Level 1: Beginner

Level 1 opens the world of theatre to youth. These materials offer extended activities in communication, improvisation, pantomime, script writing, cultural and historical influences, stage design, and costume design. Life skills and workforce development concepts are woven throughout the curriculum as youth master more sophisticated theatre techniques and ideas.

Activity 1: Pantomime with a Purpose!

What is a pantomime, anyway?

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Activity 2: Communicating in Gibberish!

Improv Encyclopedia

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Singapore Drama Educators Association

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Level 2: Intermediate

This intermediate level curriculum opens the world of theatre to youth in grades 5-8 (can be adapted for younger and older youth). Revised and new, these materials offer extended activities in communication, improvisation, pantomime, script writing, cultural and historical influences, stage design, and costume design. Life skills and workforce development concepts are woven throughout the curriculum, as youth master more sophisticated theatre techniques and ideas.

Activity 1: Pantomime - Stories with a Beginning, Middle and End

The Latin word “pantomimus”

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News and Careers

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Activity 2: Communicating Emotions - It’s All In the Tone

Creative tone of voice activities

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Drama Book Shop

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Activity 3: Role Reversal – Listening With New Ears

Learning Empathy Building Skills for Caring

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Drama therapy

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News and Careers

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Activity 4: Contrasting Points of View - Inner Voices

My Teacher Pages

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Conflict

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Dramatic Conflict

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Internal Conflict

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News and Careers

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Story Craft

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Activity 5: Using Body Movements - Walk Your Character

Movement in Acting

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Drama Games

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Activity 6: Playwriting – Preserving the Scene in Writing

Playwriting

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How to Become a Playwright

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The Art Career Project

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Activity 7: Developing Scenes in Different Genres

Improv Games & Exercises

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Basic Improv Rules

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Activity 9: Actors’ Stage Positions – Your Stance on Stage

Stages of Rehearsal

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Arts Education and The Business Community

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Activity 11: Theater Arts: Puppetry - Bringing Your Puppet to Life

PBS Kids - Stone Soup Puppet Show

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Puppetry Museum

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Puppet.org

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Center for Puppetry Arts

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Legend of the Shadow Puppets

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Training Resources

Imagination in Action Workshop Lesson Plan

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Workshop Short

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Theatre Arts Level 2 Handouts

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Level 3: Advanced

This advanced level curriculum opens the world of theatre to youth in grades 5-8 (can be adapted for younger and older youth). Revised and new, these materials offer extended activities in communication, improvisation, pantomime, script writing, cultural and historical influences, stage design, and costume design. Life skills and workforce development concepts are woven throughout the curriculum, as youth master more sophisticated theatre techniques and ideas.

Activity 1: Narrative Pantomime –Telling the Story through Pantomime

Sample Narrative Pantomime Activities

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Narrative Pantomime & Plot/Story Based Pantomime

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Society of Children’s Book Writers

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Activity 2: Dialogue – Resolving Conflict

Kids Health

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Careers in Conflict Resolution

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Mediation Jobs

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Restorative Justice Job Openings

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Activity 3: Dramatizing a Memory - Listening for Flashback Cues

Screenplay Formatting

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The Use of Flashbacks

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Terms Used by Narratology and Film Theory

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Activity 4: Character Enactment – From History or Literature

Write Fun Monologues

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Shakespeare Video

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More About Soliloquy

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The Art of Writing

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Activity 5: Using Body Movement and Dialogue - Bring a Tableaux to Life

Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

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Choreographers and their role in the theatre Dance USA

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National Dance Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation and Dance

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Activity 7: Directing Scenes in Different Genres

No Small Parts

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Phantom Tollbooth

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Artopia

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Activity 9: My Name is on the Director’s Chair- Directing Actors in the Scene

Theatre Resources

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Activity 10: Masks - Become a Global Citizen!

Masks

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International Mask Festival

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Mask Making

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Marinduque Festivals

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Carnival of Venice

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Activity 11: Puppetry - Writing, Planning and Presenting a Puppet Show

The Art of Puppetry

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Puppet Buzz

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Training Materials

Imagination in Action Workshop Lesson Plan

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Workshop Short

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Theatre Arts Level 3 Handouts

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