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Category: Theatre Education

dark and stormy night painting
Theatre Education

It was a dark and stormy night

An introduction to lighting design, part one: Script analysis, research, and sharing ideas By Scott C. Parker Lighting design for the perform­ing arts is an art form unto itself. At

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sound board
Theatre Education

Demystified

It’s a long running joke in the live sound business that at nearly any show, some audience member will come up to the console and ask, “Wow, do you really

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A group of actors downstage holding up a single actor in a cheerleading pose, in front of actors dressed as cheerleaders dancing upstage.
Theatre Education

Tactics

How to get what you want By Jon Jory Let us begin the new year with a fifteen second review of the acting basics that we’ve covered in the last

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Close up of someone flipping through marked up pages of a script.
Theatre Education

Learning lines

For actors, memorizing is still job one By Bruce Miller Imagine for a moment living in a time before writing was invented, a time when there were no books, no

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A notebook, pencils, paperclips, and rulers lay on an off-white surface.
Theatre Education

Curriculum mapping

A tool to help you track what you teach By Karen Husted Searching for ways to support the value of theatre education is a passion for me. In this era

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a student shakes hands with an adult
Theatre Education

Questions

About a hundred things to ask school representatives You have questions. So do we. The process of selecting a place to study theatre is a two-way street. The school wants

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cube
Theatre Education

Cubes

The ornate Parisian rococo settee and the intricately carved Louis Quatorze table will come later. On the first day of rehearsal, actors just need something to play on. The answer:

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Two actors on stage about to embrace
Theatre Education

The show must go on

Strategies for using understudies By John D. Newman The auditorium of our high school was filled with a thousand sixth graders for a matinee performance of our 2003 production of Crazy

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Close up on two marionette puppets.
Theatre Education

In the shadow of giants

Extending your students reach through puppetry By Daniel McGuire I come from a family of actors, but never felt destined myself for a life in the theatre. I had stage

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big river set design
Theatre Education

Directing the design

By Joe Deer Scenery can tell the audience a great deal about the world they’re entering, and support the director’s ideas about mood, conflict, and themes. It offers visual interest

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A males teacher talks to two students next to lighting equipment.
Theatre Education

An acting teacher’s journey

What does it mean to be a good teacher? By Bruce Miller Outstanding teachers, it seems to me, are a combination of their innate talents and the craft they have

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Theatre Education

Taking notice

Helping your students build characters through observation By Peter King If your students are anything like mine, they are already masters at modeling. And why shouldn’t they be? They’ve been

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A female presenting actor sitting down at a vanity table reading a script.
Theatre Education

How to read a play

Thirty ways to understand a script By Michael Bigelow Dixon Have you ever been in a conversation—or worse, a “classroom discussion”—where other people who saw or read the same play

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sound board with manual sliders and digital buttons
Theatre Education

The sonic artist

By Mike Lawler For Rick Thomas, the fact that there is no Tony Award for sound design confirms that the theatre does not hold in very high esteem the design

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Three actors standing on a stage in front of a red curtain.
Theatre Education

The actor’s toolbox

Ten ways to tune your performance By Jon Jory I’ve been chatting with you about acting for several months now. Among other tools, we’ve discussed the action (some people call

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Group of actors and technicians standing in front of a large camera on a tripod.
Theatre Education

Introduction to film acting

Film acting basics By Nancy Bishop Actor training at the high school and college level has long been focused on theatre acting. Yet the vibrant images of film and television

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girl with light
Theatre Education

Light it up

One of the most common special effects needed in theatre productions is a representation of flame. For safety reasons, a live flame is not usually an option, so we find

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Six actors downstage of a set to resemble a school gymnasium.
Theatre Education

No small parts

In the world of the play, everyone counts By Michael Deahn One of theatre’s great truths is that no actor is an island, with the possible exception of Sir Ian

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Two boys and two girls sit against a wall in theatre class.
Theatre Education

The reluctant learner

How to engage students who want to be someplace else By Peter Duffy It’s a sad fact of the theatre teacher’s life: not all of the students in your class

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A pencil and ruler sit on top of construction plans.
Theatre Education

A new space

The process of building a school theatre By Tarin Chaplin The vote is counted. The administration and school board have finally agreed to support the building of a new theatre

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An actor holding a script rehearsing on stage.
Theatre Education

The stages of rehearsal

Preparing for opening night By Jon Jory Let’s talk about the actor’s work in the final rehearsal push before opening night. In many ways these last rehearsals are the most

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A teacher speaking to a group of three students who are gathered around her.
Theatre Education

Directing the novice actor

Teachers and students alike are sometimes beginners By Laura Lewis-Barr Acting requires tremendous openness and vulnerability. Those of us who direct young, beginning actors face a particularly daunting challenge. Most

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