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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Drama Classroom Door Design by Kerry Hishon

What better way to welcome students into the drama department than allowing them to make a grand entrance through a decorated door? Many teachers enjoy door decorating for holiday contests, …

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

Resource: Tons of Big, Huge, and Giant Prompts! by Kerry Hishon

Sometimes you just need a tiny prompt to serve your purpose, but other times you need a whole bunch of big, huge, and GIANT prompts! To get your students thinking big, we’ve got a giganti…

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

Tips to Help Students Raise the Stakes in Drama Class by Kerry Hishon

“Bigger! Louder! More, more, more!” We always want our drama students to push themselves to be larger than life onstage and in class. How can we help our students raise the stakes and br…

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

Create a Giant Onstage by Kerry Hishon

One of the (many!) wonderful things about theatre is that magic becomes real on the stage. Fantastical stories are brought to life in the most inventive and interesting ways to keep audience…

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

Exercise: Large Group Tableau Scenes by Kerry Hishon

The following exercise gives students the opportunity to practice active listening, teamwork, taking direction, and problem solving as a group. Acting as an ensemble with a student director,…

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

Resource: Tons of Tiny Prompts by Kerry Hishon

Good things come in small packages, and with that, we’ve got a big collection of tiny prompts to get your students thinking big about small things. If you’d like even more prompts, you c…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, October 22, 2022

Small Actions, Big Results by Kerry Hishon

Students often come to drama class with big goals: Get the lead in the show! Become a performing star! And while some students might make great steps towards achieving those big goals, most …

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, October 15, 2022

Physicalizing Emotions: How to Make Emotional Performances Consistent and Repeatable by Kerry Hishon

Do you want your students to show you MORE onstage during a heightened emotional scene? “Joshua, can you be more sad here?” “Sannah, I think your character needs to be more angry right…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, October 8, 2022

Exercise: Whisper and Shout by Kerry Hishon

The following exercise gives students the opportunity to explore different ways of approaching and performing a two-person scene, using two different levels of volume: only whispering and sh…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, October 1, 2022

Six-Second Scenes by Kerry Hishon

Can you tell a great story in six minutes? How about in six seconds? You definitely can. Prior to TikTok, there was Vine — a short-form video hosting app where users created and shared six…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, September 24, 2022

How to Make Good Rehearsal Notes, For Student Actors by Kerry Hishon

As a director, I cannot stress enough to my students how frustrating it is to have to give the same note over and over during rehearsals. It feels like I’m not being listened to, and it wa…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, September 17, 2022

10 Ways to Divide Your Students Into Groups by Kerry Hishon

We do TONS of group work in drama class, and it’s important for students to have the opportunity to work with a variety of their peers. Working with different classmates allows students to…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, September 10, 2022

Pick a Card: a Getting to Know You Game by Kerry Hishon

I have yet to meet a student who didn’t cringe (inwardly or outwardly!) at the start of a new semester or the first rehearsal when they hear their teacher say, “Ok, let’s go around the…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, September 3, 2022

Back to School Affirmations for Teachers by Kerry Hishon

It’s a new school year and in the hustle and bustle of getting classrooms organized, learning students’ names, and completing all the start-of-term tasks, please take a moment to pause, …

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, August 27, 2022

Improv Game: Yes, And… and No, But… by Kerry Hishon

In improvisation, one of the first rules that drama students are commonly taught is to always say, “Yes, and…” to continue the story. Basically, agree with presented concepts to keep t…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Warm-Up: Yes and No Circle by Kerry Hishon

The following warm-up exercise is simple, but can evoke some powerful feelings and reactions. It’s a great exercise to help students develop their self-awareness and practice consent and …

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
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

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