Scene Starters for Drama Class

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Here are 28 complex situations with characters to use in improv, character work, or as prompts for students to write their own short plays or skits!

Scene work is a foundation of learning theatre. Here are 28 scenes for actors to either improvise or create a scripted piece, and four different ways to use the scene prompts. These advanced scene starters include complex situations and specific characters.

Example of a scene starter:


A jail cell. A bench will only sit three people and there are four people in the cell. You have been told that one person will be released due to lack of space, but as a group, you must decide who!


A college student who ran a red light and crashed into a fire hydrant
An innocent woman accused of murdering her husband
A jewel thief
A drunk person who caused a barroom fight

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