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The Drama Teacher's Survival Guide #2: Activities, Exercises, and Techniques for the Theatre Classroom

The Drama Teacher's Survival Guide #2: Activities, Exercises, and Techniques for the Theatre Classroom
Your Price: $24.95 CDN
Author: Margaret F. Johnson
Publisher: Meriwether Publishing
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 180
Pub. Date: 2011
ISBN-10: 1566081823
ISBN-13: 9781566081825

About the Book:

Drama teachers everywhere enjoyed the author's first "survival guide" so much that she wrote another one! While the first book focuses on everything about a complete stage production, The Drama Teacher's Survival Guide # 2 covers every aspect of classroom theatre arts. Students will learn group activities, improvisation, technical theatre, choral reading, mime, stage fighting and more.

Written from 37 years of drama teaching experience, Margaret F. Johnson breaks the book down into units that can either stand alone or be used together. These highly informative units include: The First Week, Technical Theatre, Choral Reading, Mime, Stage Fighting, Solo and Duo Acting Activities, and more. The book includes a step-by-step 10-day assignment using monologues for character development and a unit that teaches students how to write their own show. Each chapter contains in-depth descriptions of activities to further the students' understanding of the subjects, illustrated examples of scenes and products created by real students, detailed explanations of theatre techniques, and timelines for how long the unit should take. Reproducible forms, tests, handouts and a list of additional resources also add value to this survival kit.

Whether you are a new drama teacher searching for inspiration seasoned drama director or an experienced drama teacher looking to spice up your lesson plans; you will find The Drama Teacher's Survival Guide #2 to be an invaluable aid. As with the original book, it will banish your stress and guarantee your success!

What people say:

"Both experienced and beginning drama directors have easy, experience-backed tips on directing from The Drama Teacher's Survival Guide. When this book says 'complete' it means it: collections strong in drama will appreciate the range of tips from instructions on organizing tryouts – complete with tryout sheets – to blocking out rehearsals, technical aspects of scene set-up, tips on locating costumes, and more. It's a 'must' for any library which caters to actors or drama teachers." — Midwest Book Review

"Author Margaret F. Johnson provides detailed, step-by-step information, examples and suggestions about how to direct a school drama program with a minimum of mistakes, trouble and delay. Most important for the beginning director, Johnson provides examples, illustrations, photos and reproducible handouts and forms, plus an annotated list of additional resources." — Stage Directions Magazine

"For anyone directing or working with student drama productions The Drama Teacher's Survival Guide will prove an invaluable resource. The nearly four decades that author Margaret Johnson spent as a drama teacher and director inform this well-rounded book of tips, as she discusses both the artistic and logistical aspects of theatrical production. The presentation and style of the writing allow easy access to the suggestions, anecdotes, and troubleshooting guides Johnson has compiled." — State Of The Arts

About the Author:

Margaret F. Johnson taught drama at Sentinel High School in Missoula, Montana for 37 years, directing over 190 productions from children’s theatre to full-blown musicals like Fiddler On the Roof, Godspell, and Sound Of Music. But she produced much more than great shows – she inspired many of her students to become theatre professionals. A few of her "kids" are now nationally-known Broadway actors, film stars, and backstage technicians. She continues to teach acting at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute at the University of Montana, and when her time permits, she accepts acting roles at the Missoula Community Theatre where she works with former students.

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