Teaching Basic Drama

12 page, easy-to-follow outline packed with activities for your first drama class!

Four pages—includes sample workshop outline for a Beginning Acting class.

One page worksheet to help you identify objectives for your class.

Fill one of these in for every session and stay on track with fulfilling the goals of your class.

Don’t suffer by learning the hard way. Here are 13 pages of highly effective classroom management strategies and tips specifically for drama class!

If you are working with at-risk students, or students who simply don’t want to be in your class, read this 16 page guide before quitting your job.

Start and end your class with meaning! This six-page tutorial offers 12 ways to open class and six ways to end the experience.

18 page guide that easily walks you through the process of creating a themed-show that is fully created by the students.

How to Run a Drama Camp

20 page guide that teaches you how to set up and run a drama camp for fun and profit!

No more hurt feelings when it comes to casting younger students in a show!

Most comprehensive list of theatre terminology you will find anywhere! Over 11 pages and 150 theatrical terms.

Here are all the basic elements of stage direction and movement all in one thirteen page tutorial!

52 drama activities organized by categories that are perfect for the beginning of the school year!

Beginning Acting

42 pages. You read that right. A forty-two page awesome Beginning Acting lesson plan comes with a membership to Drama Notebook.

18 pages. If you are working with students, ages 5-8, this lesson plan will dramatically reduce your planning time!

20 Practice Scenes for Pairs

Twenty one-page scenes that can be acted out immediately!

25 pages. Are you teaching scene study to teens this year? Enjoy eight sessions already planned for you!

19 pages. Here are 22 ways to warm up the body before rehearsal/acting class!

11 pages of breathing exercises that cover: exploring the breath; warm-ups; technique; relaxation; and overcoming stage fright.

4 pages. Includes twelve fun ways for actors to warm up their voices!

Fun group bonding game that includes printable list of four types of distinctly different characters.

Three versions of fill-in-the blank poems that can help your students bond with each other and develop self-awareness.


3-page detailed tutorial of the classic theatre exercise ‘Mirror.’ Includes ten variations and discussion questions.

Space Walk

11 pages, includes instructions for 13 different versions of this exercise, complete with over 100 prompts.


5-page detailed tutorial of the classic theatre activity ‘Statue.’ Includes eleven variations, discussion questions and nearly 100 suggestions for types of statues.


Classic drama activity in which students ‘become’ appliances, household items, flowers, and even weather! 10 pages. Includes three pages of prompts!


Five-page tutorial on this classic theatre exercise. Includes a description of tableau work, tips for creating successful tableaus and over 100 prompts.

6 pages. Is your group having trouble getting along? Here are 15 super-charged bonding activities that will help bring your group together!

30 easy pantomimes for younger students and 36 more difficult ones for older students.

22 pantomime suggestions for pairs and 22 character pantomimes for pairs ready to print out, cut apart and put in a hat! Includes four ways to use them.

Here are 28 imaginative scene starters for younger students and 28 scene starters for older students! Print them out and start the activity immediately.

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!

24 short, solo scenes to assign to your advanced or older students!

42 engaging situations for actors to improvise a one-sided phone conversation. Incredibly fun and perfect for coaching individual actors!

Fantastic list of 37 distinct emotions ready to print out and put in a hat for use with improvisational situations/games.

25 improvisational situations that prompt students to develop their own character’s motivation for wanting a specific thing.

34 reasons to cross the stage. A super-fun activity that teaches the importance of motivation in stage movement.

Here are 24 locations and situations that can help young actors practice making their entrances meaningful!

Awesome list of over 100 character types on three printable pages!

Help your actors become believable onstage by having them practice performing stage business authentically. Here are over 40 suggestions and four ways to use them.

Actors practice being authentic onstage by searching for hidden items. Included are complete instructions and 25 obstacles.

Over 100 suggestions for Meisner independent activities. You will not find this anywhere else!

Quick and easy guide to teaching students how to write blocking notations!

Traverse Staging PowerPoint

A thirty page PowerPoint presentation that teaches about traverse staging!

Lesson that teaches how lines can change meaning in different situations. Included are sixteen sets of lines for pairs, with four different situations for each set of lines.

Subtext Lesson

Fun, easy way to teach the concept of subtext! 6 pages. Ages 10 and up.

Open Scenes

Here are nine short scenes for two that are designed to be interpreted in a myriad of ways. 9 pages. Ages 10 and up.

Auditioning for Film Commercials

Ten-page lesson plan that offers a fantastic introduction to acting for film!

Worksheets and Evaluations

12 pages of graphically designed character worksheets for a wide-range of ages/abilities!

Custom worksheet for students who are working with historical characters. Includes simple and advanced versions!

Custom worksheet for students who are working with fairy tale characters. Includes simple and advanced versions!

Custom worksheet for students who are working with monster characters.

Custom worksheet for students who are working with animal characters. Includes simple and advanced versions!

One page worksheet that allows students to reflect on their efforts/accomplishments on a recent project or performance.

This 11 page tutorial takes an in-depth look at the art of peer evaluation.

Excellent monologue performance rubric!