Happy 10th Birthday!

10 years ago I began a journey of reflection called The Drama Teacher. It started as a humble little blog profiling my daily life as a high school drama educator. I had hoped that my small blog would help me analyse aspects of my teaching in order to improve my practice in...

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!

Mood in Dramatic Performance

Mood is a key element of all classroom drama and theatre performances. Mood can be created via one or more of the following elements: lighting blocking sound dialogue energy timing movement gesture set design facial expression costume With dialogue alone, the use of an actor’s voice in performance can include...

Types of Tragedy for Drama Class

Studying tragedy in the drama classroom is not only essential for a student’s understanding of theatre, but can also encourage powerful and stirring student performances. Simple tragedies may be suitable for junior drama students, while heavier tragic forms will appeal to senior students of theatre. Greek philosopher Aristotle defined...

The Less You Have In Drama The Better Off You Are

The less resources you have in a school drama program, the better off you are. At first glance, my statement seems illogical. Surely a $50,000 school musical budget or a multi-million dollar purpose-built theatre would make for a great drama program? Quite often it does. But that’s not to say...

Types of Comedy for Drama Class

Studying comedy can be one of the most enjoyable units of work in any high school drama program. One of the advantages of comedy is there are so many subgenres of this form that can be isolated for investigation and performance at different levels of schooling. I find the...

Creative Performance Spaces

As drama educators, we all know a purpose-built theatre is not needed in order to put on a performance with our students. This has many benefits, particularly for schools with limited resources and/or budgets. A colleague recently told me a story about a theatre show she saw in Melbourne...

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