Theater

Let's Tell a Story | Everyday Learning

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This brief animation shares the story of a hamster as imagined by children. Hammie is a classroom hamster that finds new opportunity when his cage door is left open. Hammie does some exploring around the classroom and ultimately sneaks into a backpack looking for food. Three different children tell the story adding new parts and passing the story to another friend. When Hammie is in the backpack, the viewer is asked to tell what happens next.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Brings Back Beloved Characters and Record Ticket Sales | PBS NewsHour

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Discuss the factors that make the "Star Wars" franchise such a success with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from December 17, 2015.

Twelfth Night: Physical Theater Workshop | Shakespeare in the Schools

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This workshop is an introduction to how actors use movement and the physical body to tell stories and express emotion. Through playful exercise, students learn to use movement to convey the rich themes, conflicts, and relationships within Twelfth Night. This resource contains a Short Video with the actors discussing this topic, an example in the Full Workshop Video, an Excerpts Video containing examples from the full play, and a walk-through in the Lesson Plan.

The Importance of Mentors in Theater | Treasures of New York: "The Drama League"

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Explore how young theater directors benefit from mentoring in this video from Treasures of New York: The Drama League. Each year a cohort of fellows are selected to receive professional training as part of The Drama League’s Directors Project. Students hear advice from experienced theater professionals and are encouraged to think about the kind of preparation required for a career in the theater.

Teaching the Holocaust Through Art: Classwork Timeline | Murals of the Holocaust

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Kim Joiner explains how she planned a unit on the Holocaust that included art and drama activities and a field trip. She describes the elements of the unit, from the initial overview for students to history and art lessons, field trip preparation, and the final art project and presentations.

Up On Your Feet | Experiencing Shakespeare

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Students get up on their feet to act out a scene from one of Shakespeare's plays and then discuss the techniques they've learned to portray the story and character.

Santa Fe Indian School Students Explore Identity Through Verse

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Through verse, members of the Spoken Word Club at the Santa Fe Indian School articulate identities both modern and traditional.

Theater Basics: Off the Stage | Drama Arts Toolkit

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Learn the basic steps to theater and the jobs that are involved in a production of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Watch the process from first reading of the script through final dress rehearsal. Producer/director Ave Lawyer and members of the cast discuss their process and offer ideas on acting and theater production.

 

Stargate Theatre | "Dear Justice System"

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Explore the impact of participation in the justice system on court-involved youth in this video from Stargate Theater: A Defining Act. The documentary follows the story of a group of boys who produce a play based on their experience growing up in neighborhoods with high incarceration rates. Support materials ask students to research the justice system, analyze statistics, and write a creative response similar to the youth in the film by writing a letter to the justice system.

Stargate Theatre: A Defining Act is a documentary film that shares the story of the Stargate Theatre Company, a groundbreaking program that immerses court-involved youth in the theater arts as a mechanism for coping with and overcoming negative factors in their lives. Founded by the prestigious Manhattan Theatre Club, Stargate provides its members with transitional employment, work-readiness training, and literacy education in a creative theatrical environment. Told through the voices of the Stargate company members, along with the teaching artists and professionals who lead them, Stargate Theatre: A Defining Act follows these young men from auditions to the final performance of their original play, “Deeper than Skin.”

Behind the Scenes of Prehistoric Problems | Drama Arts Toolkit

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Playwright Aiden Phillips describes the genesis of his play, “Prehistoric Problems,” about a teenage T. rex with two stegosaurus fathers. Director Lila Rachel Becker explains the core conflicts among the characters. Teaching artist Keith McGill traces how the different storylines come together. The play was part of the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

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