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.
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.
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.
An interview with Lauren Carr - discussing alternative performance options.
Four key steps to preparing for an audition are outlined in this guide that will help students prepare for auditions.
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:
Articles on planning your own auditions and exercises to incorporate audition skill building into your program.
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.
An audition guide for student actors. Covers choosing, preparing, and performing monologues. Plus - how to process feedback.
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
Tips for student actors when looking for an agent.
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.
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.
Tips for becoming a professional actor.
In these times, it’s important to know if the BIPOC play you want to do can be livestreamed, recorded, or performed virtually. We’ve put together a list of plays and playwrights with all that information.
As with all classroom material, it is incumbent on the instructor to familiarize themselves with the material before introducing it to their classes. Read the plays first to make sure they fit within any district guidelines with regard to language and subject matter.
Every year we see top ten lists containing the most popular plays performed by students and studied in the drama classroom. Shakespeare makes the list every year. So does Arthur Miller. Some say that Our Town is performed every day of the year.
What is decidedly lacking from these lists are Black and Latinx plays and playwrights. These playwrights are writing and have been writing plays for years tackling the same themes as those on these top ten lists. The Theatrefolk Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Panel has assembled suggestions to include on your list for production and classroom study.
Use this profile to explore the details of your masked character.
This exercise is a way for students to show how well they know a character.
Where does a director start with a play? Start with questions. Use this series of analytical and conceptual questions on your chosen text.
Recorded at the DTA Virtual Conference in July 2019, Amy Patel takes us through her devising process in the drama classroom.
This resource helps students and directors consider the style of a play: naturalism, epic theatre, classical/neoclassical, expressionism, surrealism, impressionism, romanticism, hyperrealism, and others.
Use this list as a discussion starter for your students, or as a point of reference for your next production.
Use this template to track a duo scene, including play details, character details, objectives, obstacles, tactics, and more.
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.
Tips on doing an online performance using a video conferencing tool such as Zoom.
Tips and tricks for preparing a Theatrical Resume - as well as a sample for students to start from.
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.
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.
Use this template to track a monologue, including play details, character details, objectives, obstacles, tactics, and more.
A rubric for a student to assess a partner's positive contribution and participation in rehearsals.
This handout is designed for an evaluator to assess rehearsal participation and positive contribution. Two rubrics per page.
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.
A printable poster for your classroom - with some key reminders of the role of the audience.
A printable poster for your classroom or theatre - a few simple rules for theatre audience etiquette!
A guide for student actors as they get ready to rehearse.
This resource is a of plays in the Public Domain by BIPOC writers, including links as to where you can find the texts. Any translations included are also in the Public Domain. Not all texts are available in an English translation but we have included them in their original language. We have included cautions, but as always, please make sure you read/review the scripts before sharing with your students.
This resource is a list of poems and short stories in the Public Domain by BIPOC writers including links as to where you can find the texts. Any translations included are also in the Public Domain. Not all texts are available in an English translation but we have included them in their original language. Please make sure you read/review the texts before sharing with your students.
A set of six reflection worksheets to use in rehearsals, group activities, and performance.
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.
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.
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!
What steps should you take before you start rehearsals? Use this 8 step handout to get your students ready to rehearse.
10 basics for performers to consider when evaluating their theatrical performance.
Learn the five keys that every actor needs to know when rehearsing a play - designed to help students to their best work.
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.
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.
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.
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?