New musical plays for kids and teaching drama resources.

Sample Daily Schedules for Kids at Home During School Closures

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Mar 15, 2020 Remote Drama Activities 0 Comments

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8 Simple Tips for Teaching Online

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Mar 13, 2020 Remote Drama Activities 4 Comments

Written by Marshall Jones, posted to the Facebook Group: Theatre Education Distance Learning (Resource Sharing and Support Network) I taught my first online class in 1995. I teach online and teach others to teach online. I do research in online learning. If you find yourself suddenly teaching online, here are some pro tips for you: 1. [...]

Remote Drama Activity: Digital Talent Show

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Mar 13, 2020 Remote Drama Activities , 12 Comments

Contributed by Brittany Schmutzler on the Facebook Group Theatre Education Distance Learning (Resource Sharing and Support Network). Edited by Beat by Beat Press. This activity could provide an amazing opportunity to build relationships, courage & cultivate creativity in the midst of a challenging situation.  Send an email similar to the one below about creating a Digital [...]

Beat by Beat Response to COVID-19

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Mar 12, 2020 0 Comments

Theatre is about community. Beat by Beat’s role has always been to enrich the lives of young performers all over the world. It’s about giving teachers the tools to run a successful drama program, and ensuring a rewarding experience for performers, crew, and audiences. With that as our guide and in response to COVID-19, we [...]

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

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Mar 27, 2019 Drama Games 1 Comment

  “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 , 6 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 [...]