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...

My Life and Times with Antonin Artaud

Here is a 1993 fictional film account of one of the more mysterious thinkers of modern theatre, Antonin Artaud. Good Internet resources on Artaud are difficult to find and generally speaking his theories on theatre aren’t the easiest to understand, either. Renowned for his ideas summarised under the umbrella...

Tackk: Student Websites For Drama Made Easy

If you ever wanted your students to create interesting websites for projects in drama class but you don’t have any technical expertise, then Tackk may be just what you’ve been looking for. Still in its Beta phase (preview/early access), Tackk is nevertheless open to any member of the public....

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