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  1. Playing On Air: A Free Resource for the Theatre Classroom

    Meet Shelly Horwitz, the Marketing and Education Director at Playing on Air and mastermind behind Playing on Air’s education initiative. Get to know this amazing programming as you plan your curriculum for the next school year.

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  2. Digital Teaching Tools: A Wind in the Door

    With this new adaptation comes new lesson plans! Peter Royston’s 3 Lesson Plans were created specifically for his adaptation of A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle. These lessons will round out an ensemble’s experience rehearsing this play or help students get solid grasp of the script when analyzing in class. And best of all, they’re absolutely free to download and use.

    I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Peter Royston not only as an actor for his virtual reading of

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  3. Digital Teaching Tools: I Hate Valentines Day

    At the end of her script, I HATE VALENTINE’S DAY, playwright Sonya Sobieski, offers some thoughtful questions for drama teachers to pose to their student cast. We thought it would be helpful to bring these questions to the front, so theatre directors and teachers could bring them to drama class. 

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  4. Digital Teaching Tools: Tuck Everlasting

    Tuck Everlasting:
    A Teaching Tool for Discovering Self-Awareness through Social Emotional Learning

    Whether it’s middle school theater class or the high school play, practicing theater in school helps guide us through all of the ups and downs that life brings us. The year 2020 has forced so many of our young people to grow-up quickly. Our relationship with time has certainly been altered. Since March 2020, there were points the months seemed like years, or was that just me? The major events the world has experienced has had many focus in on what is important; family, love, and what we do with our time. So many of us had to experience the loss of those we hold dear in a way that is not easily explained.

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  5. Distance Learning: Using Plays In the Virtual Classroom

    Meet Rene BeVier Dill. She is a mom of three and a middle school theater teacher in Colorado who is making the most of teaching theater online. Before teaching middle school, Rene was a Teaching Artist in NYC and a high school theater teacher in Colorado with over 17 years of experience. When our nation’s teachers had to turn on a dime and start teaching virtually, Rene wrote her whole spring e-learning curriculum around the Stage Partners play THE DAY THE INTERNET DIED using our PDF Script Pack. Not only were we flattered, we wanted to know how she did it!

    Here, Rene shares some of her Distance Learning tricks and a couple of her wonderful lessons with Education Director, Maria

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  6. Distance Learning: Creating a Scene From Literature

    We’re going back to school… or maybe we’re not going back in-person, it’s all online… or maybe we’re in school but we are social distancing…

    This is not an easy time to plan if you are a theater teacher. As you begin to develop your plans for in-school, home-school and everything in between, Stage Partners wants to be a resource to you. Using a play from our catalogue as a starting point and developing lessons around it can help keep the love of theater alive until we can all congregate for a live performance once again.

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  7. A Brand New Art Form: I Miss Theater, But...

    As we all know since March of 2020, life changes on a dime. No matter the moment, in peacetime or in paradigm shifts, it is teachers that are helping students navigate the ups and downs, the how and the why. Throughout the school shut down, we have worked closely with theater teacher Emily Hageman, discussing best practices and how to deal with the constraints of teaching theater remotely.

    Here, Emily shares her mindset through these past months and offers a glimmer of hope for where this experience will take us.

    A few months ago, the world was upended. I remember the day after

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  8. Distance Learning: Tips for Directing a Virtual Play

    Even though we’re cooped up inside our homes and away from our collaborators, the desire to create theater hasn’t evaporated. People still need connection and stories still need to be told. The question is: How?

    Stage Partners invited veteran director David Ruttura to share his advice on directing your own remote production.

    If you had asked me 2 months ago if I thought directing a live play on video conferencing platforms Zoom was a good idea, I would have laughed and run the other way. But after some practice, you can actually mimic the rehearsal process, “live edit” your cast into orderly scenes, and ultimately present a clear and compelling story to your audience.

    It’s also pretty easy and fun.

    I highly doubt the computer programmers were thinking about how theater people might use apps like Zoom or FaceTime

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  9. Distance Learning: Fighting For Attention

    News of canceled productions and uprooted programs is heartbreaking for all of us. We've been challenged to change the way we live and create, and with little notice.

    Playwright and theater educator Peter Royston has been teaching remotely for the past year and has mastered the art of Distance Learning. Spoiler Alert: It's not easy!

    How can theater educators thrive in the new digital classroom we all— teachers, kids, parents, the world— suddenly find ourselves in?

    Because no matter how long Skype, Zoom, Newrow, LearnCube, or any of the other platforms have been active, the transition to online learning has been very sudden, precipitated by the COVID-19 crisis. Whatever your age— whether you’re a kid or adult, single citizen or worried parent— you can’t escape the idea whose time has

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  10. Distance Learning: The Student Written Play and How to Get Started

    Seems like a lot of us will be sheltering-in-place for a while longer. While distance learning isn't ideal, potentially our students (and us) have some found extra time now that we're all at home.

    Seriously: Remember when we were out and about with each other and we all said, “I just wish I had more time!”?

    It’s here. COVID-19 has, in some cases, gifted us with time. It’s time to write that play! No excuses.

    Why Write a Play? Why NOW?

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