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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Character Study: Self-Awareness by Kerry Hishon

The following exercise helps students learn self-awareness (which is one of the categories of social and emotional learning) and apply it by analyzing characters in a play that they are cur…

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Game: Challenging Negative Thoughts (SEL Self-Awareness) by Kerry Hishon

Negative self-talk is so common and can be very difficult to overcome, not only for students but also for teachers. It’s easy to fall into the trap of berating ourselves over mistakes and …

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, October 2, 2021

Making Connections: Students’ Strengths and Character Strengths by Kerry Hishon

The following exercise helps students identify their personal strengths and make connections with characters in a play that they are currently studying in drama class. It could also be used …

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Resource: Tons of Location Prompts! by Kerry Hishon

Some improv games call for an action to start the scene, a job or occupation to define a character, or a location to get them started. Here are fifty location prompts you can use to set the …

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Saturday, September 18, 2021

20 Self-Reflection Journal Prompts by Kerry Hishon

Continuing on with our focus on Social and Emotional Learning (check out our other posts about SEL here), this post is filled to the brim with self-reflection journal prompts. Teachers can u…

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Change the Decision: Analyzing Character Choice by Kerry Hishon

In this article, we’re focusing on responsible decision making, which is one of the five areas of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). If the concept of SEL is new to you, check out this a…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, September 4, 2021

Round-Up: Theatre Games for Building Relationships by Kerry Hishon

In this round-up post, we’re focusing on relationship skills, which is one of the five areas of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). If the concept of SEL is new to you, check out this art…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, August 28, 2021

There’s Always More to the Story: Finding Empathy for the Villain by Kerry Hishon

In this article, we’re focusing on social awareness, which is one of the five areas of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). If the concept of SEL is new to you, check out this article to g…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, August 21, 2021

Self-Management in the Drama Classroom: Plan, Execute, Reflect by Kerry Hishon

In this article, we’re focusing on self-management, which is one of the five areas of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). If the concept of SEL is new to you, check out this article to ge…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, August 14, 2021

Cultivating Self-Awareness in the Drama Classroom by Kerry Hishon

We’re delving more deeply into the five areas of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). If the concept of SEL is new to you, check out this article: Social and Emotional Learning in the Dram…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, August 7, 2021

Social and Emotional Learning in the Drama Classroom: What Is It? by Kerry Hishon

The concept of SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) was defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) more than two decades ago to promote equity and excel…

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Supporting Students Interested in a Career in the Performing Arts by Kerry Hishon

It’s gratifying when a student lets you know that they are interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts. You have clearly made an impact on them, and they’re looking for assist…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, July 24, 2021

Improv Game: Combining Skills by Kerry Hishon

This fun improv game challenges students to work together and think quickly on their feet to create a scene that solves a problem, using skills possessed by characters with different occupat…

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Improv Game: Imposter by Kerry Hishon

The following improvisation game challenges students to stay in character, think on their feet, keep the scene going, and react to each other. They’re also likely going to laugh, because o…

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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Group Exercise: Using Drama Skills Outside the Classroom by Kerry Hishon

Some students take drama class with the intention of becoming an actor, director, or playwright in the future. Many others take drama class simply because it’s fun. Some students take it b…

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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Resource: Tons of Occupation Prompts! by Kerry Hishon

Some improv games call for an action to start the scene, but many improv scenes require a character with a specific job or occupation to get the scene going. Here are fifty gender-neutral oc…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Playwriting Exercise: Exploring Adaptation by Kerry Hishon

Adaptations are super fun to perform. It’s really cool to see a favourite book, film, or even board game come to life before your eyes onstage. On top of that, you can put many different s…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, June 19, 2021

Character Analysis: Your Younger Self by Kerry Hishon

We are all about character analysis — it’s a great tool for helping students develop a deeper understanding of characters in plays that they are studying, performing in, or creating. Rea…

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Plays & Musicals for Pride Month by Kerry Hishon

If you’re looking for plays and musicals to include in your drama classroom library, look no further — here are 35 plays and musicals featuring LGBTQ+ characters, stories, and themes. In…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Creating a Safe Space for Your LGBTQ+ Students by Kerry Hishon

In 2021, you would think we’d be at a point where inclusivity and acceptance are the norm. However, LGBTQ+ students are still frequently the victims of bullying, harassment, and discrimina…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Exercise: Outdoor Virtual Monologues by Kerry Hishon

The following distance learning exercise challenges students to take their performances outdoors. Students will select a monologue, perform and film it outdoors, and submit it for evaluation…

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Resource: Tons of Outdoor Prompts! by Kerry Hishon

Looking for some new prompts to get your students writing or improvising? Here are fifty spring- and summer-themed action prompts that you can use to get your students feeling refreshed and …

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Performing Outdoors Part 2: Safety Considerations by Kerry Hishon

In our previous post (Performing Outdoors Part 1: Technical Considerations), we discussed technical concerns that may arise when selecting a venue to perform outdoors. Today we’re tackling…

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Performing Outdoors Part 1: Technical Considerations by Kerry Hishon

Performing outdoors can be a lot of fun — Shakespeare in the park, anyone? But as with any theatrical undertaking, there are some things to consider before getting started with rehearsals.…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, May 1, 2021

Theatre History: Introduction to Outdoor Theatre by Kerry Hishon

The sun is shining and the weather is getting warmer, so let’s take advantage of that and learn about outdoor theatre. There are many historical examples of theatre that was staged outdoor…

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Lessons Learned from Directing a Virtual Show by Kerry Hishon

If you miss doing shows with your students, you’re not alone. We’re all missing live theatre! Luckily, there are playwrights writing virtual plays for online platforms that you can do ri…

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Full Class Project: Drama Class ABCs by Kerry Hishon

In “Drama Class ABCs,” students work together as a class to create a children’s alphabet book of important theatre-related words and phrases. This project can be done in person or virt…

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Body Image in Drama Class by Kerry Hishon

Students are hyper-aware of their looks and how they perceive their bodies. On top of this, they are also concerned about how others perceive their looks and bodies. With many classes occurr…

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Make the Weather Come Alive Onstage and Onscreen by Kerry Hishon

Unless you have perfect timing, when you’re producing a show with your students, you will be performing it at a different time of year than what the show is set in. For example, you might …

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Make Your Own Mini Musical Revue by Kerry Hishon

First things first: what is a musical revue? A musical revue is a style of musical theatre that combines singing, dancing, music, and sketches. The material included in the revue focuses on …

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, March 20, 2021

Mask Exploration: Found Object Masks and Online Movement (Distance Exercise) by Kerry Hishon

The following distance learning exercise is active and flexible. It focuses on mask work, and challenges students to use their skills of observation, critical thinking, and creative thinking…

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