Resources for Drama Teachers – Our Top Picks

Looking for some inspiration for your drama or musical theater classes? We have some ideas! Just read through this list of our absolute favorite resources for drama teachers. And of course, make sure to have fun with your planning!

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1. Drama Menu at a Distance

I love This book idea for any drama teachers who may be teaching remotely at the moment. It’s filled with “appetizers” “starters” “main courses” and “desserts” (80 games and exercises) to add some flavor to your online lessons. And if you’re back in the classroom, there’s a Drama Menu book for that too!

2. National Theater Teaching Resources

National Theater is so amazing for sharing all of their resource packs from previous productions. There are lessons, activities, and deep thinking questions for both plays and musicals all available for free on their website!

3. Drama Teacher’s Survival Guide #2

This is a really great handbook to keep on hand for go-to activities, exercises, and techniques for the drama classroom. The original Drama Teacher’s Survival Guide is a good choice too if you’re planning on putting on plays with your classes!

Drama Teacher's Survival Guide #2.

4. Facebook Groups

There are tons of helpful Facebook groups for musical theater and drama teachers. A few that come to mind are Drama Teachers Resource Group, Drama Teacher Hub, and Drama Teachers Sharing Group. But you can also just search Facebook for “Drama Teachers” for a full list.

5. Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE, and Other Special Areas

If you are a drama teacher for a large or younger group, this book will help you get your class under control. It’s also so helpful that the book is intended for use with specialty areas like art, which should be perfect for the large and unruly classroom drama!

Responsive Classroom.

6. Theaterrefolk

For a super in depth resource for drama teachers, I would suggest checking out Theaterrefolk. There you can find lesson plans, distance learning ideas, plays for high school/middle school classrom study, and even a full drama teaching academy. If you want to dig deep into lesson planning, this is a great place to start!

7. Theater Games for the Classroom

This is a solid book if you’re just in need of some go-to theater games for your classroom. Inside are 130 amazing theater games, along with exercises and instructional strategies.

Theater Games for the Classroom.

8. Official West End Education Packs

If you’re specializing in musical theater, these official West End packs can be a HUGE help for your lesson plans. In each one, you’ll find classroom activities, lessons, and writing prompts relevant to each musical production.

9. Teaching Social Skills Through Sketch Comedy and Improv Games

Let’s be honest, everyone should have to take a theater course at some point in their life. Drama provides people with unbelievably valuable skills, and these skills are equally helpful for those with anxiety, ADHD, and ASD. This book covers lots of great exercises for the further development of social skills in children and teens.

Teaching Social Skills Through Improv.

10. Theater Trip Members!

This suggestion is specifically for teachers who specialize in musical theater and voice. In the Theater Trip member area, you will be able to find songs for every vocal type and in tons of different styles and themes. This is like having an extensive musical theater brain at your disposal. There are monthly challenges and themed activities to help you out with creative ideas for lessons as well!

Member Welcome Screen.

Which of these resources for drama teachers is your favorite?

Or do you know of any other theater education resources that have personally helped you out? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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Stacy Karyn, author of Gifts for Actors.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theater Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theater, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.

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