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Theatre Basics and Advice

Actors, drama students, instructors, and theater lovers will find essential drama resources here. This section provide guides to auditioning, line memorization, and stage direction. English students will also find resources for studying and writing about dramatic literature.
  1. Acting Essentials (10)
  2. Glossary (167)
  3. Studying Plays (6)

Should I Major in Theater?
Users respond to the question: Should actors go to college? Should they major in theater or earn a degree in another field of study.

Curtain Call: Dos and Don'ts
How to create a curtain call. Curtain call: dos and don'ts.

Drama Class for Tweens
A guide to teaching drama class for 2nd through 5th grade. Most students this age are very outgoing and wildly imaginative. Make use of these qualities, and praise the students whenever they exhibit creativity.

Stage Directions - Stage Left, Stage Right, Upstage and Downstage
How do you tell the difference between stage right and stage left? Upstage and downstage? Here is a handy diagram that clearly details the different stage directions.

Play Publishing Companies for Drama Teachers
Drama Teacher Resources - Play Publishing Companies for Drama Teachers

Creating Stage Directions: "Blocking a Play"
What is Blocking? - How to Block a Show - Stage Directions - A Guide to directing a play.

Find the Right Children’s Theater Workshop for Your Kids
Youth theater or Children's Theatre Workshops can provide a terrific experience for kids, if the parents can find the right workshop. Find out all you need to know about Children's Theater Workshops.

5 Reasons to Support Your Local Playhouse
Community theaters offer opportunities to young talent, teach vital skills, and build community spirit.

How To Cry - An Actors Guide to Crying and Tears
Learn how to cry on cue. Tricks actors use to produce tears. There are different ways to cry while on stage or in a film. Learn different crying techniques.

Open Scenes, Continued

Setting the Stage for Successful Classroom Dramas
Two Recommendations: 1. Emphasize that Participation in Drama = Agreeing to Pretend 2. Dramatize the Effects of Unsupportive Behaviors

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