Acting lesson plans and activities.
Beginning Acting Nine-Week Lesson Plan 42 pages. You read that right. A forty-two page awesome Beginning Acting lesson plan comes with a membership to Drama Notebook.
Beginning Acting Lesson Plan for Younger Students 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 in drama class.
20 More Short Practice Scenes 20 more one-page scenes for pairs or three actors!
Another 20 Practice Scenes Another 20 short practice scenes for pairs.
Scene Study for Teens Lesson Plan 25 pages. Are you teaching scene study to teens this year? Enjoy eight sessions already planned for you!
How to Coach Individual Drama Students Helpful guide for acting coaches, and those teaching individual drama lessons.
Activities for Coaching Individual Drama Students Fantastic collection of activities to use when working with individual drama students.
Physical Warm-ups 19 pages. Here are 22 ways to warm up the body before rehearsal/acting class!
Breathing Exercises and Warm-ups 11 pages of breathing exercises that cover: exploring the breath; warm-ups; technique; relaxation; and overcoming stage fright.
Tips for Student Performers Handout of ten tips for students who are putting on a play!
Facing the Audience Two page lesson that teaches a specific theatre technique that will finally get your students to face the audience!
Vocal Warm-ups 4 pages. Includes twelve fun ways for actors to warm up their voices!
Memorization Strategies 12 techniques for helping your students memorize their lines. 11 pages.
7 Levels of Tension Movement-based acting technique with accompanying 7 Levels of Tension video!
Emotions and Feelings Prompts 60 emotions and feeling scenarios for young actors.
Character Names-A Fun Group Bonding Game Fun group bonding game that includes printable list of four types of distinctly different characters.
Me Poems Three versions of fill-in-the blank poems that can help your students bond with each other and develop self-awareness.
Mirror 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.
Statues 5-page detailed tutorial of the classic theatre activity ‘Statue.’ Includes eleven variations, discussion questions and nearly 100 suggestions for types of statues.
Become Classic drama activity in which students ‘become’ appliances, household items, flowers, and even weather! 10 pages. Includes three pages of prompts!
Tableaus Five-page tutorial on this classic theatre exercise. Includes a description of tableau work, tips for creating successful tableaus and over 100 prompts.
Extreme Bonding Games 6 pages. Is your group having trouble getting along? Here are 15 super-charged bonding activities that will help bring your group together!
Activity Pantomimes 30 easy pantomimes for younger students and 36 more difficult ones for older students.
Pantomimes for Pairs 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.
Scene Starters for Pairs Here are 28 imaginative scene starters for younger students and 28 scene starters for older students! Print them out and start the activity immediately.
Advanced Scene Starters 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!
Emotions List Fantastic list of 37 distinct emotions ready to print out and put in a hat for use with improvisational situations/games.
24 Improvisations with Obstacles 24 short, solo scenes to assign to your advanced or older students!
Phone Conversations 42 engaging situations for actors to improvise a one-sided phone conversation. Incredibly fun and perfect for coaching individual actors!
Motivations Improvs 25 improvisational situations that prompt students to develop their own character’s motivation for wanting a specific thing.
Motivation Walks 34 reasons to cross the stage. A super-fun activity that teaches the importance of motivation in stage movement.
Entrances Here are 24 locations and situations that can help young actors practice making their entrances meaningful!
Characters Awesome list of over 100 character types on three printable pages!
Stage Business 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.
Treasure Hunt Game-An Original Stage Business Activity Actors practice being authentic onstage by searching for hidden items. Included are complete instructions and 25 obstacles.
Meisner Activities Over 100 suggestions for Meisner independent activities. You will not find this anywhere else!
How to Write Blocking Notations 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!
Two Lines Game 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! Includes commercial scripts for kids.
Audition Form for Elementary Editable audition form template for elementary or primary school productions.
Audition form for Middle School and High School Editable audition form template for middle school and high school productions.