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1 Course, 3 Units, 5 Lesson Plans, 14 Resources, and 1 PLC tagged "Bipoc" for Drama Teachers.

Courses

Approaching Drama Class with an Indigenous Perspective

by Allison Green

This course is led by Allison Green, a member of the Algonquin Band of Mattawa, and a drama and social sciences teacher in Northern Ontario, Canada. She believes that drama teachers should look at their teaching through an Indigenous lens for a few reasons:

- It is time in North America to take a conscientious look at Indigenous people’s approach to learning and teaching.
- For our Indigenous students, it’s important to see themselves in materials, activities, and classroom routines.
- It is also valuable for our non-Indigenous students to see and better understand the diverse nature of the creative process and ways of seeing our world through this lens.

This course aims to help teachers see their drama class through an Indigenous lens - by exploring the learning circle, culturally responsive approaches, and Indigenous pedagogy.

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Units

Indigenous Storytelling: Learning Circle Format

by Allison Green

This Indigenous Storytelling unit is brought to you in a different format than a traditional lesson plan. It uses a learning circle format. It was developed by Allison Green, a member of the Algonquin Band of Mattawa Ontario, who is also the author and instructor of the DTA course Approaching Drama Class with an Indigenous Perspective.

Students will discuss origin stories, research the background and land connection of a variety of Indigenous creation stories, create a plot graph of their story, share with the class what they have learned, and then retell the story in their own words. Once students have practiced this process, they will repeat the steps with an Abenaki creation story: Research | Recreate | Understand.

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Decolonizing Monologues

by Nicholas Pappas

In this unit, students will write a monologue authentic to their unique voice rather than to a Eurocentric canon model. We are going to decolonize the monologue. The goal in decolonizing monologues is to be inclusive of all voices in the classroom and to allow those voices to grow out of the unique style and cultural background of every student.

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Unit 1: Before and Beyond Ancient Greek Theatre

by Drama Teacher Academy

In the study of theatre history, when we discuss the origins of theatre, most start with the Ancient Greeks. Unit 1 of this curriculum will look at the theatre of Ancient Egypt, Sanskrit drama, and Indigenous storytelling.

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Lesson Plans

The Problematic Use of Brownfacing in Film

by Quincy Young

Students will view examples of Brownface in film and use critical thinking skills to annotate a text about the issues of Brownface in the film West Side Story. Students will then produce a written reflection on why the use of Brownface in the 1961 film version of West Side story is problematic and
offer their opinion on why it perpetuates a negative stereotype of the Latinx community.

Includes options for distance learning delivery.

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Close Reading Analysis of Monologue: Not Again

by Quincy Young

Close reading requires students to analyze a text more thoroughly then they might naturally be inclined to, and because of this, students will be required to read the text three times. The first reading focuses on what the text says, the second reading focuses on how the text works, and the third engages students in evaluating the text, comparing it with other texts, or thinking about its implications in their lives in relation to the text.

This lesson applies the close reading technique to analyze a BIPOC-centred theatrical text.

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The History of Blackface in Theatre

by Quincy Young

Students will read an article about the history of blackface in American Theatre and use critical thinking skills to annotate the article. Students will then produce a written reflection on why the use of blackface was and continues to be a problematic issue in American Theatre.

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Play Analysis of The Post Office by Rabindranath Tagore

by Quincy Young

Students will begin the lesson by applying research skills to produce a mini-project presentation on author Rabindranath Tagore, his work as a playwright, and themes explored in his play The Post Office. Students will read the play with an analytical eye and rehearse a scene to perform as a staged reading.

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Part 3: Indigenous Storytelling

by Drama Teacher Academy

This Indigenous Storytelling unit is brought to you in a different format than a traditional lesson plan. It uses a learning circle format. It was developed by Allison Green, a member of the Algonquin Band of Mattawa, Ontario.

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Resources

Masterclass with Jordan Hughes: Starting a Career in the Arts After College

Masterclass is a series of one-on-one interviews with experts, creators and innovators in the world of Theatre that you can study in-depth, or share with your classes. Think of this series as ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’ for Drama Teachers.

This masterclass is with Jordan Hughes, a graduate with a BFA in Drama, from NYU Tisch Drama School. Matt Webster chats with her about finding a career in the arts after college.

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Latinx Plays and Playwrights

This spreadsheet provides plays, playwrights, cast sizes, descriptions and more for Latinx plays and playwrights.

CAUTION: not all of these plays are going to be suitable for all classrooms. Anything to be aware of is marked and plays should be reviewed before
sharing with students.

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Masterclass with Vincent Terrell Durham: Playwriting

Masterclass is a series of one-on-one interviews with experts, creators and innovators in the world of Theatre that you can study in-depth, or share with your classes. Think of this series as ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’ for Drama Teachers.

This masterclass is with Vincent Terrell Durham, a playwright who first honed his storytelling skills as a standup comic in comedy clubs across the country. Matt Webster chats with him about his journey in becoming a playwright.

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Public Domain BIPOC Plays

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.

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Public Domain BIPOC Short Stories

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.

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Posters: Quotes from Black Voices

A set of posters with quotes from Black voices. Use these to inspire your students in the drama classroom and beyond.

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Bringing Black and Latinx Plays & Playwrights into the Drama Classroom

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.

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Do's and Don'ts for Producing BIPOC Plays

Use this list as a discussion starter for your students, or as a point of reference for your next production.

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BIPOC Quotes

Quotes from BIPOC voices, organized in categories. Use these to inspire your students in the drama classroom and beyond.

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BIPOC Streaming Shows

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.

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Black Theatre Artists

This document contains a collection of quotes, notable works, awards and bio information for Black theatre artists in a variety of fields. Activity suggestions included.

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Posters: BIPOC Quotes

A set of posters with quotes from BIPOC voices. Use these to inspire your students in the drama classroom and beyond. A slide deck version is also included.

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Protest and Art Resource

Students can explore the history of protest and how art has played a role in protest. They can examine different protest plays and protest art to discuss how art is political. What are the creatives behind the art trying to say? Why was it created? Students can examine what other artists have done and what change is happening in the entertainment world now. While analyzing art students should be asking: Why this? Why now? Use the activities in this resource to discover how to respond to political art and how to identify works of protest.

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BIPOC Casting Directors and Producers

This list compiles names of casting directors and producers of colors who are doing the work to make change. BIPOC students do not have to go into the room and try to be anything or prove themselves to white producers. They should be able to see themselves behind the table. As we work on equity and inclusion think about who is behind the table. Discuss what can be done to create change. How can we create equitable and representative spaces for BIPOC students not just on the stage but behind the table as well? This list makes it known that BIPOC students can be producers and can be casting directors. There is room for us all at the table.

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PLCs

Bringing Black History into the Theatre Classroom

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price, Kimberly Thompson, Quincy Young

Now more than ever, theatre are teachers looking for ways to expand their history curriculum to include BIPOC issues and cultural awareness. Many theatre teachers are looking to include more diverse history materials to enrich discussions with their students. That's why we want to invite you to a PLC where we explore content and share ideas that will help you bring Black History into your theatre classroom. Join us for this insightful and exciting conversation!

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