Can you please explain to me how the credits work?
ALL lessons in the Drama Notebook Lesson Library are one credit each regardless of length. MOST scripts in the Script Library are also only one credit. A handful of scripts are 3-10 credits because they either contain a lot of extra teaching material, or they are full-length. All scripts that are more than one credit are noted in the description. If there is no mention of credits, it’s just one.
I’m interested in performing a play I found on Drama Notebook. How much are the royalties?
Drama Notebook is not like a typical play publisher. Our plays are royalty free when no admission is charged. You are also welcome to make as many copies as you need for your cast and crew at no additional charge. We DO ask for TWO things when you perform our scripts. 1. Send a note of thanks to the playwright. 2. Post a link to Drama Notebook on your school or organization website. Please visit our copyright guidelines page for complete information.
Can’t I find this information for free on other websites?
No. While you may be able to find some of it, the majority of material is fresh, original work that took seventeen years to compile and new lessons are added all of the time.
Why should I pay to become a member?
Your time is valuable. Why spend hours searching the internet, finding broken links, a handful of basic drama activities, or incomplete content when you could easily have thousands of pages of high-quality drama materials at your fingertips? Even if you click away from this site today, promise yourself that if you do not immediately find what you’re looking for, that you will come back and at least try Drama Notebook.
I am new to teaching drama. Will this site work for me?
Absolutely yes! Having a theatre background is a plus, but the lessons and activities in this site are easy for almost any teacher to understand and follow.
What if I’m only teaching drama for a short period of time?
Join for as long as you are teaching, then cancel. Come back if you start teaching drama again. Many members are teaching drama for only part of the year, or in after-school settings.
How much is it?
It would take an individual or a district many years and thousands of dollars in workshops, books and training to develop what is readily available on this site. We have several different very affordable options here.
That sounds too good to be true. Why isn’t it more expensive?
The author of Drama Notebook believes that educators and artists, especially those who work with children, are making an incredibly meaningful contribution in this world and she wants to keep it affordable. Plus, most teachers join thinking that they will get some good ideas and stay for a month or so, but then they find that the site is incredibly valuable on an ongoing basis and they decide to stay for a year or more.
Do you have group memberships?
Group licenses for school districts, after-school providers, children’s theatre companies and other organizations are available at discounted rates. Read more about group licenses here.
Can I pay for one membership and then give the password out to my entire staff or school district?
No. Drama Notebook has a “virtual” security guard who alerts us when there is an account sharing violation.
Most drama activities work for ages four to ninety! Drama Notebook materials are perfect for students ages 5-18.
Are the materials in Drama Notebook designed to comply with common core standards?
Yes and no. Standards vary according to municipality; however, they tend to be quite broad for theatre. You should be able to easily find materials in Drama Notebook that will satisfy your requirements. But the lessons are not formatted with the obligatory page and a half of administrator-speak at the top. If you’re in a position in which you must prove satisfaction of standards, you’ll have to add the appropriate assessment metrics in yourself. NOTE: Janea does author custom-lesson plans for various organizations and districts that do include compliance assessments. Contact her directly with your needs.
Is your site safe? What if I have technical problems with the site?
Drama Notebook is PCI compliant. An independent assessment agency performs a monthly scan on the site and has deemed it safe for visitors/members. If you have any technical problems, please contact us immediately. There is usually a simple solution!