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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
Saturday, April 30, 2022

Exercise: Mimed Relationships by Kerry Hishon

Clear relationships onstage make characters’ interactions that much more interesting and engaging for the audience. The audience needs to know immediately how one character relates to anot…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, April 23, 2022

Resource: 50 Relationship Prompts by Kerry Hishon

Sometimes when your students do a playwriting assignment or an improvised scene, they’ll need a prompt to help them choose what kind of relationship their characters will have. Many studen…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, April 16, 2022

Odd Couples: Creating New Relationships by Kerry Hishon

For the following exercise, students will start by individually creating and analyzing a new character (or analyzing an existing character). Then with a partner, they’ll come up with a sce…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, April 9, 2022

Why Are Healthy Relationships Important in Theatre? by Kerry Hishon

Theatre is all about communication and collaboration. Students come together to tell a story and create a collective experience for an audience. When students are working together, it’s im…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Monday, April 4, 2022

A Bare Bones Guide to “Is This a Monologue or a Story?” by Kerry Hishon

Writing monologues is a skill that takes practice. When students are learning how to write monologues, it’s easy for them to fall into the trap of writing a story spoken by one person. Sto…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 03:40PM
Saturday, April 2, 2022

Warm-Up Exercise: Pair Up by Kerry Hishon

This exercise is a great icebreaker game and a fun way for students to get to know each other. Students are challenged to figure out what famous character they are and who their partner in t…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

9 Techniques for Students to Memorize Their Lines by Kerry Hishon

Memorizing lines should happen as early and quickly as possible in the rehearsal process. The sooner your students get their scripts out of their hands, the easier it will be for them to get…

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

Warm-Up Exercise: Elephant Walk by Kerry Hishon

This warm-up exercise is simple, but sometimes that’s just what you need — a simple yet fun warm-up that gets your students up and moving around. This exercise is also quiet — no speak…

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

Developing a Drama Teacher Community by Kerry Hishon

Whether you’re a new drama teacher or you’ve been at it for years, please don’t try to go it alone. We’ve said many times before on the Theatrefolk blog that theatre is a collaborati…

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

Choosing Shows You’re Passionate About by Kerry Hishon

When choosing a show for a class or school production, the first thought teachers usually have is about the practicalities. There are many important things to consider. Is it an appropriate …

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

Round-Up: First Week Activities by Kerry Hishon

The first week of a new term is a busy one. Teachers need to introduce themselves, go over rules and procedures, learn students’ names, and establish a sense of trust, community, and safet…

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

First-Week Activity: Get To Know You Bingo by Kerry Hishon

Get To Know You Bingo is a fun icebreaker game. It gets students up out of their seats, moving around and talking to each other. It’s also a good way for you to get to know more about your…

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

Creating a Safe Drama Classroom by Kerry Hishon

Safety is an important aspect of teaching any subject, including drama. It is essential that everyone walking into the drama classroom feels safe — physically, emotionally, and socially. U…

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

20 Icebreaker Questions for Drama Students To Get To Know Each Other by Kerry Hishon

“What did you do on your summer/winter holidays?” is over. “What are your plans for the weekend?” is boring. You need some new and fresh icebreaker questions to get your students con…

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

Establishing Boundaries With Your Students by Kerry Hishon

We’ve discussed ways to foster connection and establish trust with your students, but we also need to establish boundaries. Boundaries are necessary to protect ourselves and our well-being…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Monday, January 24, 2022

Drama Teachers: We See You. We Hear You. We Are With You. by Kerry Hishon

Drama teachers, we know you are going THROUGH it. We’re not going to list the stresses and frustrations and troubles because we all know it, we’ve experienced it (or are currently experi…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 08:07PM
Saturday, January 22, 2022

Establishing Trust With Your Students by Kerry Hishon

Students rely on their teachers to impart lessons with confidence, understanding, and kindness. They need to feel safe in their classroom to learn, make mistakes, fail, and try again. In sho…

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

Creating Connection With Your Students by Kerry Hishon

There’s a noticeable positive energy in a classroom where there is a genuine connection between the students and the teacher. Students are engaged in the lesson and well-behaved. Students …

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

Developing Classroom Routines and Systems by Kerry Hishon

Classroom routines and systems help students and teachers alike feel organized and secure. There’s something comforting about knowing what is expected, what happens next, and what the gene…

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

Advice for New Drama Teachers Series: Planning Ahead by Kerry Hishon

Welcome to a new year, drama educators! If you’re new to teaching drama — whether you’re an experienced educator who has changed departments or you’re a brand-new teacher — we are …

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, December 25, 2021

Class Project: Celebrate Your Successes by Kerry Hishon

This is a fun project to do with your students at the end of the year. At first glance it looks like an art project (and it is!) but when you peel back the layers, you’ll see that it helps…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, December 18, 2021

Your Drama Classroom Wish List by Kerry Hishon

Some of the most interesting and creative theatre has been made without anything other than the brains and imaginations of groups of people. But having some fresh new tools, resources, and e…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, December 11, 2021

Why Is Reflection Important? by Kerry Hishon

Reflecting is an important tool in the drama classroom, and an essential part of personal growth. If your students ask you why reflections are important, here are five reasons you can give t…

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

The Reflection Collection: A Round-Up by Kerry Hishon

We are all about reflecting here at Theatrefolk. You’ll notice that the vast majority of exercises and lessons here and in the Drama Teacher Academy include an exit slip or reflection que…

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

Current Events: Diversity in Theatre Lesson by Kerry Hishon

The following lesson was created for students to discover, appreciate, and display respect for diverse, real-life issues and events in the theatre world. It can be done live in class, assign…

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

Improv Game: Verbal vs. Nonverbal Cues by Kerry Hishon

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and felt like something was off? It might have been because the person you were speaking to was using body language that didn’t match what the…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, November 13, 2021

Hearing or Listening? by Kerry Hishon

Hearing is a passive, physical act of using the ears to perceive sounds. You can hear without understanding or acknowledging the sounds. Listening, conversely, is an active, internal behavio…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM
Saturday, November 6, 2021

Resource: Tons of Opening Line Prompts! by Kerry Hishon

If your students are having a hard time getting their scenes started, we’re here to help with 50 opening line prompts! Use them for scene devising, playwriting exercises, improv games, and…

SOURCE: Theatrefolk at 01:00AM