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An Actor's Guide to Making Yourself Cry on Cue
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.
Comedic Female Monologues
Each of these comedic female monologues may be used by students, actors, and directors for educational and theatrical purposes.
What the Different Stage Directions Really Mean
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.
Great Improv Games for Beginners to Experts
A list of theatre activities, for drama teachers, theater students, acting troupes, summer camp programs, or party-goers.
36 Tongue Twisters to Practice Enunciation and...
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Free One Act Plays and Other Drama Resources
Links to short plays and scenes to help drama teachers, directors and theater students find the perfect choice for your cast and/or classroom.
Beatrix's Comedic Monologue from 'Promedy'
Text of speech from new play, in which 17-year-old Beatrix explains to her fellow student why the prom (which has been canceled) means so much to her.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Tomorrow's Wish'
This original comedic female monologue from a play by Wade Bradford may be used by students, actors, directors for educational or professional purposes.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'CSI Neverland'
This original comedic female monologue is from a play by Wade Bradford.
What to Know About 'Trifles' by Susan Glaspell
An analysis of the plot and characters of this 1916 drama about a murder loosely based on true events.
The Stanislavsky Method
A brief overview of Constantine Stanislavsky's life and acting instruction. He developed a unique method of acting still studied and practiced today.
An Example of a Female Comedic Monologue
A comedic female monologue about a woman who tried to break up with her boyfriend while riding on a roller coaster. Funny monologue for actress.
Top 10 Plays Every Theater Newcomer Needs to...
New to theater? If you only see ten plays in your entire life, follow this list and you'll be a culturally and artistically well-rounded theater-goer.
How Is the American Dream a Theme of 'Death of...
An analysis of the themes in Arthur Miller's tragedy, exploring how the characters Willy Loman, Ben and Biff differently define the American Dream.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'The Greatest...
Cassandra's Rant - Comedic Female Monologue - Parody of Greek Mythology
7 Tips for a Successful Play Audition
Learn how to put your best foot forward at auditions.
How to Study the Medieval (and Anonymous) Play...
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How to Cold Read a Script During an Audition
Learn how to cold read from a script during an audition.
Plot Summary of "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov
Overview and synopsis of Act I of this slice-of-life drama set in the Russian countryside in the 19th century.
4 Circle Ice Breaker Games for Your Drama Class
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.
6 Memorization Tips for Actors and Actresses
Tips for actors include: Read out loud (and repeat); listen to your cast members; and record your lines.
The Historical Background of Les Miserables
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A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Cinema Limbo'
The text of a humorous monologue by a character named Vicky, who complains about the geek who has fallen in love with her.
A Comedic Monologue from 'Promedy'
In this comedic female monologue, Beatrix confronts Dante, an arrogant drama-geek. During her funny monologue she convinces him to take the cheerleader to the Prom. This monologue is from
Adding more layers to Open Scene work
Open scenes - also called Content-less scenes, Ambiguous scenes, Spare scenes, Skeletal scenes - are great exercises for acting classes.
How to Break the Ice in a New Drama Class
Ideal for a large group of 18 and 30 participants. This ice breaker activity creates a fun and productive classroom environment.
Improv Locations
An alphabetical list of settings for improvisation exercises and sketch comedy, from an art gallery to a zoo.
One Act Comedy: Chekhov's 'The Marriage Proposal'
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"Man and Superman" Study Guide
This romantic comedy tells the story of two rivals: John Tanner (a wealthy, politically-minded intellectual who values his freedom) and Ann Whitefield (a charming, scheming hypocritical young woman who wants Tanner as a husband). Once Tanner realizes that Miss Whitefield is hunting for a spouse (and that he is the only target), he attempts to flee from her, only to find out that his attraction to Ann is too overwhelming to escape.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Curse of the...
Here's a comedic female monologue taken from a play that's set in 1930s Egypt.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Cinderella in...
This original comedic female monologue from
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Sleeping...
In this passage from a fairy tale spoof, the Wicked Witch offers Sleeping Beauty the gift of a curse.
A Synopsis of Henrik Ibsen's 'A Doll's House'
The 1879 drama tells the story of a seemingly typical housewife who becomes disillusioned and dissatisfied with her condescending husband.
How to Play the Improv Game '60 Second Fairy...
For a good exercise in impromptu storytelling, try performing a well known fairy tale in one minute flat. Drama classes and acting troupes alike can use the “60 Second Fairy Tale” to sharpen improvisational skills. It's also a great game for families and kids.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Mrs. Claus...
This complete text of a short humorous monologue for a female features Mrs. Claus writing a Dear John letter to Santa, breaking up with him.
The Definitive Monologue from Ibsen's Play 'A...
A monologue from Act Three of Henrik Ibsen's
Warm Up Activity: Emotion Orchestra
An excellent warm-up activity that gets performers to vocalize, emote, and pay attention.
Do You Know What 'The Crucible' Is About?
Written in the early 1950s, the drama takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, recounting the events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials.
A Closer Look at the Characters of 'Twelve...
Character analysis of the jurors from the play, and brief summary of the plot, which is about the jurors deliberating in a murder trial
How to Play the Improv Game 'Taxi Cab'
An amusing, high-energy improvisation activity for ages 7 to 99. (Well, okay, I guess one-hundred year olds can play too!)
What Really Happens in 'Oedipus the King'
A quick, humorous plot summary of Oedipus the King ( or Oedipus Rex) by the best playwright of Ancient Greece, Sophocles.
12 Angry Pigs - Original Ten Minute Play
Free one act play, free for students and drama clubs to use. This comedic parody of
Musical Theater Exercises
Music themed drama games and activities.
Improvisation Game: Freeze Tag
This improvisation activity is a terrific theatrical exercise for performers at any level.
A Comedic Monologue from 'Much to Do Out West'
This original comedic female monologue from the play
How to Block a Play
What is Blocking? - How to Block a Show - Stage Directions - A Guide to directing a play.
The Emperor Jones
Although it generally not considered the best play by Eugene O'Neill, The Emperor Jones is perhaps his most controversial and cutting-edge.
5 Favorite Tennessee Williams Plays
The last two plays of a list of the top five plays by Tennessee Williams. Page 2.
Yes And - Improv Game
The improv game. Plays / Drama.
Top 5 Plays of George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw began writing plays in the late 1800s. Many consider Shaw’s body of work to be second only to Shakespeare. Shaw possesses a deep love of language, high comedy, and social consciousness.
7 Funny Comedic Male Monologues
A collection of links to original comedic male monologues for use in auditions and drama class.
A Close Reading of Robert Browning's 'My Last...
Robert Browning's poem is a dramatic monologue, in which a character distinctly different from that of the poet is speaking to someone else.
Characters and Themes from Tracy Letts'...
Brief synopsis, characters and themes from one of the greatest American plays of modern theater.
5 Tips to Reading a Play for Best Results
Advice for students to get the most out of the reading of dramatic literature, including: Visualize the characters, and research the historical context.
A Quick Summary of 'Doubt'
Study guide of this Pulitzer Prize winning drama about a nun in a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964 who suspects a priest of molesting a child.
How to Prepare for a Monologue Performance
To make the performance more than just reciting lines in front of your drama class: Research the play; develop a unique character; do enunciation exercises.
Advice from a Professional Stage Makeup Artist
How does one become a professional stage makeup artist? This revealing interview with Makeup designer Judi Lewin provides advice and insight into a tough but creatively fulfilling career.
What to Know About Nora Helmer, the Protagonist...
A character study of the protagonist in Ibsen's tragedy,one of the most complex characters of 19th century drama: childlike, clever, desperate,transformed
Acting Tips: How to Laugh
Acting Tips: How to Laugh Naturally on Stage. How actors laugh on camera and in theater.
The Witty Nose Monologue from “Cyrano de...
The full text of the speech by the big-nosed character Cyrano de Bergerac providing examples of humorous insults about his nose.
Improv Game: "Surprise Guests"
A fun improv game, great for drama students or party-goers.
What to Know About Willy Loman from 'Death of a...
Analysis of the central character in this play - Willy Loman's childhood, how he's a poor role model, his affair, his friends and neighbors.
Improv Games to Hone Your Acting Skills
A collection of improvisation activities and theater games involving storytelling.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'CSI: Neverland'
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Top Three Shakespeare Villains
A collectyion of the best dramatic speeches by Shakespeare's villains.
What to Know About 'Oleanna' by David Mamet
A look at this complex drama of miscommunication and sexual harassment, with plot summary, analysis of the two characters, and exploration of the themes.
Eliza Doolittle's Final Monologues from...
A pair of comedic female monologues from George Bernard Shaw's
Open Scenes--great practice for student actors!
Open scenes - also called Content-less scenes, Ambiguous scenes, Spare scenes, Skeletal scenes - are great exercises for acting classes.
Teach Your Kids to Keep Their Room Clean with...
Why Do I Have to Make My Bed, or a History of Messy Rooms is based on the picture book by Wade Bradford. This free play may be used for educational purposes. It is a funny play for young students that teaches about history and family.
Life Lessons from "Our Town"
Childhood, Marriage, Death, the Afterlife. Thorton Wilder's play,
How to Keep Your Drama Class Engaged
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 how to make the best use of these students.
What You Should Know About the Theatre of...
What were roman plays like in ancient times? Who were the greatest Roman playwrights? How were plays in Rome different from plays in Ancient Greece?
What Happens in Act 1 of 'All My Sons' by...
Plot summary of Act I of this sad Post-World War II story about the Kellers, a seemingly “All American” family except the father has concealed a great sin.
Elf Monologue
Elf Monologue - Brumbly the Elf - A Comedic Monologue for men, women, and young performers.
3 Most Patriotic Monologues From Shakespeare
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"Water by the Spoonful" by Quiara Alegria Hudes
What is Water by the Spoonful mean? Find out in this guide to Quiara Hudes' play.
"Pygmalion" Monologues and Scenes
Among the scores of plays written by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, "Pygmalion" is his most beloved
'Noises Off' - A Comedy About the Theater
'Noises Off' is a satire of life in the theater, presenting a hilarious play-within-a-play by an ambitious director and his troupe of mediocre actors.
Reasons to Be Pretty - Act One
A look at the characters and plot summary of this hard-edged comedy that focuses on the relationship between two couples. It premiered on Broadway in 2008.
Mrs. Craig's Monologue
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"Death of a Salesman" - Plot Summary and Study...
Plot summary of Miller's well-known tragedy about Willy Loman, with links to further reading.
Lady Bracknell and Jack Worthing - Scene from...
A classic farce written by Oscar Wilde,
Character Analysis: Dr. Vivian Bearing in "Wit"
An analysis of the central character in this drama about a woman, who is a scholar of the work of John Donne, dying of cancer.
The Best of Harold Pinter's Plays
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Why the Setting of 'A Streetcar Named Desire'...
An analysis of the setting for this play - Blanche's view of New Orleans, the two-room flat, cultural diversity in the French Quarter after World War II.
Setting the Stage for Successful Classroom Dramas
Two tried and true recommendations for successful classroom dramas
What to Know About Torvald Helmer in 'A Doll's...
An in-depth character analysis of the well-meaning yet antagonistic husband from Ibsen's tragedy.
"Terri and the Turkey" - A Thanksgiving Day Skit
In this short Thanksgiving play, a young girl saves the life of a Thanksgiving turkey. A family-friendly Thanksgiving skit.
Farce
What is a farce? Learn more about this comedic genre.
A Closer Look at the Characters of 'Tartuffe'...
Character Analysis of Tartuffe - Plot / character summary of comedy by Moliere Author of Tartuffe or The Hypocrite.
A beautifully brief one-act adaptation of John...
This one-act adaptation of the novella by John Steinbeck communicates the major events in this allegory and retains the mood and elegant language of the original work.
What to Know About John Proctor from 'The...
Essay help and character analysis of John Proctor, the protagonist of this tragedy about the Salem Witch Trials.
"Picnic" by William Inge
Plot summary, character and themes of the Pulitzer Prize winning 1953 play about the desires and regrets of the people in a small town in Kansas.
The Critic's Monologue from "Play"
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The Juliet Monologues
Complete text of the best of Juliet's monologues from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Seven audition pieces that are age-appropriate...
Seven monologue recommendations for young female actors: Each piece is short in length - some as short as 45 seconds; some a bit longer.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'How to Kiss a...
A humorous monologue about a Southern Belle giving advice to a young gentleman who is preparing for a date.
Stage Directions - Stage Right and Stage Left
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.
What to Know About Linda Loman from 'Death of a...
An analysis of the character of Willy Loman's wife in Arthur Miller’s American tragedy, a woman whose life has been filled with disappointment.
The 2-Person, 10-Minute Play 'Cinema Limbo'
The complete text in two pages of this free ten-minute play, which is a comic, two person exchange between two teenage movie theater employees. Page 1.
A Man for All Seasons
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Agatha Christie's Mystery Plays
Agatha Christie wrote more crime novels than any other writer. In the 1930s she began a “second career” as a record-breaking playwright. A look at five.
The Life and Work of Playwright Berthold Brecht
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Get to Know the Male Characters in 'The...
A look at the leading male characters in Oscar Wilde's popular comedy, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff
"Topdog/Underdog" - A play by Suzan-Lori Parks
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5 Reasons to Support Your Community Theater
Community theaters offer opportunities to young talent, teach vital skills, and build community spirit.
A Closer Look at the Female Characters of 'The...
Oscar Wilde's romantic comedy features two female characters: Gwendolen and Cecily from
A Closer Look at the Characters of 'All My...
Study Guide for this modern tragedy: A look at the character Joe Keller, the father of the play, and the five members of his family
Tips for Writing Children's Plays
Writing a children's play might seem easy at first. However, creating a script for young audiences, not to mention young performers, offers its own unique set of challenges and rewards. Find out the best strategies to write and market your first children's script.
"Death of a Salesman" - Review
Wade Bradford offers a critical look at this much-praised American tragedy and finds it overrated, explaining what he sees as its flaws.
"Fat Pig" by Neil LaBute - Study Guide and...
Plot, characters, and importance of this comedy/drama about the problems a man feels in dating an overweight woman to whom he is attracted.
12 Angry Pigs - Part Two - Free One Act Play
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The Most Controversial Plays of the 20th Century
An older generation's controversy is the next generation's banal standard. The fires of controversy often fade as time goes by.
Antigone's Monologue
In this moving speech, Sophocles' devoted protagonist reflects upon her choices and their consequences.
The Life and Plays of George Bernard Shaw
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"The Cuban Swimmer" - One Act Drama by Milcha...
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Learn More About the Life and Work of American...
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Improv Game: "Off - Script"
This amusing improvisation game involves one performer with a script and a second performer with a wild imagination.
5 Creative Ways to Analyze Plays
Creative classroom activities designed for English / Drama students to analyze plays through creative writing, performing, Myspace pages, verbal debate, and even comic books!
How Do I Join the Screen Actors Guild?
How Do I Join the Screen Actors Guild? How to Get a SAG Card. This article explains how to become a professional actor. How to work with casting directors and land auditions. It also discusses the best ways to work as a background actor or an extra in movies and television.
Proof - A Play by David Auburn
Plot summary and assessment of the Pulitzer-winning drama about the daughter of a brilliant but mad mathematician, now dead.Catherine fears she is mad too.
How to Study 'Twelve Angry Men' by Reginald Rose
A study guide, including plot, production history, themes, for this courtroom drama about a jury deliberating a verdict for a young man accused of murder.
Improvisation Game: "Foreign Film"
In this improvisation activity two onstage actors ask the audience for a location. Once a setting has been selected, the scene can begin. The onstage actors speak in a fabricated language.
Fantasy Plays
Fantasy has long since delighted young and old alike. Although this very visual genre offers a great many challenges to a director, it can be a very fulfilling experience to both the audience and the artists.
Best of Shakespeare - Number One Play
Wade's number one favorite work of Shakespeare: the epic tetralogy of Richard II, Henry IV, Part One, Henry IV Part Two, and Henry V.
One Act Plays by David Ives: 'All in the Timing'
All in the Timing is a collection of one act plays by David Ives, including such comedies as
What to Know About 'Fences' by August Wilson
Arguably the playwright's most renowned work, this drama focuses on Troy Maxson, restless trash-collector and former baseball player, and his family.
A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene Ten
Summary and analysis of Scene Ten of Tennessee Williams's tragedy, where Stanley Kowalski rapes Blanche DuBois.
Curtain Call: Dos and Don'ts
How to do a curtain call. Curtain call: dos and don'ts.
Comedic Male Monologue - Narrator from...
This comedic monologue looks at how audiences crave hardship for the main characters in plays and stories, the narrator provides an example of a “boring” story without conflict.
When your student actors need lines to...
Student actors can struggle with creating an opening line for an improvisation. Here are 29 opening line possibilities to get them started.
Narrative Improv Games
An improvisation activity that helps actors tell stories and develop characters.
A Summary: Act 1 of Clybourne Park
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A Quick Plot Summary of 'Antigone' by Sophocles
A plot summary of the Greek tragedy in which Antigone faces death because she defied King Creon and buried her brother.
Themes and Concepts in "Man and Superman" by...
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"Bus Stop" - A Comedy by William Inge
William Inge's comedy was a Broadway play made into a movie starring Marilyn Monroe. Read about the plot, characters, and an analysis of its pros and cons.
How does the third act of "Our Town" end?
A summary of the classic drama of turn-of-the-century life, with a plot summary of Act I.
David Mamet Plays
The Best of David Mamet's plays. A brief look at American Buffalo, Speed the Plow, and Glengarry Glen Ross, Olenna, and Duck Variations.
Hurlyburly - Character Analysis of David Rabe's...
This darkly comic drama set in the Hollywood Hills tells the story of four self-destructive bachelors, each of whom is pursuing careers in the film industry
Clybourne Park - Act Two
Summary of Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. Essay help for Clybourne Park, Act Two.
What's So Funny About Anton Chekhov?
A character analysis of the comically tragic characters in Chekhov's play,
The Best of William Shakespeare
Wade Bradford explains his Top 10 list, starting with 10.The Taming of the Shrew, 9. The Merchant of Venice, 8. Othello, 7. Romeo and Juliet
Improv Game - Genre Switch
Improvisation game - perfect drama activity for improv actors who want to play around with different genres / styles of storytelling. Ideal for anyone seeking an easy, fun improv game.
"Copenhagen" by Michael Frayn
This historical drama explores the year 1941. German physicist Heisenberg paid a visit to Bohr. The two spoke very briefly before Bohr angrily ended the conversation and Heisenberg left. Mystery and controversy have surrounded this historic exchange.
The Boys Next Door - Characters and Themes
An overview of this 1980s comedy-drama about social worker Jack and four intellectually disabled men who live together in a small apartment.
A Comedic Male Monologue from 'Cowboys and...
In this comedic male monologue from
Your Guide to 'The Glass Menagerie'
Summary of the plot, setting and characters of the popular 1945 family drama, the playwright's first big Broadway hit.
Developing Characters: Non-Human and Animal...
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.

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