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Theatre Education

Harness the Power of Student Voices

by Cory Wilkerson Each year when we launch the DemocracyWorks Essay Competition I fondly recall the time it took my students to get me into Pennsylvania state capitol building! I

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Theatre Education

Not a Hair Out of Place

By Kimberly Uslin THE WORLD OF WIGS is complicated but crucial. After all, it’s unlikely that a good wig will garner any attention, but a bad one makes any production

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Theatre Education

Spring cleaning

It’s almost summer and theatre teachers can finally start thinking about something other than grades, scripts, and rehearsals. But wait a minute: before you put the ghost light on stage,

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Theatre Education

Directing the chorus

It takes more than lead actors to create a successful musical By Joe Deer Performing in a large-scale musical can be one of the most enduring and powerful learning experiences

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Theatre Education

2020 Play Survey

According to the annual school play survey conducted by EdTA, The Addams Family, Clue, and Check Please received top billing for the most produced musical, full-length play, and short play, during the 2019-20 school year,

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Theatre Education

Dramaturgy 101

Illuminating the world of the play By Amy Steele I vividly remember when I first learned about dramaturgy. A friend of mine who is primarily a lighting designer was dramaturging

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Actors on stage performing in The Addams Family.
Theatre Education

The superobjective

There’s what you want, and there’s what you really want By Jon Jory In January, we talked about tactics: the different ways you go about getting what you want. Now

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Theatre Education

Character is action: Part 1

The first of three articles on how to use the tools of acting By Bruce Miller When I began teaching acting twenty years ago, I was determined to make the

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Theatre Education

Managing the show

Training student stage managers By Lisa Mulcahy The job of stage manager is arguably the most demanding task one can tackle in the theatre. Think about it: what other role

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Infographic showing the 2019 play survey results
EdTA News

81st Annual (2019) EdTA High School Play Survey

According to the annual high school play survey conducted by EdTA, The Addams Family; Almost, Maine; and Check Please received top billing for the most produced musical, full-length play, and short play, respectively, during

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Speakers
Theatre Education

Resonance

By Rena Cook How do you know the difference between the sound of a violin, a cello, and a standing bass? What is it about the quality of the sound

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Theatre Education

What’s going on here?

Like a detective, an actor has to start with the facts By Jon Jory What’s going on here? If you’re interested in improving your acting, you’ll need to start by

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Theatre Education

Lin-Manuel Miranda is in the show

By Howard Sherman On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Lin-Manuel Miranda—bookwriter, lyricist, composer, and star of the Broadway hit musical Hamilton—has already given a matinee performance and served as master of ceremonies

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Landscape Survey

This series of short articles supplements the Fall 2012 Teaching Theatre (volume 24, number one) report…

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Theatre Education

The audition

How to make yourself look good If you’re planning a career as an ac­tor, auditions are going to be a fact of your professional life. Might as well get used

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Theatre Education

Texture

Often your play or musical will require stage scenery that needs to look like a textural surface: a real plaster wall, cement, brick, dirt, tile, or rough barn wood, to

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Theatre Education

Tips for new directors

A veteran’s guide to successful storytelling By Michael Daehn If you’re a relatively new theatre teacher and haven’t had much directorial experience, it might not be clear to you exactly

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Theatre Education

Responsible for everything

By Mike Lawler Years ago I was crewing a show in one of these big houses in Southern California—the kind with a maze of basement level service hallways and anonymous

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Theatre Education

Character is action: Part 2

The second of three articles on how to use the tools of acting By Bruce Miller Actors and playwrights have more in common than one might think. Both are charged

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Actors on stage performing a song from Spring Awakening.
Theatre Education

Raising the stakes

Please pass the hot sauce By Jon Jory Allright, we’re getting to the good stuff now! This is the curry powder, the paprika, the hot sauce of acting. No more

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Theatre Education

Painting the scene

BY SEAN O’SKEA If the thought of painting your scenery makes you shudder, don’t be ashamed. Many theatre educators have remarkably little training in scenic art. Most only get a

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