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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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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Creating and Maintaining an Organized Props Area by Kerry Hishon

The backstage area can be chaotic enough without having to worry about all the props for the show. Help to reduce backstage stress by using these seven tips to help keep your props area neat…

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

How to Create a Master Props List by Kerry Hishon

Having a master props list makes everyone’s life easier when it comes to knowing exactly what props are needed for your show, how each item is being acquired, and if a certain prop actuall…

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Tips for First-Time Lighting Designers by Kerry Hishon

Full disclosure – lighting design is NOT my forte. I am in awe of those wonderful people with skills in creating atmosphere with just the right shade of lighting gel, an artfully angled in…

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Best Practices for Training Your Technicians by Kerry Hishon

Lights, sound, special effects – these are the cherries on top of the sundae of your already amazing production. And for each fabulous effect that you add to your show, you’ll need an eq…

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Pros and Cons of Live Bands versus Backing Tracks by Kerry Hishon

When working on a musical with your students, you will need to decide whether you will use a live band or backing (karaoke) tracks for the music. Whether you use a live band or backing track…

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

To Mic or Not to Mic? by Kerry Hishon

That is the question…and it is yet another decision you must make while producing your upcoming school show. Yes, your students are making smart character choices and acting their hearts o…

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

How to Prepare a Stage Manager’s Prompt Book by Kerry Hishon

One of the stage manager’s most important tasks is to create and maintain the prompt book – sometimes known as the “show bible” – which is a master copy of the script and contains …

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

So, What Does an Assistant Stage Manager Do, Anyway? by Kerry Hishon

As we all know, the role of the stage manager is a large and challenging one. And, while the stage manager is an amazing person, it’s always useful to have help. Enter the assistant stage …

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

5 Qualities a Stage Manager Must Possess by Kerry Hishon

The role of the stage manager is a vital one in the theatrical process. Stage managers truly make the show happen. Without a great stage manager, rehearsals go awry, cues don’t happen, and…

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

So, What Does a Stage Manager Do, Anyway? by Kerry Hishon

“The show must go on” is a common phrase in the theatre world, and a stage manager is one of the crucial people who ensures that the show does go on. The stage manager works side by side…

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Three Reasons You Should Try a New Theatrical Area by Kerry Hishon

Do you consider yourself a theatrical specialist with one definite focus? Or are you more the multi-passionate type? I certainly don’t ascribe to the “jack of all trades, master of none…

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Exercise: Problem-Solving for Student Directors by Kerry Hishon

Giving students the opportunity to direct is a great thing – it helps them to develop their leadership skills and creative thinking abilities, challenges them in a new theatrical medium, a…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Theatre Game: Tableau Scenes from a Book by Kerry Hishon

This is one of my absolute favourite theatre games. I always use it in my early drama classes because, not only is it a fun way to approach the basics of tableau, it’s a good way for stude…

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Directing Your First Musical (When You Normally Direct Plays) by Kerry Hishon

Congratulations – you are directing your first musical! You and your students will definitely face some challenges, especially if you normally direct plays. This is not to say that directi…

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Get Your First Day of Drama Class Started Out Right by Kerry Hishon

First impressions matter! Getting your first day of drama class started on the right foot is so important for setting the tone for the rest of the semester. No matter whether you have a clas…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Round-Up: Common Costume Concerns by Kerry Hishon

Costumes, whether fabulously extravagant, simple and functional, ragged and threadbare, or anything in between, are lots of fun. Costumes help to tell the story of the show visually, and rea…

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