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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Rehearsal Warm-Up Game: Switching Roles by Kerry Hishon

Here’s a warm-up game you can try at your next rehearsal: Switching Roles. Students will use an improv game to take on a different part in the play you’re currently working on.  It’s …

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Rehearsing “Backwards” by Kerry Hishon

It’s a common occurrence when rehearsing a production that the cast and crew will eventually practice running the whole show from the beginning to the end. This way, students will see how …

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Global Citizenship: A Cross-Curricular Opportunity by Kerry Hishon

Here at Theatrefolk, we’re big on cross-curricular opportunities for students. We’ve got lots of cross-curricular plays (include link: ), as well as exercises for students to try, such a…

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Accountability: In Rehearsal, the Classroom, and as a Citizen by Kerry Hishon

Accountability is an important skill for students to practice, not only as drama students and production participants, but as citizens in their schools and communities. Accountability means …

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Using Statistics as Scene Starters by Kerry Hishon

Looking for a new idea for some scene starters? Why not try using statistics? Using statistics offers a whole host of cross-curricular connections with drama class. Statistics are used in ma…

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Global Citizenship in the Drama Classroom by Kerry Hishon

Global citizenship focuses on the idea that all people have rights and responsibilities that exceed their identity as a citizen of a particular country or place; rather, the focus is on the …

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Five Tips for Dealing with Parents by Kerry Hishon

Whenever you receive a new list of students for your upcoming drama class (or classes), you aren’t just about to teach X number of students – you’re also going to be dealing with many …

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Round-Up: Warm-Up Activities that Encourage Communication by Kerry Hishon

In this round-up, we’ve gathered a whole host of useful warm-up games that you can use in your drama classroom that focus on different aspects of communication. Communication isn’t just …

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Communicating Classroom Expectations vs. Rehearsal Expectations by Kerry Hishon

Have you ever stopped to consider your expectations of drama class compared to your expectations during show rehearsals? It’s interesting and useful to compare the two. Do you notice yours…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Giving Instructions for Different Learning Styles by Kerry Hishon

A learning style refers to the way students best acquire and retain information. The VAK learning style refers to three different ways of learning: Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic. For exa…

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Common Assumptions About Drama Class by Kerry Hishon

There are lots of reasons why students choose to take drama class. But unfortunately not all of them are positive reasons. On the other hand, students also come up with lots of reasons to av…

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Why Productions Need Collaboration by Kerry Hishon

Between the actors, stage management, technical crew, design teams, publicity team, and front-of-house staff, you’re going to need a veritable army of people to make your upcoming school s…

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Importance of Ensemble Thinking by Kerry Hishon

What does it mean to focus on “ensemble thinking”? Ensemble thinking focuses on a whole-show mentality. Rather than an “us versus them” mentality for leading actors versus ensemble/c…

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Drama Activities for Community Service by Kerry Hishon

Dramatic events are absolutely fantastic for reaching out into the community, fundraising, raising awareness for various causes, and having a great time while you’re at it. If your school …

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Problem Solving: When Students Don’t Work Well Together by Kerry Hishon

Theatre and drama class are hugely collaborative. Students are always engaged in group work and scene work with others, which helps students gain skills in teamwork, problem-solving, and col…

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

What’s Changed? A Rehearsal Reflection by Kerry Hishon

Countless hours are spent in rehearsal: learning, reviewing, and practicing material. Let’s focus on the first aspect: learning. At the beginning of the rehearsal process, everything is ne…

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Practice Makes Progress by Kerry Hishon

Everyone is familiar with the term “practice makes perfect,” right? But in the theatre, there’s really no such thing as a perfect performance, and there is especially no such thing as …

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Rehearsal Exercise: Turn Up the Volume by Kerry Hishon

Acting is supposed to be real, right? We talk with our students about bringing honesty and realness to the stage when they are performing. With that in mind, however, how often have you hear…

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Encouraging Process over Product: The 90/10 Idea by Kerry Hishon

Theatre is a funny thing, isn’t it? Teachers and students spend hours upon hours rehearsing, exploring, practicing, and reviewing. And that’s not even counting the hours spent working on…

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Character Development Game: What’s For Breakfast? by Kerry Hishon

This is a simple and fun improvised game that is great to use in your show rehearsals. I’ve found it’s especially useful for younger, newer, or shyer students, who might be afraid of loo…

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Making Assumptions About Characters by Kerry Hishon

An assumption is when someone accepts something as true about a person, place, thing, or idea without proof. People do this all the time, often without thinking. We assume all sorts of thing…

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Tips for Creating a Positive Digital Footprint by Kerry Hishon

A “digital footprint” is the information about a particular person or company that exists on the Internet as a result of their online activity. This goes hand-in-hand with the concept of…

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Quiz: Are You a Good Digital Citizen? by Kerry Hishon

In our last blog post, we talked about what digital citizenship in the drama classroom is. Teachers, let’s now take a look at your own digital citizenship skills and knowledge with this qu…

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

What Is Digital Citizenship for the Drama Classroom? by Kerry Hishon

Digital citizenship is all about the confident, positive, and safe use of digital technology both within and outside of the classroom for communication, collaboration, education, and enterta…

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Taking Away the Script: A Game by Kerry Hishon

It’s easy for students to get hyper-focused on their lines when they’re working on a scene or on a show – counting how many lines they have, memorizing the lines, knowing what order th…

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Exercise: Student-Led Warm-Up Games by Kerry Hishon

Student-led warm-up games are a great way for students to demonstrate what they’ve learned in drama class and apply it in a practical setting, as well as to develop their leadership skills…

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Communicating Rehearsal Notes in Three Different Ways by Kerry Hishon

After every run-through of a show, directors will have a notebook or word document packed to the brim with notes – praise, corrections, problems, solutions, changes and adjustments that ne…

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Communicating Your Directing Vision Through the Senses by Kerry Hishon

So you’ve selected the show you are producing this year and you have come up with an incredible vision for the show. This is going to be awesome! Obviously, you want your students to share…

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

“I’ll Just Do It Myself…” Encouraging Students to Work Together by Kerry Hishon

Encouraging students to work together is often a challenge. Some students worry that they’ll be saddled with peers who won’t pull their weight. Some students are super-shy and the idea o…

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Inclusion in the Drama Classroom: Assessing Your Space by Kerry Hishon

In education, inclusion refers to students with disabilities or special needs (whether their needs are medical, mental, physical, or psychological) spending most or all of their class time w…

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Onstage “Awareness” Improv Game: Sit, Stand, Kneel by Kerry Hishon

Being aware of your surroundings is a vital part of being an actor. Students must know what’s going on around them at all times. This is important from a theatrical standpoint – unless o…

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