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Saturday, August 13, 2022

An Introduction to Consent in the Drama Classroom by Kerry Hishon

Consent can be a touchy subject in the classroom. Many students immediately think that consent refers to intimacy, such as embraces or stage kisses. While that is an important part of consen…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, August 6, 2022

Resource: Tons of Animal-Related Prompts! by Kerry Hishon

We’ve got another prompt collection here for you! These prompts are all animal-related — thinking about unusual animals, moving like animals, speaking like animals, encountering animals,…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, July 30, 2022

Teaching Students How to Rehearse Outside of Rehearsal Time by Kerry Hishon

One of the biggest predictors of a student’s success in the drama classroom and their school productions is whether or not they’re putting in the work on their own outside of the in-scho…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, July 23, 2022

Teaching Students How to Rehearse in the Drama Classroom by Kerry Hishon

Picture this scenario: You’re in drama class with your students. They’ve been divided into small groups, each group has a scene to work on, and you’ve given them the instructions: “Y…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, July 16, 2022

“This Is Too Hard!” Dealing With Student Pushback by Kerry Hishon

Have you ever had a student come up to you after drama class or rehearsal and say, “I can’t do (xyz) that we’ve been working on. It’s too hard!” That can be difficult to hear, espe…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, July 9, 2022

What Happens When The Director Gets Sick? by Kerry Hishon

This article was inspired by a situation that happened to me. Recently, I was directing a production of Disney’s Descendants: The Musical with a cast of 23 amazing students in grades 8, 9,…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, July 2, 2022

Expectations: Lowering vs. Adjusting by Kerry Hishon

Teachers are special people. Yes, you are! You do so much for your students and wear so many different hats. But teachers are human as well. You may feel frustrated with your students’ app…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, June 25, 2022

Exercise: Making Tough Decisions by Kerry Hishon

The following is a choice board exercise about making tough decisions, within a theatrical context. Students will select one of the six activities below to complete. Some of the options are …

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, June 18, 2022

All About Choice Boards by Kerry Hishon

A choice board is a visual tool that teachers can use in their classrooms to allow students to… make choices! Choice boards consist of two or more options of activities for students to com…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, June 11, 2022

Warm-Up Exercise: Would You Rather… by Kerry Hishon

Starting your class with bell work or a journal prompt is a great way to get students into the drama class mindset. Some teachers like to have students brainstorm a list of ideas or respond…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

What Does It Mean to “Educate Yourself”? by Kerry Hishon

The phrase “educate yourself!” gets thrown around a lot, especially online. It’s tough when, as a teacher, you are trying to learn more about topics you’re unfamiliar with so you can…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, May 28, 2022

Round-Up: All About Time Management & Scheduling by Kerry Hishon

Time is one of the biggest challenges for a drama teacher trying to put on a production. There’s never enough rehearsal time. Some rehearsals drag on forever, while others speed by in the …

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, May 21, 2022

3 Mindfulness Techniques to Combat Pre-Show Nerves by Kerry Hishon

Mindfulness is all about being fully present in the moment without judgement. Practicing mindfulness is helpful for drama students, because it can help them combat pre-show jitters. Instead …

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, May 14, 2022

Creating a Pre-Show Checklist by Kerry Hishon

Being organized before a performance keeps everyone calm and prevents offstage drama. A great way to stay organized is to create a pre-show checklist — a list of all the tasks each theatri…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, May 7, 2022

Exercise: Giving and Receiving Feedback by Kerry Hishon

Giving and receiving feedback are skills that take practice. Students may worry that they will offend their peers or hurt their feelings while giving feedback. It also takes practice for stu…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, April 30, 2022

Exercise: Mimed Relationships by Kerry Hishon

Clear relationships onstage make characters’ interactions that much more interesting and engaging for the audience. The audience needs to know immediately how one character relates to anot…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, April 23, 2022

Resource: 50 Relationship Prompts by Kerry Hishon

Sometimes when your students do a playwriting assignment or an improvised scene, they’ll need a prompt to help them choose what kind of relationship their characters will have. Many studen…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, April 16, 2022

Odd Couples: Creating New Relationships by Kerry Hishon

For the following exercise, students will start by individually creating and analyzing a new character (or analyzing an existing character). Then with a partner, they’ll come up with a sce…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, April 9, 2022

Why Are Healthy Relationships Important in Theatre? by Kerry Hishon

Theatre is all about communication and collaboration. Students come together to tell a story and create a collective experience for an audience. When students are working together, it’s im…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Monday, April 4, 2022

A Bare Bones Guide to “Is This a Monologue or a Story?” by Kerry Hishon

Writing monologues is a skill that takes practice. When students are learning how to write monologues, it’s easy for them to fall into the trap of writing a story spoken by one person. Sto…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 03:40PM
Saturday, April 2, 2022

Warm-Up Exercise: Pair Up by Kerry Hishon

This exercise is a great icebreaker game and a fun way for students to get to know each other. Students are challenged to figure out what famous character they are and who their partner in t…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

9 Techniques for Students to Memorize Their Lines by Kerry Hishon

Memorizing lines should happen as early and quickly as possible in the rehearsal process. The sooner your students get their scripts out of their hands, the easier it will be for them to get…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, March 19, 2022

Warm-Up Exercise: Elephant Walk by Kerry Hishon

This warm-up exercise is simple, but sometimes that’s just what you need — a simple yet fun warm-up that gets your students up and moving around. This exercise is also quiet — no speak…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, March 12, 2022

Developing a Drama Teacher Community by Kerry Hishon

Whether you’re a new drama teacher or you’ve been at it for years, please don’t try to go it alone. We’ve said many times before on the Theatrefolk blog that theatre is a collaborati…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, March 5, 2022

Choosing Shows You’re Passionate About by Kerry Hishon

When choosing a show for a class or school production, the first thought teachers usually have is about the practicalities. There are many important things to consider. Is it an appropriate …

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, February 26, 2022

Round-Up: First Week Activities by Kerry Hishon

The first week of a new term is a busy one. Teachers need to introduce themselves, go over rules and procedures, learn students’ names, and establish a sense of trust, community, and safet…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, February 19, 2022

First-Week Activity: Get To Know You Bingo by Kerry Hishon

Get To Know You Bingo is a fun icebreaker game. It gets students up out of their seats, moving around and talking to each other. It’s also a good way for you to get to know more about your…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, February 12, 2022

Creating a Safe Drama Classroom by Kerry Hishon

Safety is an important aspect of teaching any subject, including drama. It is essential that everyone walking into the drama classroom feels safe — physically, emotionally, and socially. U…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, February 5, 2022

20 Icebreaker Questions for Drama Students To Get To Know Each Other by Kerry Hishon

“What did you do on your summer/winter holidays?” is over. “What are your plans for the weekend?” is boring. You need some new and fresh icebreaker questions to get your students con…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, January 29, 2022

Establishing Boundaries With Your Students by Kerry Hishon

We’ve discussed ways to foster connection and establish trust with your students, but we also need to establish boundaries. Boundaries are necessary to protect ourselves and our well-being…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Monday, January 24, 2022

Drama Teachers: We See You. We Hear You. We Are With You. by Kerry Hishon

Drama teachers, we know you are going THROUGH it. We’re not going to list the stresses and frustrations and troubles because we all know it, we’ve experienced it (or are currently experi…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 08:07PM

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