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I direct the High School musical at our school and run summer theater camps for students in grades 2-5 and 6-12. This website is an amazing, affordable resource for educators and it is very much appreciated! My students have loved playing the skill building games and the scripts available for download are excellent. The site is organized and easy to use. It is definitely my "go-to" resource when planning drama/theater activities. Thank you for providing resources at an affordable cost for educators to help grow the minds of the young actors and actress in our community!
Last year was my first year as a teacher, and I taught Drama to Kinder through 8th grade. This site and all its resources absolutely saved and made my year! 3 of our school plays came from the scripts here, and I feel like I have an endless well of resources, lessons and games to always keep the kids on their toes. I was so happy when I found this site because I didn't have to keep scrounging all over the place for relevant material for all my different age groups. Thank you!
A great site and resource that helped me get through some courses that I never taught before. Incredibly useful and easy to navigate. Highly recommended.
I teach acting and improv to a variety of age groups and Drama Notebook has been my savior more than once! From the many types of lists (character, professions, quirks, titles) that bring new elements to our improv games, to the great lesson plans and plays, it's a wonderful source of information and ideas.
This site is amazing and got me through my first year of teaching theater as a transfer from another discipline, and I have hardly had a chance to scratch the surface!
I subscribed to Drama Notebook when I was looking for some inspiration. I teach year one (age 6), and every year each class works on a play to present to family and friends. I found a couple of plays about Peter Rabbit which I am currently using for my class. They were very appropriate for the stage I teach. Excellent site that I would recommend!
An addictive resource! I started out with the monthly membership but realized within an hour that there was so much to explore and that i could use for my middle school theatre classes! I now have the yearly membership and still am finding countless items to use for my class!
Hi Candice! I'm so glad that you are inspired by what you are finding on Drama Notebook. We have refunded your first month's subscription, as you quickly upgraded to the yearly. --Janea
A fantastic resource with really helpful detail about each script such as cast size and length of show. Very easy to navigate around and made a tremendous difference to our summer school resource base.
Great resources for running a camp, an after school program, or for looking for new scripts and games for an established program. A real life saver!
Drama Notebook is such an awesome resource! Everything is in one place and I don’t have to scour the internet for drama games or appropriate monologues for kids. I wish I found this years ago!
Drama Notebook was a lifesaver when, as a high school drama teacher I was thrown into some elementary School classes. There are tons of fantastic resources and wonderful short plays that are perfect for classroom performances. Highly recommended for anyone who needs new ideas or is new to working with younger students!
Drama Notebook has been a god-send to my drama teaching - I am an inexperienced drama teacher in need of excellent, classroom-ready resources, and this site has provided me with fun, engaging ideas and activities to use in the classroom. Highly recommend!
I've never taught a theater class of any kind. I've never taken a theater class of any kind. So when I was informed that I was teaching theater this year to both HS and MS students my blood pressure may have spiked. Drama Notebook has saved my life this semester. One of my students-- one of those teenagers who is too cool for everything-- told the counselor that Theater is his favorite class. I'd love to take credit but almost all the material I'm using comes from Drama Notebook.
Thanks, Janea and team, for creating a comprehensive resource that allows me to start and end class with engaging, fun activities. My kids are becoming comfortable expressing themselves and learning how to do that in dramatic ways. Our little school hasn't had theater classes for a number of years, but suddenly there's a tremendous amount of positive energy about theater. Go ahead and spring for the 1 year membership... there's plenty here to keep your kids busy being AWESOME for a whole year. Totally worth it.
As a kids/teens ESL teacher I first came into contact with Drama Notebook on quest of useful supplementary resources for my general ESL lessons. Once I surfed the site though... wow! It was literally packed with loads of potentially great materials to use in the classroom. I subscribed, downloaded some, put them into play and... I cannot be happier with the outcome. Tons of thanks Drama Notebook, you guys are awesome!
Every drama educator should have a subscription to Drama Notebook. The materials are current, fun, thorough, and great for students of all ages. Before I joined Drama Notebook, I had a hard time finding material that didn’t make me roll my eyes. I have taught K-12 and on this site I find strong material for all ages and socio-economic backgrounds which are challenging and fun. Plus, their scripts are plentiful! Lastly, they are always adding new plays and lessons. Best drama site for teachers!
I needed a funny Billy Goats Gruff script for my British Year 3 (7-8 year olds) class, and I got one! My class absolutely loved Drama Notebook's version. Everyone got involved. The so-called "lower ability" children really came out of their shells. I'll definitely be back for more wonderful scripts!
Amazing materials not available anywhere else! I am not a “drama person” but was asked to teach drama! I wanted the class to be fun and engaging and not cheesy. ALL of the activities from this site were a hit. Thank you for making teaching drama fun!
Scripts are amazing! Super happy with these resources.
Drama Notebook is a such an incredible resource! I use the materials and scripts on Drama Notebook to teach theatre to elementary and middle school kids in a classroom/camp setting. It is so fun to see them using these scripts and games to get creative and get outside of the box! Thank you!
As a drama teacher for years, I am always looking for new material. Drama Notebook has provided some of the most fun and effective materials I have ever used. My 'Acting for Tweens' class especially loved the "20 Practice Scenes for Pairs." These pieces provided entertaining as well as a manageable training ground for characterization, humor, timing and working together. What a great resource!
I have a degree in theater and have been teaching theatre to middle-school students for seven years now. Many of the other resources are so expensive! I am only one teacher with no budget. I have been able to show that this resource is worth purchasing. To not have to pay hundreds of dollars to attempt to put on a production is really a blessing. I love using the short plays and divide the classes up to perform. I have wasted plenty of money buying books for "Plays/scripts for students/teens" and they are horrible. Drama Notebook scripts are fun, inventive, and appropriate for this age group. The one year subscription has been far and above the best value for our department! We are happy to link to Drama Notebook on our school website, and to send photos for other teachers to see, as we are saving hundreds in royalties and other ridiculous fees!
I was asked to teach drama to students in grades one to five and didn’t know where to start. I subscribed to Drama Notebook and it was fantastic! There was a large variety of lessons and plays and the students loved the activities. I was grateful to have this resource and wouldn’t consider teaching drama without it.
I have never offered a review on any product or service but I am making an exception for an exceptional and excellent site. The resources and personal service enhanced my own life as well as the lives of young artists in my community. I was asked to reinstate the Community Children’s Theater in a small town in the heart of Appalachia. Drama Notebook Has been a “go-to” resource with games, skits, plays and videos-all worth every penny. Highly recommended!
I teach English as a foreign language in a secondary school in Russia. My students love putting on plays and shows, but there are very few interesting scripts to get here in Russia, so we mostly did classics like Tom Sawyer or Alice in Wonderland, which I love, but you can't do that every year, can you? I was looking for more and I am very happy to have found this site - for reasonable money I got access to wonderful plays both good old classics and new modern ones. We put on "The News Done Spread" by Jonathan Joy with my 10-graders and we won the 1st prize in the local English Drama school competition, so I was offered to do a full English drama course next year. Thank you! Your project was something I was looking for, it's a very valuable resource for teachers of English as a second language.
My two daughters and a friend wanted to do something at the annual Eisteddfod this year. We've chosen "Crows" from the noisy-poems booklet and are having so much fun making a little drama-piece from it. Thank you for these wonderful resources!
I downloaded the Shakespeare Lesson Ideas book. The activities were only tangentially connected to Shakespeare. I canceled my membership immediately.
I'm sorry that you were dissatisfied with your download. I do hope that you got at least one idea you could use out of the 13 pages of Shakespeare activities. I will happily issue you a full refund!
As part of a shared schooling program, I was charged with creating a semester-long 2hrs/week music and drama classes for three classes (K-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-9th) comprised of home-schooled, private schooled, and public schooled students. Drama Notebook was a lifesaver! Many of the students who started out being hesitant to try the class ended up loving it! For my two older classes, I mostly used the materials from the "Shakespeare for Kids" workshop/unit. It was a huge hit for students and parents alike. I found the unit easy to use and to adapt. Many of the other resources, such as the Beginning Acting lesson plans, were also extremely useful. I definitely recommend that all drama teachers subscribe. It is a phenomenal value. I also highly recommend the "Shakespeare for Kids" workshop.
Can't describe how impressed I am with this resource. It is the difference between "Wouldn't it be great to run a drama program?" and "We can run a drama program!" Amazing.
Loved the materials. They worked well for 3 workshops I facilitated for high school students in Rochester, NY.
I have purchased a few scripts from this site for in class use and they are wonderful. Their abridged Shakespeare is fantastic and definitely helps bring the Bards words to the classroom an easier task. Thanks for all you do!
I'm on my 14th year teaching drama and theatre classes and JUST NOW JOINED "Drama Notebook". Good heavens, WHAT was I waiting for? I've created my own curriculum for years and have some dandy material, but sometimes I just sit and shake my head in fatigue and need fresh stuff. Enter ... "Drama Notebook". Whee HA! Their pieces are great and their suggestions are practical and fun. JOIN, JOIN, JOIN!!!
~ Jeanette (Johnson) Boynton, CA
Thank you so much Drama notebook! You saved my bacon! Trying to put a drama class together for the first time and of course at the last minute was daunting until I found your service. The kids loved the activities and the classroom management tips gave me the confidence I needed the get all the kids going in the same direction. Great job!
Drama Notebook was my GO TO as a middle school drama teacher! The monologue contest was so much fun and they have great plays and games! Thank you Drama Notebook for all of the awesome resources and ideas!
I came across Drama Notebook after I was FRANTICALLY looking for theater classroom material.
I have my degree in performance, worked professionally on television and stage and Drama Notebook has a library of some of the best material online. If you stop here, put it in park! You've found your destination for all things acting.
Drama Notebook helped me so much this past year in the classroom! I taught drama classes for kids K-12 at a home-school co-op for the very first time and Drama Notebook was exactly what I needed. I’m a music teacher by trade and was intimidated by the thought of teaching drama at first. With all the warm ups, exercises, and intriguing activities and lesson plans, however, I was equipped to teach and personally inspired to keep going. My students had a blast and were asking to do many of the activities over again!
Drama Notebook provides a wide range of choices for material for all ages. It is all user friendly and current. This is indeed a valuable and inspiring source of educational material for all drama teachers.
Just finishing up my second year of teaching Drama (7-12th grade) and Drama Notebook is my go-to place for quick lessons, scripts, and ideas. "How to Teach Your First Drama Class" was a godsend for my first year and many of the games have become class favorites. I love that I can download a script or a lesson for immediate use. We have had fun staging "Three Ghosts and a Jock" and "Anansi the Spider." Next year I plan to use Drama Notebook resources to help with my monologue and one act unit. Keep up the good work!
Just finished our performance of 'The Mystery of the Missing Medallion.' It was a huge success. The script was easy to follow for my drama club (4th & 5th graders) and they really embraced their roles. Each didn’t have long complicated lines or actions and the parents found it hysterical. I found Drama Notebook while trying to find a script for the club. We had no money to pay royalties and had a large group of kids that all needed a role. Drama Notebook was perfect as well as easy to use. I really wanted a mystery play as well and one that didn’t have violence which is a rare find. Love Drama Notebook!
I came across this resource in Pinterest. It is an absolute “must have” in your resource tool kit. There are many topics both full units and one off activities. Lots of lists that cross over for activities. I can’t tell you how many times Drama Notebook saved my day when I had not much of a lesson plan. Another bonus is the price. Do yourself a favour and sign up! Thank you Drama Notebook! See you next year, hopefully with some new units! 😊
Ms. M., Calgary AB
I have used several websites for shows for students, and searched many more, and Drama Notebook is an amazing resource of really well-written shows, with many many options for all sizes of groups. I am so happy to have found it!
As an elementary theatre teacher I found the resources through Drama Notebook to be extremely useful. They have inspired and facilitated whole units of study, and came in handy during lesson planning for my maternity leave. I highly recommend subscribing!
This site was everything I was looking for! I have some specific needs in regard to parents being sensitive to words used. I contacted the support team who contacted the playwright and was given permission to change those few words. I was just going to cross them out, but "Ask and you shall receive!" The team of support people for this site are amazing. They have been generous with time, talent and energy. You will not be sorry that you tried this site!
My 9th-12th grade high school students performed the One-Hour version of The Tempest with great success! I would have loved to perform the play in its entirety but felt that 2-1/2 hours was just too much for a first-time Shakespearean play for our students and demographic. This was a perfect solution that kept the integrity and storyline in check. Thank you Drama Notebook!
I am so excited to have discovered this resource. I teach a 5/6 drama class and love finding material on this site that fits the criteria for our performance. I even contacted the author of the plays for advice and he was extremely helpful. I will use this resource again!
As a librarian who supports classroom teachers in their core subjects, I found Drama Notebook an invaluable resource for public speaking, literature support, and just plain fun for my middle elementary students. They loved your plays!! And I loved the range of materials. Thank you!
Drama Notebook has been a godsend for our community theatre. The scripts are high quality, the audiences love them and to top it all off, they're reasonably priced (usually just a link and some pictures!). The site is easy to navigate and is updated often. We're a fan!
I used two short plays from Drama Notebook in my ESL conversation class. The plays were useful in getting students to drop their inhibitions and practice the rhythms and sounds of spoken English. I am always looking for creative ways to induce students to listen and express themselves in English, and these plays were helpful. The students enjoyed them and so did I. Thank you, Drama Notebook!
Soooo glad I found drama notebook! I volunteered to teach two drama classes at our home-school co-op. I had been involved in drama productions as an actor and director before, but had never taught a class about acting. Drama Notebook had everything I needed! It was easy to start right away with their first class ideas and gave me so many ideas that I could teach this class for years! The kids all want me to keep it going next year too! The drama games helped the kids learn to work together and gave them confidence to get up in front of their peers to speak - both essential life-long skills. By the last day of class they were all substantially more dramatic - in a very good way!!
I just want to give a huge THANK YOU to "Drama Notebook!" I am finishing my first year teaching and this has been the first time in my life that I've ever done something with drama. I was so stressed when I started because I wasn't sure where to even begin when searching for a play. Now I'm having so much fun with my students finishing up our play and am excited for next year! This site is a life saver!