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For visual learners who follow The Drama Teacher, why not explore the wonders of theatre on Justin Cash’s Pinterest page? So much of drama education can be learned or enhanced visually – theatres of the ancient world, lighting designs, pictures of famous practitioners, scenic designs, make-up, masks, show posters, costumes, and...

Freewriting and Stream of Consciousness for Drama Scripts

Freewriting If your drama course involves any degree of student scripting for self-devised pieces of work, then you are more than likely to have encountered students who struggle to put pen to paper. Often students become self-conscious or anxious about their ability to write dramatic scripts. Others procrastinate with...

Revenge Tragedy Unit for Drama

Roman Drama The origins of revenge tragedy date back to Roman philosopher Seneca (4 BC – AD 65) who wrote a small number of closet dramas (plays intended to be read, not performed). Senecan tragedy typically involved elements of revenge via the supernatural, which later appealed to the tastes...

Accelerated Progression in Drama

To accelerate, or not to accelerate: that is the question. Student acceleration, or accelerated progression, can take a number of forms. For the purposes of this post, I am focusing on students undertaking studies in drama and/or theatre a full year ahead of their regular subjects. As many readers...

Were This Year’s Tony Awards Only a Superficial Nod to Diversity?

As predicted, the star of the 2016 Tony Awards was “Hamilton,” which took home 11 trophies. Compared with the 2016 Academy Awards, the 2016 Tony Awards were far more reflective of our multiracial society. Out of 40 acting nominees in plays and musicals, 14 – 35 percent – were...

Surrealism: Theatre Conventions

Emerging out of the Dada movement, Surrealism was more prominent in the visual than performing arts. In the theatre, surrealist works contained elements of both symbolism and non-realism. Performed mainly on the stages of Paris in the 1920s, surrealist dramas were often met with hostility and proved to be anything but mainstream...

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