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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 …

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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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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Playwriting Exercise: Clothing Prompt by Kerry Hishon

The following exercise is flexible. It can be completed via distance learning or live in class. If students are completing this exercise online, they do not need to turn on their cameras or …

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Warm-Up Game: Show and Tell by Kerry Hishon

The following warm-up game uses found objects and allows students to work on their improvisation, storytelling, and character building skills. Take the well-known elementary school activity …

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Easy Distance Learning Activities For When You Just Can’t Think by Kerry Hishon

Teachers, you work so hard to make amazing virtual lesson plans for your students. And for that, we applaud you all — you are awesome! But we know, the burnout is real.  If that time come…

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

The Other Side of the Story: The Bystander by Kerry Hishon

Welcome to part three of Theatrefolk’s The Other Side of the Story series! We’ve written about exploring the perspectives of the villain and the best friend. Today’s post brings into f…

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

The Other Side of the Story: The Best Friend by Kerry Hishon

Welcome to part two of Theatrefolk’s The Other Side of the Story series! (Find part one here.) Today’s post brings into focus a character that’s normally just outside of the spotlight:…

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

The Other Side of the Story: The Villain by Kerry Hishon

Welcome to our second series of exercises for 2021: The Other Side of the Story! This series of exercises will focus on exploring, expanding, and creating new stories from the perspectives o…

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Superhero Series: Final Performance by Kerry Hishon

Welcome to Part 5 of Theatrefolk’s Superhero Series. Your students have accomplished a lot: They created their own original superheroes, super sidekicks, and supervillains, and have experi…

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Superhero Series: Bringing Your Super World Together by Kerry Hishon

Welcome to Part 4 of Theatrefolk’s Superhero Series. So far, your students have created their own original superheroes, super sidekicks, and supervillains. Now, we need to get those charac…

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Superhero Series: Creating Conflict with the Supervillain by Kerry Hishon

Welcome to Part 3 of Theatrefolk’s Superhero Series! In our last posts we’ve created original superheroes and super sidekicks. Now it’s time to create some conflict and add a dash of m…

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Superhero Series: Adding Support With a Super Sidekick by Kerry Hishon

Welcome to Part 2 of Theatrefolk’s Superhero Series! In our last post, we talked about creating an original superhero character. Now we’re going to give the superhero a sidekick. Batman …

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Superhero Series: Superhero Character Creation by Kerry Hishon

We’re starting 2021 off with a fun series of exercises focused on superheroes, supervillains, and super sidekicks! You’ll find ideas for character creation, playwriting opportunities, di…

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Drama Teacher Self Check-In by Kerry Hishon

Wow — we’ve made it to the end of the year. Teaching has looked very different recently, but give yourselves a pat on the back for a job well done. We have the opportunity now to rest, r…

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

Best Holiday Gifts for a Drama Teacher by Kerry Hishon

We don’t teach drama and direct shows to receive gifts, but it’s always a nice surprise to receive something in recognition of the effort we put into our work. At the end of the term, or…

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

12 Days of Drama Teacher Self-Care by Kerry Hishon

When was the last time you partook in some self-care? Does the thought of self-care feel indulgent or like something you have to earn or treat yourself to? What if you made sure self-care wa…

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Saturday, December 5, 2020

Drama Fun & Games: Technology Bingo by Kerry Hishon

Distance learning using video conferencing software is full of surprises and challenges. Some days, connecting and running your class goes off without a hitch. Other days, it seems like anyt…

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Warm-up Exercises for Trust Building by Kerry Hishon

It’s not unusual to feel slightly disconnected from students while teaching virtually (and we don’t mean when the internet stops working!). Drama classes are all about human connection a…

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

What Is Your Body Language Saying? by Kerry Hishon

When teaching virtually to students with their cameras on, teachers get to witness all sorts of interesting student antics — students tuning in from strange locations (their closet, their …

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Small Ways to Connect with Your Students During Distance Learning by Kerry Hishon

Let’s not mince words — distance learning is challenging. Teachers and students alike are missing out on that “real life” connection that in-person drama class provides, it’s hard …

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

Safety Concerns in Distance Learning by Kerry Hishon

Our world has become increasingly dependent on digital means to work, play, and learn, and school is no exception. More and more students are participating in distance learning for their cla…

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Distance Learning: Framing Exercise by Kerry Hishon

When students are acting on camera – like when they are participating in a virtual drama class, or doing an online performance – their playing space is the rectangular area visible in th…

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Distance Learning Exercise: Lipdub by Kerry Hishon

The following exercise, Lipdub, brings together observation, critical thinking, scene writing, and vocal performance. As well, it’s a lot of fun! Lipdubs are commonly seen on YouTube as mu…

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Playwriting Exercise: Advertisement Prompt by Kerry Hishon

Here’s a playwriting prompt exercise that takes advantage of something that’s frequently around us: advertisements! Ads are everywhere, and their main purpose is to sell us stuff. But we…

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Playwriting Exercise: Prompts from a Book by Kerry Hishon

Are your students feeling overwhelmed with possibilities for writing a new monologue? Do they need help focusing on one idea? Or are you simply looking for a way to get your students writing…

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Improv Game: Creative Defiance by Kerry Hishon

The core tenet of improvisation is “Yes, and…” To keep the scene going, each participant must agree with any suggestion that is brought forward, and add something on. It’s a balance …

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

How to Deal With Disruptive Students by Kerry Hishon

Keeping students focused and engaged is challenging enough in the drama classroom. It can be just as challenging trying to deal with disruptions in the virtual classroom, because you’re no…

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Helping Drama Students Understand Commitment by Kerry Hishon

It can be difficult to get students to really feel committed to distance learning. It’s so easy for students to check out when they’re not physically present in a classroom. They may str…

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Teaching Life Skills Through Virtual Drama Class by Kerry Hishon

We’ve talked at length on the Theatrefolk blog about how studying drama can benefit students outside the drama classroom and how students can learn and develop soft skills from working on…

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Warm-Up Game: Puppet Dance Party by Kerry Hishon

Here’s a warm-up game that is a lot of fun and gets students’ energy up. It’s a plus if you and your students are studying puppetry, but it’s not necessary to have done so. This is a…

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Warm-Up Game: Muted Conversations by Kerry Hishon

This warm-up game helps students work on a variety of skills: improvising, listening, observing, and working as a team. At the same time, it’s pretty silly and good for a laugh! This game …

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2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre