We help anyone who teaches drama save time and create lessons their students LOVE.
Your time is valuable. You can spend countless hours searching the internet for drama activities for children and teens, only to find broken links or sites that feature a small sampling of activities. Don’t let the price fool you. This site is NOT a compilation of random freebies from the internet. Drama Notebook is packed with high-quality, creative lessons-organized beautifully for you.
Promise yourself that if you spend more than two hours searching for what you need, that you’ll come back and give yourself the gift of a subscription. If, for any reason, the material you find here does not exceed your expectations, simply send us a note and request a refund.
Immediately gain access to our Lesson Library, our royalty-free Script Library, and our videos for ages 5-18 for less than $10 a month. With Drama Notebook, you can dramatically reduce your lesson planning time while delivering fresh, innovative lessons to your students. Join for as long as you are teaching and suspend or cancel your membership when you are done.
Check out our workshop lesson plans for elementary and middle-school students. These lesson plans are 140-220 pages long and are not included in the regular subscription. If you are teaching an entire themed unit or a workshop, camp or after-school program, the planning is basically done for you!
They are packed with custom-themed activities, original drama games, royalty-free scripts, stage diagrams, printable homework sheets and more!
See what our members think…
I’ve been teaching for over 35 years and the Drama Notebook curriculum is a gift beyond measure. It is inspiring to have so much material at my fingertips especially when I occasionally run out of steam. I can find something for any age or any background while ensuring that my student’s experiences are fruitful and rewarding. There are tons of original activities that don’t speak down to kids, but empower them while promoting individual growth and creativity. This curriculum rocks!!
Drama Teacher and Award Winning Actress
I no longer have to scour books, and search online to find the materials I need. It has all been provided for me in an easy to use format. If I need to inspire a group of kids to create a five minute play, I know I can find the right activity in minutes!
Former Disney Character Actor and Teaching Artist
I love your site! I find it to be extremely helpful, concise, and full of great advice, fun activities, and plenty of resources for any in class activity. I’ve been teaching and directing children’s theater in Portland for the past four years and I can’t believe I’m just finding you now! Thank you for providing such a great resource for teachers everywhere!
Teaching Artist, Village Home School
I am a middle school drama teacher and Drama Notebook has been such a life and time saver! All the resources and activities match perfectly with my curriculum for my Acting, Intro to Drama, Theatre Arts, and Improvisation classes! The print and play games are great because they save the time of making the lists-they are ready to go. I love how there always new things to explore, especially the new monologue section! The Facebook page has also been a wonderful new addition–as I check the updates, new ideas are always keeping things fresh. Thanks to Janea and Drama Notebook for making my life easier as a drama teacher and my lessons creative and inspiring!
I’ve been an actor for over 30 years and over the last 2 years I’ve been working with a youth theatre for kids between the ages of 15 and 18. Janea’s personal recommendations to me were really helpful and I felt a lot more secure working with the kids. Her advice, along with the amazing material on this website allows me to have confidence in the lesson plans that I prepare.
Even with sixteen years of experience teaching drama, I constantly find new games and curriculum in the Drama Notebook! It’s an amazingly comprehensive and creative collection of theater activities to use in the classroom or even at home with my own kids!
Amy LaRosa Peters
Friday I was asked to begin an after-school drama club starting on Monday. I was stressed out, because I want this to be an awesome experience for the kids, as well as me. All worries are gone now that I found this site and all the resources! THANK YOU for sharing!! Now I cannot wait to begin, I feel so prepared.
I love my Drama Notebook subscription! Out of all of the dozens of books and resources I have collected over the years, it always seems that the games and lessons that come from the Drama Notebook are the biggest hits with the students! I will continue to be loyal subscriber as long as I teach Drama!
Friendship Christian School
This is the most inspiring drama site that I have ever found. I have been teaching drama workshops for the past twenty years and created much of my own material. But sometimes you just feel uninspired and lacking in new ideas. Thanks to this site, that should never happen again. Many thanks.
Youth and Community Drama
Drama Notebook curriculum has been to my career. I have been teaching/directing drama for 13 years, and while I have a lot of teaching ideas, I was feeling burned out on some of it. I really needed a refresher for my bag of tricks. This curriculum was just the ticket. It’s easy to understand and teach, and the prepared cut-out ideas are fantastic!
Actress, Teaching Artist
I am truly enjoying this website and finding it to be one of the most helpful tools I have as a drama teacher. The author of the site is amazing. When I needed extra information on a topic, she sent me personal insights that were helpful and much appreciated.
Drama Coach, Fairfield CT
I have been teaching Creative Drama for three years to preschoolers and 6-9 year olds, with no formal training, relying on my own thought up lessons plans and finding my way…. sometimes successfully, sometimes not! In a moment of desperation for new inspiration, I decided to turn to my faithful friend Google again. Although this time, to my surprise, Drama Notebook popped up! WOW! Finally a website sharing REAL lesson plans! Not just a few but 100’s of ideas! THANK you, thank you Drama Notebook for changing my life!
The Drama Box, Cape Town, South Africa
Thank you Janea for providing us with Drama Notebook! I run an after school drama club called POCKET MONEY WORKSHOP for 5-15 year-olds just outside Manchester, UK and I find your site an invaluable resource. I stumbled across DN whilst researching ideas for my classes, but thanks to you, I no longer have to trawl through pages and pages of information to find appropriate material. Everything – and so much more besides – is there in a ‘click’. Love it!
Drama Notebook has really helped me become a more efficient and organized drama teacher! Before I became a member, it was always hard finding appropriate games and ideas for my classes, but this website gathers them all and categorizes them all in the one place! It really has been a great help and an inspiration for many of my lessons and learning activities! Thank you Drama Notebook 🙂
Drama teacher from Melbourne, Australia
I led a Drama camp at my church for a week last summer. Your Drama Notebook resources were so valuable to me. I used many of the drama games from your website. The kids had a blast! One of their homework assignments was to create a character complete with costume and a short monologue. It was very entertaining! Our week of Drama Camp ended with the children leading our evening worship service. I was like a proud mama! Thank you for the resources given in the Drama Notebook. It is a well organized resource and I found it extremely helpful!!!