Drama 526:

Teaching Theatre


Museum Theatre is a growing field in the museum world, and Educators are increasingly using theatre to teach visitors about a given topic. It is a fun and entertaining way to learn, and many people tend to retain information better that is presented in a creative way as opposed to traditional lecture. Theatre activities can also be adapted for all ages, which makes this a useful tool to use across generations.

In the fall of 2007 I had the opportunity to take a graduate course entitled “Teaching Theatre.” I found it to be a great complement to both my undergraduate degree in music and theatre, as well as my current work in Museum Education.

Theme Theatre

Theme theatre is a great tool when working with a large group on a singular or repeat basis. It is a way to get a number of students involved in a production without the audition process. It requires a theme that can be based on any topic, so it is a good teaching tool as well. To support the theme, the Educator compiles a number of sources based on the chosen theme. These can be excerpts from literatures, poems, song lyrics etc. Students can even write their own pieces. For my class project the theme was “Growing Up and Growing Older” and it took the students through the stages of life in a fun, entertaining, and heartfelt way.

Read "Growing Up and Growing Older" Script-PDF



Reader's Theatre

Reader’s Theatre is a great way to teach a topic in a fun and entertaining way. It allows the students to hold a script in their hand; thus taking away the effort of memorization, while adding motion and sound effects with the words. By incorporating movement and sound, students will be more likely to remember specific details and facts about a topic. It also promotes collaboration and team building. Not only can students perform already written scripts, but they can write their own to explore a given topic further. This can be used as a single activity or can be drawn out and expanded upon over several visits.

Read "How Absurd" Script-PDF


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