FREE RESOURCES: Creative Drama Resources
Available books, websites about drama and children's theatre

Free Drama Lesson Plans for Teachers
Lesson plans available on the Internet

A to Z Teacher Stuff
A to Z Teacher Stuff is a teacher-created site designed to help teachers find online resources more quickly and easily. Find lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, discussion forums for teachers, downloadable teaching materials & eBooks, printable worksheets and blacklines, emergent reader books, themes, and more.

TeachersPayTeachers.com
2 out of 3 teachers in the U.S. turn to TpT. Search from over 3 million free and paid educator-created resources across grades, subjects, and specialities that help deliver engaging, effective instructions to students.

Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
Drama For Those Who Do Not Like Or Understand Drama. This curriculum unit is being designed for a specific group of students. These students have reading levels ranging from the third grade to the twelfth grade. They will be either juniors or seniors, with average or below average skills in English; including reading, writing and speech.

"Act Up!" Elementary Drama Lesson Plans
By Jane Dewey, Danville Schools, Danville, KY
Ms. Dewey has been Director of Arts Education since 2000 and an arts educator for over 20 years, having worked with the Richmond Area Arts Council and the Fayette Co. school district. She is an adjunct instructor at Centre College and the facilitator of the Kentucky Coalition of Arts Educators, and a peer consultant for the Kentucky Peer Advisory Network.

TeAchnology Drama and Theatre Lesson Plans
For over a decade, TeAchnology has been providing free and easy to use resources for teachers dedicated to improving the education of today's generation of students. We feature 46,000+ lesson plans. We are the online teacher resource that is designed to help busy Kindergarten through High School teachers.

ArtsEdge Lessons for Elementary School
The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
We’re focused on ways to support innovative teaching with the arts, and meet changing trends in education and to accommodate the ever-evolving impact of technology in our lives. Our collection of free digital resources has been streamlined for easier browsing and upgraded to leverage best practices in educational media and multimedia-supported instruction.

KET: Welcome to Drama Toolkit
Kentucky Educational Television, Lexington, KY
This Drama Toolkit provides K-12 teachers with high-quality teaching resources that bring the excitement of the theater into the classroom. You’ll find lesson plans, idea cards, glossaries, and many special features. Some of these, such as Kentuckians in Theater, Tour of the Stage, and Will Power, are designed for students as well as teachers.

Study.com: World Literature Drama Lesson Plans
The World Literature: Drama chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about the history and different elements of drama in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

KinderArt: Drama Exercises for Kids
KinderArt makes teaching art easier for teachers, parents and artists with art lesson plans art curriculum and tips for all ages. We began KinderArt.com in 1997 because at the time, we saw a real need for FREE art lesson plans that parents and teachers could try with their students and children. Soon after, YOU began sharing your ideas too. And so it continues today&ldots; 20 years later!

TeachHub: 12 Fascinating Ways to Use Drama in the Curriculum
By: Loriana Romano, Lisa Papa, and Elita Saulle.
Integrating drama helps children in various ways. In this fantastic resource: ‘The Arts as Meaning Makers’, written by Claudia E. Cornett and Katharine L. Smithrim, there are 12 essential points that we strongly agree to be important to consider.


Children's Theatre Organizations
Groups supporting arts and theatre for young audiences

Children’s Theatre Foundation of America (CTFA)
CTFA is committed to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion by supporting theatre artists and organizations that share these values working to address past and current injustices to groups that have been historically disadvantaged and socially, politically, and economically excluded.

American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE)
AATE serves and inspires a growing collective of theatre artists, educators, and scholars committed to transforming young people and communities through the theatre arts.

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
ATHE serves as an intellectual and artistic center for producing new knowledge about theatre and performance-related disciplines, linking with theatres, and promoting access and equity.

International Assoc. of Theatre for Children & Young People
ASSITEJ unites theatres, organisations and individuals throughout the world who make theatre for children and young people.

SmallSize.org (Europe)
European network for the diffusion of performing arts for early childhood, with special focus on the diffusion of performing arts for children between 0 and 6 years old.

Australian Children's Theatre Foundation (ACTF, AU)
ACTF supports delivery of arts-based programs into primary schools across Victoria, plus subsidy opportunities for remote, regional and disadvantaged schools and the commissioning of new works for young people ages 6-11.

Performing Arts and Young People in Aotearoa (PAYPA, NZ)
PAYPA is a network of performing artists and organisations working for children and young people in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Action for Children’s Arts (ACA, UK)
ACA campaigns for children across the UK to have access to the arts.  ACA considers it is essential that the voices of children should not be excluded from the national conversation.

Youth Theatre Journal (YTJ)
The journal focuses on the dissemination of ideas relating to practical and theoretical developments in the field of theatre and performance by, with, and for children and youth and drama/theatre education.

National Youth Theatre (NYT, UK)
NYT gives young people the opportunity to learn as much about themselves and how to relate to others, as they do about acting and technical theatre.

National Youth Theatre Company (NYTC, NZ)
NYTC is New Zealand's premiere all-access musical theatre training organisation - bringing confidence and life skills to young people through ongoing theatrical training and performance opportunities.

ArtsEdge: K-12 Resources (AU)
ArtsEdge facilitates relationships between the arts and Australian education sectors and creates opportunities through partnership to encourage, develop, and celebrate learning environments which spark creativity amongst students and their school communities.

Drama South Australia (DSA, AU)
DSA promotes Drama in education as a valuable and valued part of education, as well as encourages the study and development of Drama in education as a teaching methodology and as a creative and expressive art form.

The Puppetry Home Page
The Puppetry Home Page is a free resource for the puppetry community and is dedicated to helping people connect with the world of puppetry.


Funding Programs for Theatre Artists & Educators

Lin Wright Professional Teaching Grant
Supports the work and professional development of an exemplary secondary school teacher through the introduction of AATE’s national professional network.

The Don and Elizabeth Doyle Fellowship
This award is given to an outstanding graduate-level student of demonstrated artistic ability in the area of Theatre for Youth.

The Winifred Ward Scholarship
The tuition award of $10,000 is given to a graduate student who has demonstrated intellectual and artistic excellence in the area of child drama/theatre.

Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Fellowships
TYA/USA Fellowships are designed to offer dynamic opportunities for growth, discovery and exchange to practitioners in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences.

Children's Theatre Scholarships (NZ)
New Zealand's Court Theatre is offering scholarships for Maori and Pasifka in performance, actng, drama, theatre, creatve writng, improvisaton and story telling. Interested? Get in touch!


AATE College/University/Research Experts List

These AATE members are available for information and advice on their specialties.  Feel free to contact them with your questions. All AATE members are welcome to join this list which is curated by the College/University/Research Network.

Sally Bailey
Professor, Drama Therapy / Theater
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Drama Therapy, Playwriting, Creative Drama, Puppetry
Work website: http://www.k-state.edu
Personal website: http://www.dramatherapycentral.com

Katie Dawson
Ass't Professor, Arts Integration and Teaching Artist Pedagogy and Practice
University of Texas at Austin
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Arts Integration, Drama-Based Pedagogy and Practice, Applied Drama/Theatre, Museum Theatre, Theatre-in-Education, Drama-in-Education, Research Methods, Teaching Artist Pedagogy and Practice, Professional Learning Models
Work website: https://theatredance.utexas.edu/

Emily Freeman
Community Engagement Director
Orlando Repertory Theatre in partnership with University of Central Florida (UCF)
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Community-Based Work, Applied Theatre, and Playmaking
Work website: http://www.orlandorep.com

Jennifer Katona
Director Graduate Program in Educational Theatre
The City College of New York
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Curriculum Development in the Arts, Educational Policy, Directing and Choreography with Youth and Arts Integration
Work website: http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/edtheatre/

Linda Krakaur
Instructor/Project Manager
University of Maryland, College Park
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Drama in education, arts integration, arts and equity, literacy, professional development, school partnerships, international programs
Work website: https://education.umd.edu/

Matt Omasta, Ph.D.
Director of Theatre Education
Utah State University
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Theatre for Young Audiences, K-12 Theatre Education, Drama Across the Curriculum
PROFESSIONAL WEBSITE: http://www.mattomasta.com

Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
Assistant Professor, Theatre Studies / Theatre Education
Univ of Texas, Austin
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Culturally Responsive Theatre Education; Cultural, Racial, Ethnic representation in TYA
Work website: http://www.utexas.edu/finearts/tad/people/schroeder-arce-roxanne
Personal website: http://www.roxannearce.com

Johanna Smith
Professor, Theatre Education
California State University, San Bernardino
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Puppetry, Improvisation, Creative Drama, Service Learning in TYA
Work website: http://theatre.csusb.edu/
Personal website: http://www.professorjohanna.com

Elena Velasco
Graduate Assistant and Instructor, Theater
Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Directing, Choreography, Physical Theater, Musical Theater, Improvisation, Creative Drama, Theater Outreach
Personal website: http://www.elenavelasco.net

Amanda Wager
Assistant Professor, TESOL
Lesley University, Boston, MA
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Drama in Education, Applied Theatre, Popular Theatre, ESL & Bilingual Education
Work website: http://www.lesley.edu/graduate-school-of-education/home/
http://www.lesley.edu/faculty/amanda-wager/
Personal website: http://lesley.academia.edu/AmandaCWager

James Zager
Head of VPA Theatre & Arts Management
Carroll University, Waukesha WI
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Directing, Playwriting, Devising
Work website: http://www.carrollu.edu/programs/theaterarts/
Personal website: http://www.jameszager.com


Books on Creative Drama & Children's Theatre
Easily search for these books on the Internet

Creative Drama for the Classroom Teacher
Ruth Beall Heinig. Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1993.
A college textbook for Creative Drama teachers. Using straightforward language and clear descriptions of actual lessons, this book will get you started really teaching Drama in the classroom. Search for this book...

Creative Drama Resource Book for Grades K-3
Ruth B. Heinig. Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1987.
Real lessons direct from the classroom. The focus here is on practice, not theory. You can immediately TEACH the lessons and activities in this book. Very clear explanations and easy reference. Search for this book...

Creative Drama Resource Book for Grades 4-6
Ruth B. Heinig and Ruth M. Heinig. Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1987.
Real lessons direct from the classroom. The focus here is on practice, not theory. You can immediately TEACH the lessons and activities in this book. Very clear explanations and easy reference. Search for this book...

Drama with Children
Geraldine Brain Siks. Harper and Row, 1983.
Another college textbook for Creative Drama teachers. A little old-fashioned, but very easy to follow, with lots of practical lessons. Search for this book...

Improvisations in Creative Drama
Betty Keller. Meriwether Publishing Ltd., 1987.
A collection of Creative Drama lessons, enough for at least a year's work. The focus is mainly Theatre training and process-oriented work. If you're looking for ready-made lessons that WORK, this book has them. Search for this book...

Drama Themes: A Practical Guide for Teaching Drama
Larry Swartz. Heinemann Educational Books, Inc., 1988.
An excellent text to help you construct Drama lessons to support a wide variety of themes and curricular areas. Includes actual, useable lessons. Its strength is how Swartz makes Drama out of subject matter. Search for this book...

Theatre Games for Young Performers
Maria C. Novelly. Meriwether Publishing Ltd., 1985.
A collection of classic theatre games for teens. All the activities are intended to train young actors in performance technique. Lots of fun. Search for this book...

Structuring Drama Work: Available Forms in Theatre and Drama
Jonothan Neelands. Cambridge University Press, 1992.
An absolutely information-packed book discussing and contrasting conventions and approaches to the teaching of drama. Contains lots of useful activities-mostly appropriate for older kids. Search for this book...

Children's Theater: A Paradigm, Primer and Resource
Kelly Eggers and Walter Eggers. Scarecrow Press, 2010.
This work is valuable for those wishing to know more about the importance and use of theater for children, both educationally and socially. Search for this book...

Acting and Theatre (An Usborne Introduction)
Cheryl Evans, Lucy Smith. Usborne Publishing, 1992.
Providing an introduction to theater, this work covers all aspects of the theatrical world, both creative and technical, including acting, set design, costumes, and more. Search for this book...

Forum Theatre for Children: Enhancing Social, Emotional and Creative Development
Nick Hammond. Stylus Publishing, 2015.
This innovative book illustrates the vital role of drama for young schoolchildren. A dynamic fusion of theatre and psychology, it describes each step of the process of Forum Theatre. Search for this book..

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