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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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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Brainstorming as a Group: Add Three by Kerry Hishon

Here is a brainstorming exercise that you can use with your students when they have selected a broad topic and are trying to narrow it down or flesh out their ideas. For example, they may ha…

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Pros and Cons: Assigned Groups vs. Class-Chosen Groups by Kerry Hishon

Group work is an enormous part of drama class. Students are always working in groups, whether for warm-ups, improvisation, scene work, playwriting, working backstage, and more. Even if your …

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Classroom Activity: Question of the Day by Kerry Hishon

Starting your drama class with a Question of the Day is a great way to get your students into the “drama class” mindset. It’s a way to help create a routine for your students – they …

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Questioning Your Character (Without Judgment) by Kerry Hishon

Students will frequently be cast into roles that are vastly different from their real-life personalities. This is a good thing – it’s a great opportunity for students to grow their skill…

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Script Analysis for Directors, Part 2: Going Deeper by Kerry Hishon

In Script Analysis for Directors, Part 1: Scanning the Script, we started our pre-rehearsal planning process with a simple scan of the script to get our early thoughts and ideas out on pape…

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Script Analysis for Directors, Part 1: Scanning the Script by Kerry Hishon

When I’m doing my pre-rehearsal preparations for a new show I’m directing, the first thing I do is an initial scan of the script. This is a useful way to start getting your primary thou…

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

What’s The Worst That Could Happen? by Kerry Hishon

This improv game is inspired by The “What If” Game but takes it to a bigger, more ridiculous scale. This version of the game combines brainstorming, improvisation, risk-taking, thinking …

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Using Improv to Address Fear of Failure by Kerry Hishon

Fear of failure is a huge concern in drama class. Nobody wants to fail – it’s not a good feeling, and students are hyper-aware of not only their own feelings, but their perceptions of wh…

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

How Do We Encourage Confidence in Students? by Kerry Hishon

Students nowadays are more connected, aware, and tech-savvy than ever before. Yet, with all that connection and knowledge, students are hyper-aware of their insecurities, their desires not o…

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Brainstorming in the Drama Class: Coming up With More Ideas Than You Need by Kerry Hishon

The title of this post is a bit of a misnomer because, truthfully, you can never have enough ideas! While you may not need every idea you’ve ever had at this very moment, the ideas you com…

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Round-Up: Your Costume & Prop Challenges! by Kerry Hishon

We reached out to you, our amazing community, through social media to ask, What are your biggest props/costume challenges for your productions or upcoming show?.Turns out, there are lots of …

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Safety First: Creating a Safe Rehearsal Space by Kerry Hishon

In the drama classroom and rehearsal space, drama teachers work with students to express themselves in a variety of ways. We encourage our students to push their boundaries, to explore new t…

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Dealing With Theatrical Burnout: 4 Tips for Teachers by Kerry Hishon

As theatre educators and do-it-all directors, we frequently feel the tell-tale signs of burnout. There is so much that must be done – lesson planning and preparation, marking, staff meetin…

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