Theatre & the Classroom: Theatre History, Literature & Les Misérables, Part Two

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In the classroom, teachers can focus on numerous topics in relationship to Les Misérables. In Part Two of our consideration of Les Misérables, we’ll look at a few of the many areas, themes, and subjects that you can investigate with

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Advanced Directing Technique: Insights for Actors through Storytelling, Part II

Directors need to help actors connect.

In the first installment of this two-part series on Insights for Actors through Storytelling, I discussed why and how I developed this directorial technique. We also considered the foundation elements that are a part of this directing method. It’s interesting

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Teaching Lorraine Hansberry’s Classic Drama A Raisin in the Sun

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A Raisin in the Sun premiered on Broadway on March 11, 1959. To the surprise of many, the play became a huge success, earning four Tony nominations, the New York Critic’s Circle Award for Best play, and running for two

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Classroom Teaching: Theatre, Subtext and Understanding Plays

Understanding subtext allows actors to make connections.

When teaching a play written in verse you find that overall the characters say what’s on their minds. Shakespeare, Sophocles, Racine and others don’t utilize what we call subtext. But when dealing with plays written from around the time of

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Classroom and Rehearsal: Mask Work Can Free the Actor’s Body

Masks make for insights for actors.

Working with masks offers various challenges to young actors. This is because masks take away one of an actor’s primary methods of communication- facial expression. But it also works to free the body. Here are some suggestions on how to

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Side Coaching Exercise for Actors: How to Use It, Benefits for Actors

Use side coaching in scene work.

  You can use this side coaching exercise when working with actors in class or on a show. Side coaching can be useful in a few ways. Primarily, it gets performers to act and react without thinking. That is to develop and

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Reader’s Theatre in the Classroom: Part 2, Reading Rock Stars

Skill development, reading comprehension, and problem solving are all fostered by the arts.

I found inspiration for the following Reader’s Theatre activity at www.readwritethink.org. Visit this site to discover ways in which you can expand the following activity, for links, and even more Reader’s Theatre ideas to use in the classroom! Reading Rock

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Reader’s Theatre in the Classroom: Part I, The Basics

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What It Is Reader’s Theatre is a fun approach for developing reading confidence in children. It engages kids to engage in oral reading by reading characters in scripts that has been developed from a short story or novel. It is

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The Dynamics of Classroom Playwriting and Reading Aloud, Part II

Play writing offers various challenges.

In the first part of this two part series, we discussed some of the benefits of playwriting in the classroom, how teachers can get basic playwriting training and how to use playwriting exercises when teaching. Plays by their very nature

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Teaching Lessons in Scenic Design: Art from Nothing

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I am positive that every scenic designer in the U.S. reading this blog understands the drill: Carefully read the script. Discuss it with the director. Do your research. Take time to conceptualize. Repeat. The process involves engaging in these steps

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Teaching Spanish in the Classroom through Theatre

Connecting with a foreign language through theatre adds some interesting challenges.

What better way is there to apply the Spanish language and culture in the classroom than through theatre? It definitely helps to have classes where the students engage in traditional learning, such as writing down Spanish vocabulary, watching movies in

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Teaching Mathematics in the Classroom through Theatre

Using theatre in the classroom to teach math can enliven lessons.

Using theatre as a means to teach mathematical subjects makes class more interesting and enables greater learning for students. Theatrical approaches can be used for other educational subjects too, but as a former student who struggled in trying to understanding

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Creative Drama for the Classroom: Life & Three Entrances Activity

This activity is based on the Three Entrances exercise in Uta Hagen's book Respect for Acting.

  Many solid acting exercises are simply an extension of or associated with everyday life. That’s certainly the case with the Three Entrances activity in this blog which was inspired by Uta Hagen’s Three Entrances acting exercise. Here’s a considered

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Matilda: From Books To Broadway!

Matilda the Musical Broadway offers students positive messages

  The Magic of Matilda Matilda is a magical musical, mesmerizing imaginative young minds. If you are an educator who has read the original book by Roald Dahl, or seen the 1996 movie directed by Danny DeVito starring the young

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The Dynamics of Classroom Playwriting and Reading Aloud, Part I

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Why Dramatic Writing and Reading? Playwriting can be a useful tool in active learning, especially if you take the stance that plays are meant to be heard and seen and not simply read silently by individuals. Just about any subject

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