Books and Articles

Another one of our favorite books is The Stage and the School.  The Stage and the School provides students and teachers with the tools needed to build key theater skills. Students receive instruction in classic training exercises, production techniques, and theater conventions. Skills are developed through lessons that help students draw on their personal experiences and build historical and cultural background knowledge. In addition, students are exposed to hands-on exercises that provide them with authentic practical experience in casting, directing, and presenting plays. This text also features frequent application activities with options to meet any student ability and interest level and a flexible five-part organization that allows for customization to fit the unique needs of each class. This text is also published by Glencoe, but affordable copies can be found online at Amazon.com, as well as BarnesandNoble.com.

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A great resource for both teachers and students is Theatre: Art in Action. This textbook provides theatre history, as well as information in regard to Acting, Directing and Producing, and Technical Theatre. Theatre: Art in Action teaches theater through hands-on performance-based exercises that have students assume the roles of actor, director, designer, technician, producer, stage crew, and publicist to gain an appreciation for and understanding of theater as an art form, today and through history. While the textbook is still published by Glencoe, it can be found on various websites including Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com for very affordable prices.

Articles We Love!

  • Ames, Raina S. A High School Theatre Teacher's Survival Guide. New York: Routledge, 2005. Print.

  • ​Bogart, Anne. A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theatre. New York: Routledge, 2001.​ Print.

  • ​​Boleslavsky, Richard. Acting: The First Six Lessons.  New York: Theatre Arts Books, 1933. Print.

  • ​Brook, Peter. The Empty Space. New York: Viking Penguin, 1968.Print.

  • Brook, Peter. The Open Door. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1995. Print.

  • Bruder, Melissa, Lee Cohn, Madeleine Olnek, Nathaniel Pollack, Robert Previto, and Scott Zigler. A Practical Handbook for the Actor . 1st ed. ​ New York: Random House, Inc. , 1986. Print.

  • Campbell, Drew. Technical Theater for Nontechnical People. New York: Allworth Press, 1999. Print. 

  • Cohen, Cynthia E., Roberto Gutierrez Varea, and Polly O. Walker eds. Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict. Oakland: New Village, 2011. Print.

  • ​Filichia, Peter. Let's Put on a Musical: How to Choose the Right Show For Your Theater. New York: Backstage Books, 1993. Print. 

  • ​Johnson, Liz and Cecily O'Neill ed.. Dorothy Heathcote: Collected Writings on Education and Drama. London: Hutchinson Education, 1984. Print. 

  • ​Johnson, Margaret. The Drama Teacher's Survival Guide: A Complete Tool Kit for Theatre Arts. Colorado Springs, CO: Meriwether Publishing., 2007. Print.

  •  Johnson, Margaret F. The Drama Teacher's Survival Guide #2: Activities, Exercises, and Techniques for the Theatre Classroom. Colorado Springs: Meriwether, 2011. Print. 

  • Klaus, Carl H., Miriam Gilbert, and Bradford S.  Field. Stages of Drama: Classical to Contemporary Masterpieces of the Theater. 5th ed. New York: St.  Martin's, n.d. Print.

  • Needlands, Jonothan. Making Sense of Drama: A Guide to Classroom Practice. Oxford: Heinemann Educational Books, 1984.​ Print. 

  • ​Novelly, Maria C., and Adele Firth. Staging Musicals for Young Performers: How to Produce a Show in 36 Sessions or Less. Colorado Springs, CO: Meriwether Publishing, 2004. Print.

  • Ommanney, Katharine Anne., and Harry H. Schanker. The Stage and the School. Brisbane: Queensland Braille Writing Association, 1989. Print. 

  • O'Neill, Cecily and Alan Lambert. Drama Structures: A Practical Handbook for Teachers. London: Hutchinson Education, 1983.​​ Print. 

  •  Schwartz, Dorothy Thames, and Dorothy Aldrich. Give Them Roots and Wings: A Guide to Drama in the Elementary Grades. Washington, D.C.: American Theatre Association, 1972. Print. 

  • Silverberg, Larry. The Sanford Meisner Approach: An Actor's Workbook. Lyme, NH: Smith and Kraus, 1994. Print. 

  • Spolin, Viola, Carol Sills, and Paul Sills. Improvisation for the Theater: A Handbook of Teaching and Directing Techniques. 3rd ed. Evanston, IL: ​ Northwestern UP, 1999. Print.

  • Spolin, Viola. Theatre Games for Rehearsal: A Director's Handbook. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1985. Print. 

  • Swados, Elizabeth. At Play: Teaching Teenagers Theater. New York: Faber and Faber, 2006. Print.​

  • Taylor, Robert D., Robert D. Strickland, and Lisa Abel. Theatre: Art in Action. Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook, 1999. Print. 

  •  Water, Manon Van De, Mary McAvoy, and Kristin Hunt. Drama and Education: Performance Methodologies for Teaching and Learning. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. Print. 

  • Zimmerman, Suzi. Introduction to Theatre Arts: A 36-week Action Handbook. Colorado Springs, CO: Meriwether Publishing, 2004. Print.

More Books We Love!

This article emphasizes the benefits of involvement in theatre during a student's high school years.  

  • Coon, John. "High School Theatre Prepares Students for Life Ahead." National Federation of State High School Associations. NFSH, 13 Nov. 2014. Web. 19 Oct. 2016.

This site offers a wide variety of articles for both students and teachers in regard to acting, directing, curriculum, technical theatre, and more.

  • "Featured Articles." Educational Theatre Association. Higher Logic, 2015. Web. 19 Oct. 2016.

This article offers great insight into the importance of incorporating theatre into the curriculum of young students. 

  • Gunderson, Lauren. "How Theater for Young People Could Save the World." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 19 Mar. 2012. Web. 19 Oct. 2016. 

A great article for teachers in regard to the benefits of theatre in regard to reading and speech development.  

  • Sun, Ping-Yun. "Using Drama and Theatre To Promote Literacy Development: Some Basic Classroom Applications. ERIC Digest." ERIC Digest. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Oct. 2016. 

An excellent article for teachers justifying the use of children's theatre, featuring many resources in regard to Theatre for Young Audiences

  • Wood, Danielle. "Why Children's Theater Matters." Education.com. Education.com Inc., 2014. Web. 19 Oct. 2016.