About

justin-cashThe Drama Teacher is a blog created and maintained by Justin Cash and is packed with resources for drama and theatre teachers at all levels of education.

Its home is Melbourne, Australia, but most of the information on this website will be relevant to you no matter where you teach drama as the basics of our profession are common to us all, regardless of geography or curriculum.

Here you’ll find posts that are reflective, academic and personal. If you love teaching drama, then make The Drama Teacher your home away from home. You can read about the joys and frustrations of teaching the best subject in the world and share stories with others by commenting on posts on this blog.

Whether you’re a graduate drama teacher, a highly experienced educator or someone in-between, we never stop learning. On this site you’ll find:

  • definitions to dozens of theatrical genres and styles from farce to naturalism and everything in-between
  • drama and theatre lesson plan ideas for the classroom
  • industry news from Broadway, West End theatre and Australia
  • casual musings about the joys and frustrations of teaching Drama
  • additional resources such as Theatresports™ games, the elements of drama and stagecraft ideas
  • links to great theatre websites from across the globe

You are encouraged to add your comments to this blog, located at the bottom of every post.

Justin Cash currently teaches most levels of Drama at a large secondary Catholic girls’ school in Melbourne. He is also a past president of Drama Victoria, the largest Drama teachers’ association in Australia.

36 comments on “About

  1. Justin I find this website helpful – thanks for sharing.

  2. this is an excellent website! please don’t stop running it!

  3. Hi Justin, not sure if this is the best way to leave a message so let me know. I have a story about Cebu Pacific that will make you smile.

    Regards
    Ian

  4. Hi Justin,

    This is an amazing resource! Thank-you for sharing your knowledge and experiences so freely.

    I am a fellow Melbournian and member of DramaVic starting up a new Drama department.

    Do you have a twitter account that you post to regularly?

    Amber

    • Thank you Amber for your kind comments. Unfortunately, I don’t use Twitter. Maybe I should start tweeting?

      Justin

  5. I just found this site and I am very glad! I am passionate about theater. I have my degree in theater, was a member of a theater company (as an intern), lived in NYC trying to get “discovered”, and now find myself being a first year high school drama teacher!!! I haven’t even started digging into this site, but just from the first glance, I know I will be in for some wonderful resources and recommendations!!

    • Never a dull day in the land of drama teaching, Laura! You’ll love it (I hope!). If I knew of a more rewarding profession than teaching drama, this website wouldn’t exist. Nothing beats drama teaching. It’s a wonderful career. Buckle in and enjoy the ride!

      • I am ready for the wonderful ride! A bit nervous…I have been teaching for the last 5 years, in a middle school and as a Spanish teacher. So classroom management, lesson planning and all that entails…well I am up for the challenge. It is all the other stuff…the directing and the vortex of time that I know I will be finding myself in. Thanks for the welcome!

  6. Very resourceful information – thank you for sharing. Completing final draft on a screenplay and needed info on Drama Teacher – as one of the characters is a English/Drama Teacher.

    You’re the best!!

  7. I want to know more about drama ,i am new to this but i know i can learn something about my favourite subject drama

  8. Hi Justin,
    I am currently teaching my year 11 students the play ‘Stolen’ and I was wondering if you know of any theatre companies that does performances at schools because it would be extremely beneficial for the students to see it live.
    thanks,

    Jenny

  9. Tracey Rule-Grech

    March 1, 2012 at 9:38 am Reply

    Hi Justin, just wondering if there was any chance of you coming out to my school to critique my yr 12 Drama ensemble. At the Drama conference teachers from Our Lady of Mercy College shared that they had got other teachers to come in and critique their kids and how incredibly benefitial it had been. So I thought I’d aim for the top and ask you. I told my kids that I was going to ask you and because they use Justin’s theatre links they were excited. I’m not intending to twist your arm just explain why some random teacher is contacting you. Our school is in Doreen 10 mins nth of Greensborough. I teach at Plenty Valley Plenty Christian College I have 5 students and the Ensemble performance is on Friday the 18th of May 7.30. Looking forward to hearing from you. Tracey.

    • Hi Tracey,

      Thanks for the offer but unfortunately I can’t help you out on this occasion. My availability at that time is very limited. Hope you understand. Good luck with your ensembles!

      Justin

  10. Hey Justin,

    Thought I’d just get these details in to your hands – any promotion via your site will be greatly appreciated mate.

    That URL again: http://pagetostage.artscentremelbourne.com.au/

    Thanks again,

    Julian

    • Thanks Julian.

      Awesome product for drama and theatre teachers, so I will happily blog about it very soon!

      Justin

  11. Dear Justin,

    I attended your session at Jumpstart and was just following up about getting a copy of your ensemble about the black death to show to my kids. We are doing VCE drama for the first time and don’t have any other previous years which I can show as examples.

    I tried searching ‘ensembles’ and ‘VCE Drama’ but couldn’t find it and wasn’t sure if you had got a chance yet to look into permission from the girls.

    Thanks Mel

  12. Hi Justin,

    I too was at Jumpstart and thank you for your presentation. It was really helpful getting some ideas on ensemble topics. Like Melissa, my students are tackling ensemble work for the first time and the black death performanvce was fantastic. Would I be able to ask for a copy as well? It would really give my students an insight on what is required for an oustanding ensemble piece.
    Once again, thanks for Jumpstart and I’ll hear from you soon.

    Mark

  13. Hi Justin,
    This is great stuff! Is your emphasis solely on Australia, or do you keep tabs on what’s happening globally? It seems like you have a pretty broad scope.
    If you would, check out http://scenographics.com. Scenographics provides blueprints for set designs for high schools, universities, and local theatre companies in the U.S. Thanks!

  14. Hi Justin. This is a great site. We’ve been developing a suite of resources for drama students and teachers with reference to performing contemporary monologues, as part of the Fresh Ink new playwright program at atyp in Sydney. Check out The Voices Project here: There is also a monologue writing competition, that could interest your readers, students and colleagues.

  15. Hi Justin!

    I remembered using this resource a lot when I was in VCE, and I wanted to let you know about a performance of Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth that’s going up on Thursday. I know the Inspector is one of the Theatre Studies monologues this year, and the play isn’t staged often, so I thought it might be relevant. Our inspector (Genevieve Kingsford) is absolutely lovely, and we’re all (Myself, my co-director Zorro Maplestone, and Genevieve) happy to speak with students after the show, if they have any questions. Please let me know if you’d be interested in posting about the show, and i can send you more details.

    (i’m only commenting this because the link to your email is not working for some reason. Please feel free to delete the post if it counts as spam, that is not my intention.)

    Best Regards,

    Tamuz Ellazam
    Co Director
    Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth
    Monash University Shakespeare Company

    • Hi Tamuz,

      Yes, please send through info about the show (the contact form is now working) and I’ll post it on the blog. As you said, this show is of particular importance to Theatre Studies students thinking of choosing The Inspector from this play for their monologue examination later in the year.

  16. Hi Justin, I met you recently at the drama victoria exam day. I’m just ordering some resources to help me set up the new VCE department at my school. Do you have any ‘essential’ books/resources student or teacher that you can suggest?

    • Hi Bryce,

      Essential resources I would suggest are Living Drama, 4th edition (Burton, Bruce) for students Units 1-4 Drama and Acting Smart: Drama, 6th edition (Bird, Jane & Sallis, Richard) for students in Units 3 & 4 Drama and the teacher. Living Drama is an excellent book for students and covers activities on many performance styles. Acting Smart is specifically written for the VCE course and is a manual for students on how to tackle the various SACs, step by step. For many teachers and students, this resource is a bible. It also has some great definitions of the 12 dramatic elements for the VCE Drama course in it. Hope this helps.

  17. I am so excited at discovering this site. Looks amazing and can’t wait to implement some of those ideas. Keep up the great work and thankyou!!! Amanda

  18. Hi Justin,

    I also teach girls, but on the other side of the world, at Cheltenham Ladies’ College in England. I came across your site as I was marking an IB paper which used a definition of farce from one of your pages. It all looks very useful and I shall come back to it and browse when I have more time. My own website is in its infancy at http://www.theatrenotes.org and is more geared for our UK exam system as you would expect. Let me know if you ever visit Europe; you’d be very welcome to visit us in Cheltenham. We have a beautiful theatre and I’d like to get some schools to bring productions from other countries.

    All the best

    Mark

    • Hi Mark,

      An IB paper used my definition of farce? How cool! I like your new website. It looks great, already! Love the images of your set designs. Looks like it has some really useful resources, particularly for UK students. I’ll be visiting your site, too, as it is always handy being familiar with drama/theatre syllabi from other parts of the world. I’ll be sure to get in touch for a visit to your school if I’m in England.

      Cheers,

      Justin

  19. I love your website. It is so in depth and I love reading it. I found it and joined a year ago. I am a drama teacher in Sydney and this site saved me yesterday! I forgot all my resources to revisit Brecht with my Year 12s on my kitchen table and thought I would have quickly write up notes. I decided to check your site and bingo! … there was a great resource! Thank you – you are one talented and amazing drama teacher! An absolute inspiration!

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