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Teaching Improv: How do I help students create specific environments within their scenes?

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Mar 27, 2019 Drama Games 0 Comments

  “My students are very vague when it comes to object and environment work. How do I get them to make more specific choices?” This is a common problem when teaching beginning improv. The above video is a great game to play to address this issue. Here’s how it works: Improv Game: Creating Obstacles 1. Remind students [...]

Teaching Improv: How do I help students make their scenes more interesting?

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Mar 24, 2019 Drama Games 3 Comments

“My students get stuck fixating on one thing in a scene and the scene doesn’t go anywhere…help!” This a common problem when working with beginners in improv. Remind your students that all good stories have a conflict and that the conflict often gets worse and worse before the climax. Play the following game to get [...]

Drama Game: Emotional Quadrants

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Jul 25, 2018 Drama Games 4 Comments

Type: Creativity Purpose: An active way to allow students to explore a range of emotions. Procedure: 1. Create a cross in the center of the playing area. This can be done with jump ropes, chairs, chalk, etc. The goal is to make it clear there are four distinct quadrants that the students will pass through as they walk around [...]

Drama Game: Affect the Player

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May 8, 2018 Drama Games , 5 Comments

Type:  Creativity, Improv Purpose: A useful game that will help students explore objective and tactics. Most appropriate for slightly older students. Prep: Write a list of feelings up on the board (provided at the bottom of this post) Procedure: 1. Divide the students into pairs (preferably random pairs.) 2. Tell the students that you will give them [...]

Drama Game: The Truth About Me

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Mar 19, 2018 Drama Games 2 Comments

Type: Ensemble Building Purpose: Participants share truths about themselves in order to find commonalities amongst the group. This game is suggested for slightly older actors. Materials Needed: Painter’s Tape or Post-It Notes Procedure: 1. Give each student a small piece of painter’s tape or a post-it note. To start, each person must stand at a [...]

New Play for Middle & High School Coming February 5th, 2018

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Jan 31, 2018 4 Comments

  We’re kicking off the new year with a big announcement… On Monday, February 5th, 2018 we’re releasing our first ever play for middle- and high-school age actors. The play is a riveting drama about a bullying incident that occurs on a high school campus. It explores perspective and empathy. Soon we’ll reveal the title and artwork… But [...]

Drama Game: MeYouYouMe Name Game

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Jan 28, 2018 Drama Games , 0 Comments

Purpose: A fun, quick game to help learn the names of everyone in the class. Procedure: 1. Have the students stand in a single line. 2. The 1st student in line (i.e. Marc) turns to the 2nd student in line (i.e. Rachel) and initiates the following script (taken from the name of the game, Me You You [...]

VIDEO: Tony Nominee Mentions Beat by Beat Musicals on Late Night with Seth Meyers

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Jan 12, 2018 0 Comments

We just had a I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened moment! Patrick Wilson was a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers and chatted about what it was like for him and his wife to direct their kids’ elementary school musical. When the Tony-nominated Broadway actor was asked about which shows he and his wife have chosen to do, he [...]

Drama Game: Do Nothing

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Jan 3, 2018 Drama Games 2 Comments

Type: Warm-Up Purpose: This game fits in a category that I call minimalism :)  Extremely simple, yet effective at focusing a class and having a bit of fun in the beginning of a session. Procedure: 1. Have the class stand in a circle. 2. Tell them (with a wink) you are about to introduce to them a [...]

Putting on a Show: How do I get my kids excited about a musical they’ve never heard of?

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Dec 19, 2017 Arts Education, Children's Plays, Children's Theatre, Plays for Kids, Putting on a Show, Teaching Drama 0 Comments

The spring musical is around the corner…whoo hoo! This is the time when drama and music teachers have a chance to shine.  A chance to put up a show your kids will never forget. But this time of year can also come with a lot of questions… For experienced drama teachers, how do you keep [...]