Teaching Drama Online / Remotely
A Growing List of FREE Tools & Resources for Distance Learning
As schools and theatre programs deal with closures due to COVID-19, we thought it would be useful to begin compiling a list of online resources to help keep your drama programs running. This list has been curated by the Beat by Beat Team. For even more distance learning content, check out Teaching Theatre Online, a 182-page eBook with step-by-step lesson plans for your virtual camps and classes.
REMOTE DRAMA ACTIVITIES
THEATRE VIDEO CONTENT
Digital Theatre Plus
Watch full plays and musicals, masterclasses, lesson toolkits…
American Theatre Wing (YouTube Channel)
Performances and interviews featuring Broadway’s top talent.
World’s best storytellers reading children’s stories aloud.
On the Boards
Contemporary performance films free through April.
GENERAL ONLINE TEACHING TIPS/ARTICLES
GENERAL ONLINE TEACHING RESOURCES
Scholastic Learn at Home
Free daily activities categorized by grade level.
VIRTUAL CHILDREN’S MUSICAL
VIDEO CONFERENCING TOOLS
Let’s Make a Musical
Beat by Beat’s 27-episode podcast that documents the creation of Press Start!
Exploration of the groundbreaking show.
Interviews with actors and other theater professionals about their Broadway and off-Broadway endeavors.
American Theatre Wing – Downstage Center
Although no longer updated, contains an incredible archive of high-quality interviews with theatre creators.
The Producer’s Perspective Podcast
Interviews with onstage and behind the scenes Broadway talent by Ken Davenport.
TECHNICAL THEATRE RESOURCES
Intro to Set Design (YouTube 50 Minutes)
Covers the basics of stage spaces, the set design process, elements and principles of design, with an activity at the end.
Introducing Teaching Theatre Online, a new resource with step-by-step lesson plans and over 250 distance learning activities.