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FINALLY! A step-by-step guide to
teaching drama that works.

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“Thanks for the drama games, but how do I build them into fun effective lesson plans?”


We’ve got you covered.

Introducing Teaching Drama: The Essential Handbook, a 45-page eBook (PDF Download) packed with sixteen ready-to-go lessons plans that will transform the way you teach acting to kids!

Whether you’re a new drama teacher planning out your first year or an experienced teacher looking for refreshing new ideas, this resource will give you the tools you need to build your kids into incredible actors…guaranteed!


theater for kidsGo beyond drama games.

With this handbook you get:

✓  A semester’s worth of cumulative lessons that will turn your kids into real-deal actors.
✓  Notes on how to introduce basic acting concepts in a way kids will instantly understand.
✓  Customized activities for both “younger” and “older” kids.
✓  Tips and tools on easy ways to transition between activities and lessons.
✓  Games relevant to kids today like the “Facebook Character Profile”.
✓  Useful reflection and journaling exercises after every lesson.

How is this different from other drama teaching books?

lesson planWhen I first started teaching theatre, I knew there were tons of resources out there, but none of them seemed to give me the practical advice I needed on a lesson by lesson basis. What were the specific “tricks” and “tools” I could use to go beyond “having fun” to actually building better actors?

Eventually I realized the thing that was most helpful to me was to watch other amazing teachers in action. Nothing could replace the experience of being in the classroom and seeing what worked and what didn’t.

This eBook is designed to recreate that experience. I’ve condensed 10 years of experience (with over 20,000 students in the NYC public school system) into 16 lessons of drama teaching gold. After you’ve read through all the lessons, you should feel like you’ve sat in on an entire semester of observing an expert drama teacher introduce the basics of drama to a classroom of students.

Click here to preview the first lesson!

What skills will my students learn?

Below are just a few of the topics covered in the lessons:

✓  What is theatre? Students explore how theatre is the art of telling stories through live acting.
✓  Creating an Ensemble. Students learn to work together, build trust, and involved every member in a performance.
✓  Movement and Space. Students explore how pantomime and behavior help tell a story.
✓  Character Development. Students explore what makes characters unique and how to create compelling characters onstage.
✓  Objectives and Tactics. Students will think about the “why” behind every action.
✓  Voice. Students will understand the importance of articulation, projection and voice variation.
✓  Listening and Reacting. Students will understand how being present, listening and reacting are an important part of being an actor.
✓  Stage Directions and Blocking. Students will understand the “principles of blocking” and how to stage a scene without instruction.

And much more!

A resource you can trust.

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For over a decade author Denver Casado has worked as an arts educator with New York City’s leading theatre organizations including Disney TheatricalsNew York City Center and Young Audiences New York. Denver’s innovative approach to teaching theater to kids has resulted in invitations to speak at national conferences including the American Association of Community Theatre and the American Alliance for Theatre Education. He is a recipient of the All Stars Project’s Phyllis Hyman award for his work inspiring New York City youth through theatre.

Since launching in April 2011, Beat by Beat Press has helped thousands of directors and teachers in over 55 countries bring exciting new theatre to their communities.

Over 55,000 teachers a month visit Beat by Beat’s website for high-quality drama resources. You can feel confident that the materials you receive are top notch.


Get even more.

Our gift to you. When you purchase Teaching Drama: The Essential Handbook, as an added bonus you’ll receive our popular Drama Games for Kids eBook for FREE ($14.95 value)! The Drama Games for Kids eBook contains every drama game and article on our popular drama games blog (over 111 games) in a printable PDF document (118-pages). You’ll never run out of things to do in the classroom.

30-Day Money Back Guarantee. We’re confident this eBook will lead you to drama teaching success. If for any reason you’re not satisfied with the book, call or email us within 30 days and we’ll refund every penny immediately.

It shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to get the tools you need to become a drama teaching machine. Professional development workshops with Beat by Beat educators can cost up to $1,000 a day. Other drama teaching resources on the internet charge $37/month subscriptions fees that total $444 a year.

Teaching Drama: The Essential Handbook (a practical guide you can start using tomorrow) can be downloaded instantly for only $20.

Click the link below to download your copy of Teaching Drama: The Essential Handbook
plus a FREE copy of the Drama Games for Kids eBook ($34.95 total value)

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Join thousands of drama teachers who are already
enjoying Teaching Drama: The Essential Handbook!

“Because of your Beat by Beat Press 16 ready to go lesson plans, and drama games handbook..I have been asked back for a second year after successfully winning over staff and students at a prestigious Montessori School on their 20th year anniversary!! THANK YOU.”

June 9, 2015

“This book has saved me SO much time planning my drama classes. The best part was how the activities were organized into acting “concepts”…I used this as the basis for my classes then added my own spin on things. It would’ve taken me weeks to plan out the same thing. Thank you!!”

J. Bell
April 30, 2014

“Amazingly helpful! A huge gift for someone trying to get a drama club going in a middle school setting. Full of great suggestions and easy to digest format.”

Ricarda Chin
April 1, 2015

“Chock full of ideas. Basic, essential, and clear. Not every drama teacher will want to follow the plans to the letter, but this book is chock full of ideas to get you started.”

George R. Filieau
September 6, 2014

“I’m so glad I bought this book to help with my drama program! It really helped me to get different ideas on what activities to do with the children.”

March 21, 2015

“Absolutely LOVE this little book. I was worried at first because it was shorter than I expected, but it is PACKED with good stuff. I will use this every week with my Fundamentals of Drama class. Activities have a purpose-which I love – they are not just random activities to occupy the class. I know my kids will love what I take from this book as well.”

August 8, 2015

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Looking for musical theatre lesson plans? Check out the new follow-up book Teaching Musical Theatre: The Essential Handbook by the same best-selling author!

Written by Denver Casado