As an audience member purchasing tickets for a show, we are all guilty of trying to find the seat that we think is the best one. Is this the best seat in the house? Technically, if we are doing our job right as creators and artists, every seat should be a good seat. The thing that makes a seat the best one is being able to see, and because of that, sight lines are one of the most important, and I think, overlooked parts of the production.Read More
I've had the privilege of teaching a wide range of age groups. I had two classes as my time as a teaching assistant beforehand, 4-6 year olds and 7-12 year olds, and I loved them all so much, they were such a lively bunch and always made my week so entertaining. It was usually my job to warm up my lil' tinkers, and depending on who was in my class, and how old they were, decided what game we'd play that day. Here is the mental list I had made in my time as a TA about all the warm-up games I'd played throughout the years.Read More
Contradiction in a teacher-student relationship is unnecessary; it does not develop the mind of a student, and only leads to overthinking their steps to ensure they're doing the right thing, which often ends up being wrong.Read More
Emotional intelligence and empathy are just as essential to living a healthy, meaningful, and successful life as critical thinking is. If we want to impart these skills onto a new generation of students, we would be wise to use the foundations of theater as our first step.Read More
Ah, money. It’s the last thing we want to think about in terms of our programs, but it is a necessary consideration. Whether you are fully funded by your district or on your own, running a program requires careful thought and management to be successful.Read More
So, sometimes, I cast all the children. I cast them all because it took guts to show up. It took guts to sing, dance, read, or act in front of their teenage peers. They auditioned looking for fun. They auditioned looking for a place to belong. They wanted a family, and we have the best one. Theatre is the best family I’ve ever had.Read More
It's a common misconception and a huge stereotype that drama students are constantly full of energy, are very loud, always bouncing from wall to wall - when in reality that is not the case at all (maybe besides the 'loud' part...).Read More
I spent opening night of my recent show sitting at the back of the auditorium, poised to run backstage and fix problems. It didn’t start out that way. I gave a curtain speech and felt the excited buzz of anticipation as I sat and watched the show begin. And then… the mics didn’t work. And the curtains caught, three times. And a trumpet was left onstage. And two actors who had never had so much as a slip of the tongue in rehearsal froze and forgot their lines. Props weren’t checked, or went missing after being checked.Read More
The world is soaring forward with the possibilities of technology and many of our schools are working to keep up with the changing society. It is very common to now see schools that are BYOD or 1 to 1 with technology. BYOD schools encourage students to “bring your own device” in order to utilize technology in the classroom. Schools that are 1 to 1 have assigned all students a device that they either take home regularly or leave at school, but every student has consistent access to their a device. As a classroom teacher, you may begin (or already have) to feel pressured to utilize technology in your classroom. This can be a challenge for all teachers, but especially those of us in performance based classrooms! How does the theatre classroom incorporate these technologies in a meaning-making way?Read More
Surviving middle school is tough the first time around, and for those of us who are crazy enough to go back and teach there, some days can feel like a circus. Between dealing with rampant pre-pubescent hormones, administration, parents, and staff, teaching what we love can seem impossibly hard.Read More
Teaching theatre can be lonely.
Wait. What?! How can teaching be lonely? You’re literally surrounded by people all…day...long.
Yes. True. Surrounded by people. People in your classroom who hopefully love theatre and love you. Surrounded by your students. Hopefully surrounded by supportive teaching, admin, and school staff. Maybe supportive parents and guardians too.
But, teaching theatre is lonely.Read More