Items tagged "Rehearsal"

4 Courses, 1 Lesson Plan, 31 Resources, and 4 PLCs tagged "Rehearsal" for Drama Teachers.


From Audition to Curtain Call: Directing Youth Theatre

by Steven Stack

Directing youth theatre can be one of the most thrilling, rewarding, and exhausting jobs there is – because it’s not just about staging a play. It’s about creating an environment that fosters hard work, dedication, trust, and the willingness to take chances, to “play without fear.” As a writer/teacher/director of youth theatre for over 15 years, I have developed tools and strategies that enable my students and me to focus on the process of creating theatre while fostering an environment that leads to creative freedom and a cohesive groups that doesn't act as individual “stars,” but as a community of one. In this course, I will share with you these tips and strategies, along with the ways to implement them in your theatre environment.

Serious Play: Theatre Games and Warmups for Rehearsal and Ensemble Building

by Todd Espeland

In this class, Serious Play, the instructor will lead you through a series of games in risk, movement, focus, and voice. You will get access to a series of all inclusive games that you can string together to make one giant game that is great to use in rehearsal. You will learn how and when to use these games. You'll get ideas on how to craft your own warm-up lesson plan; and, most importantly, you'll learn about about a pre-class warm-up that you can do on your own so that you can get yourself into that third stage of the creative brain, so that you can begin trying out interesting, creative, and risky choices for yourself in your classes and in rehearsals.

Introduction to Stage Management Part One

by Karen Loftus

In this course, instructor Karen Loftus explores the responsibilities of a stage manager. You'll learn exercises that will help you demonstrate those responsibilities and the necessary skills of a stage manager to your students. You'll learn how to train your students to serve as stage managers for your school’s productions. The course takes you through what a stage manager does prior to rehearsal and throughout the rehearsal and performance process to have a smooth-running backstage. It includes learning about the paperwork required, including prompt scripts, rehearsal preparations, notating blocking, and a stage manager’s kit and checklist to wrap it all together.

Beyond the Basics: Rehearsal Strategies to Grow Your Actors

by Julie Hartley

The focus of the teacher-director should be not only on the quality of the show, but on the value of the experience offered to student actors. This course takes you on this journey through practical rehearsal strategies that apply an ensemble approach. This course starts with those all important first rehearsals, explores warm ups, and looks at character development. We examine specific types of plays, like classical texts and comedy, and conclude with strategies to solve common rehearsal problems. Go beyond the basics!

Lesson Plans

Stage Managers in Rehearsal

by Karen Loftus

Stage Managers have numerous responsibilities in the production process. This lesson will focus in on the things a stage manager does prior to and during blocking rehearsal from preparing for rehearsal, to taking blocking notation, to communicating important notes to other members of the production.


A Pause for Pauses

Pauses serve a great purpose in theatre. What's not being said in that pause? Here's an acting exercise to use in rehearsal.

Drama Teacher Tune Up

Take a Drama Teacher Tune Up! We look at including mask work in the classroom, the rehearsal process, classroom management, and playwriting.

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.

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.

Drama Teacher Tune-Up 2

Our second Drama Teacher Tune Up! We look at including mask work in the classroom, Shakespeare, Close Reading, and Classroom Management..

Reflection Sheets

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Poster: Theatre Audience Etiquette

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

Participation/Positive Contribution Rehearsal Rubric

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

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.

Participation/Positive Contribution Rehearsal Rubric - Evaluator

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

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.

Who's Who in the Theatre?

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

00 - Overview

The overview includes a table of contents outlining all of the resources in the Rehearsal Toolkit.

01 - The First Few Rehearsals

A guideline for starting rehearsals off on the right foot, including setting goals, expectations, and alternative strategies.

02 - Creating the Pre-Rehearsal Warmup

This resource includes a variety of warmup ideas for rehearsal, including physical warmups, vocal warmups, creativity warmups, and focus warmups.

03 - How Do We Keep Student Actors Invested in Rehearsal?

The more you can invest your actors in the process of creation, the more they will stay engaged and interested throughout rehearsals. This resource explores alternatives to the traditional rehearsal process as well as alternatives to traditional blocking methods.

04 - Character Development

One of the biggest challenges directors face when working with inexperienced actors is the need to find creative ways to guide their character development. This resource includes exercises you can work into your rehearsals.

05 - Strategies for Rehearsing a Classical Play

This resource addresses the challenge of classical texts, by exploring how practical drama activities can help students better identify with the complexity of the language.

06 - Strategies for Rehearsing Comedy

If you are staging a comedy or a comedic scene, then you need to provide opportunities for your cast to play and laugh together at the beginning of rehearsals to encourage a spirit of light-hearted exploration and discovery. This resources helps you to adapt well-known activities to meet your needs, depending on the type of comedy you need to explore.

07 - Common Rehearsal Challenges

This resources includes ideas and activities to address issues when the cast is struggling, or passion and commitment start to falter.

08 - Final Rehearsals

The final rehearsals before a show meets its audience are probably among the most critical. This resources includes exercises to help students become familiar with their production as a complete whole.

Duo Scene Information Sheet

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

Monologue Information Sheet

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

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.

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?


Rock your next Rehearsal

Hosted by Matt Webster & Jeremy Bishop

Your rehearsal questions and challenges addressed! Hosted by DTA instructors Matt Webster and Lindsay Price, and special guest - DTA member and teacher Jeremy Bishop. Recorded on October 20, 2015 at 8pm.

Production Pitfalls

Hosted by Matt Webster, Jeremy Bishop, and Heather Brandon

Production Pitfalls. We all know about how much fun the ups are, but how do we deal with the downs when we’re producing a play? What production pitfalls do YOU need help with? What was your biggest production-related frustration this year? The discussion is led by Matt Webster, one of our awesome DTA instructors. Joining us are two DTA members: Jeremy Bishop and Heather Brandon. Recorded June 25, 2015

Planning Your Best Rehearsal

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price, Karen Loftus, Claire Broome

A solid rehearsal process is the foundation of every successful show. How can you design your rehearsals to get the maximum result from your limited time? Our panel will bring their best rehearsal tactics and problem-solving strategies.

Online Rehearsal Strategies

Hosted by Matt Webster, Lindsay Price, Gai Jones, Quincy Young

Theatre teachers and their students are ready and eager to rehearse their fall shows. There's just one problem: How do you have a rehearsal when nobody is in the same room?? Holding a virtual rehearsal raises a lot of questions - Should the entire cast be called? Are warm ups really necessary? Can your stage manager work in virtual break- out rooms with small groups? And what time of day (or night) might work best for maximum involvement? It's a whole new world of rehearsal, so we will explore these and other pressing questions in this vital PLC.

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