Stimulus Images for Drama: Nature

A collection of interesting nature images suitable for use in drama class. Use them as stimulus for student plays, improvisations, environments and settings, imaginative play, and more. Enjoy!

Comedy Unit for Drama

This article outlines a comedy unit or semester-length course suitable for Year 9/10 Drama students (14-15 year-olds). This course comprises four types of comedy: slapstick farce satire Commedia dell’Arte An optional additional type of comedy could easily be added to the existing four: black comedy / black humour Using the...

Speed Space Jump

These are my three biggest problems with many Theatresports™ games in drama: Students think too long before entering a game and block their own creativity Students have too much time to doubt their given or potential ability Students are too concerned with what their classmates will think of them...

Why You Must Do Theatresports In Drama

Each semester I begin my Year 8 Drama course with a non-assessable topic playing Theatresports™ games. For a few weeks, all my students do in Drama is learn new Theatresports™ games, as we rifle our way through a dozen or so games in small teams. Theatresports™ games can be played...

Drama Ensemble Process

Recently my Year 12 Drama class performed their end of semester ensemble performances before teachers, friends and families. This year I mixed it up a bit. Instead of asking all groups in the class to research, script and perform the same topic in the same style, all groups researched the...

Improv Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Theatresports™ Resource

Over the years, I have blogged from time to time about Theatresports™ on The Drama Teacher. These improvisational warm ups and theatre games work brilliantly in the drama classroom to get students engaged in our subject and assist with all aspects of play making and character creation. Theatresports™ games...

Are Drama Journals Still Relevant?

Inspired by a recent comment on The Drama Teacher by an ex-student, I am interested to know how teachers today use drama journals with their students and to what effect? I certainly remember keeping a regular drama journal back at high school in the 80s and then asking my...

Creating Ensembles In Drama

What is the best method of creating ensembles in drama class for extended activities and assessment performances? I have always been intrigued by this and particularly the impact some methods of group creation may have on student achievement and final assessment in a drama task. Is it best for the...

Shakespeare and Hip Hop

Hand up if you have struggled to teach the language of Shakespeare to teenagers in drama class? Keep your hand up if the boys in your class were disengaged after the first five minutes because they thought the greatest playwright who ever lived was a total bore? Looks like...

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