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2021 Back-to-School Drama Resources: A Complete List from Beat by Beat


Aug 21, 2021 Drama Games, Teaching Drama 0 Comments

  Below is a 2021 complete list of Beat by Beat resources for all your drama-related back-to-school needs. Whether you’re looking for lesson plans, monologues, remote theatre activities, or musicals to perform, we hope you’ll find something that will help you in the classroom this coming year. Free Stuff Drama Games Blog Over 130 free drama games and teaching tips How to [...]

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


Mar 27, 2019 Drama Games 2 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?


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


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


May 8, 2018 Drama Games , 8 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


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 [...]

Drama Game: MeYouYouMe Name Game


Jan 28, 2018 Drama Games , 1 Comment

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 [...]

Drama Game: Do Nothing


Jan 3, 2018 Drama Games 3 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 [...]

Drama Game: Clap, Snap, Stomp


Dec 3, 2017 Drama Games , 3 Comments

Type: Warm-Up, Focus Purpose: A simple game that requires focus and teamwork.  Procedure: 1. Have the class stand in a circle. 2. Count off around the circle “1, 2, 3”. (“1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, etc.”) 3. Do it again, but this time all the 1’s will be replaced by a snap of the fingers. (“snap, [...]

Drama Game: Moose!


Oct 18, 2017 Drama Games , 0 Comments

Type: Creativity, Improv Purpose: This fast-paced improv game helps students quickly be able to justify their actions in the middle of an improv. This game is best for slightly older students with some improv experience. Procedure: 1. Have the class stand in a circle. 2. Go around the circle having each student count off as “A” [...]