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Advice for Drama Teachers - Rehearsal Activities
Advice for drama teachers and directors working with a large cast. A reader asks: Any suggestions for what I can get those with smaller parts to do while they are not on stage? They are really struggling with just watching the rehearsals (when not involved), and since it's a class, I feel I should be making them do something, since they are also getting a credit for the course. I'm just not sure…

Developing Characters: Non-Human and Animal Characters
Acting like an animal helps younger drama students to physically assume different poses, not to mention adopt different perspectives. This article offers several tips and activities to help drama students develop non-human characters.

Musical Theater Exercises
Music themed drama games and activities.

A - Z Enunciation Exercises
Getting ready to make a speech? Preparing for your audition? Moments away from walking on stage for the first time? Use these enunciation exercises to practice elocution. This A to Z list of tongue twisters will develop your enunciation ability.

Drama Activities for the Classroom
A cohesive list of drama activities, for theater students, acting troupes, summer camp programs, or party-goers.

Ice Breaker Activity -- "Create a Commercial"
A terrific activity that can work great for drama students, and any class that involves writing or public speaking. Ideal for a large group of 18 and 30 participants. This ice breaker activity creates a fun and productive classroom environment, and helps students learn about advertising and persuasive writing.

Warm Up Activity: Emotion Orchestra
An excellent warm-up activity that gets performers to vocalize, emote, and pay attention.

Ice Breakers: Circle Games
These improvisation activities are designed to warm up actors and drama students. Participants form a circle and then the games begin. Each activity helps students and performers become more comfortable. It's also a great activity for learning names.

Creative Drama: Education Resourses
"Creative Drama" is a guide for instructors. Find out how to use theater activities to liven up any classroom.

Improv Locations
Improv Locations - Setting Ideas for Improvisation and Sketch Comedy

Open Scenes, Continued

Introducing Tableau to Students
An arts-integrated teaching strategy that drama teaching artists use to help students make mental images of the texts that they read is Tableau.

Introducing Tableau, Continued
Students practice the drama strategy Tableau - performing frozen, silent, concentrated poses that depict a significant moment in a text that they are reading.

Tableau Excellence

Incorporating Dialogue into a Tableau
Tableau drama activities can be expanded by the creation and incorporation of dialogue - the character’s thoughts ( “subtext” ) or lines that a playwright might write.

Educational Drama
The educational use of drama: information, ideas, tips, instructions, and resources for using drama as a teaching and learning modality.

Excellence in Tableau Lines of Dialogue
A concise list of criteria that contribute to excellence in creating strong lines of dialogue in a Tableau:

Human Slide Shows Excellence
What factors contribute to excellence in the rehearsal and presentation of Human Slide Shows?

Getting Your Students to Work Productively in Classroom Drama

Process Drama: Hotseating

Process Drama: Mantle of the Expert
Students play the roles of experts while the teacher plays someone who seeks information, advice, or explanations in this educational drama strategy.

Process Drama: Teacher-in-Role
Change the nature of your interactions with students by playing a role and you may just increase their engagement in lessons dramatically!

“Next!” An Improv Theatre Game
If you need a quick-paced improv exercise that is terrific for large groups and allows for participation by many players try “Next!”

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