

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Becoming a Professional Actor: Headshots and Resumes

Headshots and resumes are necessary. They say what you look like and what you’ve done. If you want to become a professional actor it’s important to know the ins and outs of both. Make them simple and straightforward. No bells and whistles. This guide has all your student actors need to know.

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Character Menu

This exercise is a way for students to show how well they know a character.

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Creating a Director's Vision

Where does a director start with a play? Start with questions. Use this series of analytical and conceptual questions on your chosen text.

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Devising

Recorded at the DTA Virtual Conference in July 2019, Amy Patel takes us through her devising process in the drama classroom.

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Directing Style Chart

This resource helps students and directors consider the style of a play: naturalism, epic theatre, classical/neoclassical, expressionism, surrealism, impressionism, romanticism, hyperrealism, and others.

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Duo Scene Information Sheet

Use this template to track a duo scene, including play details, character details, objectives, obstacles, tactics, and more.

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Getting Ready to Direct your First Virtual Play

Virtual productions are popping up everywhere now, specifically designed to be performed online, and they are a wonderful way to keep your students together and keep their love of theatre going – just in a different way. If you’re thinking about doing a virtual production, here are a few tips to help you on your way.

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How to do an Online Performance of a Play

Tips on doing an online performance using a video conferencing tool such as Zoom.

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How To Prepare a Theatrical Resume

Tips and tricks for preparing a Theatrical Resume - as well as a sample for students to start from.

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Learning Lines

Learning lines comes easy for some and not so easy for others. Download these exercises you can use with your students to get those lines down pat.

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Memorization Tips, Tricks and Techniques

It’s a question that comes up time and time again - How do I get my students to memorize their lines. What strategies do you use? Here are 7 strategies for students to use both on their own, and in rehearsal.

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Monologue Information Sheet

Use this template to track a monologue, including play details, character details, objectives, obstacles, tactics, and more.

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Participation/Positive Contribution Rehearsal Rubric

A rubric for a student to assess a partner's positive contribution and participation in rehearsals.

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Participation/Positive Contribution Rehearsal Rubric - Evaluator

This handout is designed for an evaluator to assess rehearsal participation and positive contribution. Two rubrics per page.

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Participation/Positive Contribution Rehearsal Rubric - Student Handout

This page is designed to be cut into four so each student has a small rubric to follow, for their participation and positive contribution to rehearsals.

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Poster: The Role of the Audience

A printable poster for your classroom - with some key reminders of the role of the audience.

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Poster: Theatre Audience Etiquette

A printable poster for your classroom or theatre - a few simple rules for theatre audience etiquette!

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Preparing For The First Day Of Rehearsal

A guide for student actors as they get ready to rehearse.

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Reflection Sheets

A set of six reflection worksheets to use in rehearsals, group activities, and performance.

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Rehearsal Exercises

When you’ve been working on a scene for class or within a play for a while, sometimes things get stale. You know there’s something wrong with the moment, but can’t figure out what it is or where to go. Try these rehearsal exercises to shake up scene work.

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Sample Rehearsal Schedule with Exercises

This is a sample six rehearsal schedule for a full length play. Use this as a model and modify according to your and your students' needs.

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Scene Self-Staging

Scene Self-Staging: Teaching Students to Block Theatrically & Independently provides an in-depth step-by-step process to help students master their scenes - from choosing a scene to script analysis to presentation.

All material is geared toward independent, student-driven staging - and you can be as involved or as hands-off as you wish. Assessment suggestions are provided for each step, or you can just use the Performance Rubric. Help your students stage their scenes to the best of their ability – and do it all without you!

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Scene Work: Where do I Start?

What steps should you take before you start rehearsals? Use this 8 step handout to get your students ready to rehearse.

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The Basics of Theatrical Performance

10 basics for performers to consider when evaluating their theatrical performance.

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The Five Keys every Actor Needs to Know

Learn the five keys that every actor needs to know when rehearsing a play - designed to help students to their best work.

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The Production Publicity Toolkit

In the school market, you rarely have a marketing budget. But you have a lot of resources for publicity. You have social media, your students, community outreach, and more. The Production Publicity Toolkit can help you create the awareness and attention your production deserves.

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The Student Director's Handbook

Help students take their show from first audition to opening night with The Student Director’s Handbook. This easy-to-use ebook is full of guidelines, tips and templates designed to help students create a vision, circumvent problems and organize rehearsals on their way to a successful production.

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What Does Your Character Want to DO?

The actor has to only ask one question—what does the character want to do? (Bill Ball, A Sense of Direction)
• The to-do part is essential. It leads to action, and action is at the core of the acting process.
• That’s why it’s called acting, not talking.
• The to-do provides the character with a purpose.
This resource offers a list of potential 'to-do's to apply to scene work.

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What STOPS Your Character?

Obstacles are the barriers and limitations the character must overcome to achieve their goal.
• Obstacles can be internal, such as emotional, psychological factors.
• External obstacles include an “other.”
• Obstacles are not limitations. Plays are about characters in conflict, characters in crisis.
• Obstacles spark creativity.
This worksheet helps actors define the obstacles in their scene work. What stops YOUR character?

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Who's Who in the Theatre?

This handout lists all of the roles and positions that make up a theatre company.

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