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Real World Theatre Education
a Teacher's Guide to Growing a Theatre Education Program 
by Chip Rome and Zoë Dillard

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"This is a nuts and bolts handbook that will walk an educator through the academic year, preparing them for both curricular and extra-curruicular demands.  It's more than just a checklist. It is a reality check in the best possible way: an honest, thorough guide to growing a successful theatre education program."
 - Mary Lechter, Head of Theatre Education, George Mason University

“The responsibilities of a first-year theatre teacher are vast and varied, and having the irreplaceable guidebook Real-World Theatre Education on hand is not just a way to preserve your sanity, it’s a strategic career move.”
- Rebecca Phillips, Education Division, John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.


“Invaluable! Every theatre teacher, whether new or seasoned, should be furnished with this jam-packed compendium of the very best suggestions, solutions, and warnings for navigating life in the theatre classroom! Personally, I would have “Velcro-ed” this book to my body had Velcro been available when I began teaching theatre in 1964!”
- Judy Bowns, Theatre Arts and Dance Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools


Chip Rome and Zoe Dillard share their passion for theatre in this text that is packed with practical, relevant, and comprehensive advice for the next generation of theatre educators. Virtually every character, conflict, and cause for applause in the career of a theatre educator appears within the pages of this book. The field of theatre education owes these two seasoned teachers much appreciation for the time they took outside of rehearsals, performances, classes, and field trips to share the wisdom of their combined years of successful teaching and directing. Standing ovation for Real-World Theatre Education.
- Dr. Rosalind M. Flynn, Head of the M.A. in Theatre Education, The Catholic University of America


“Real world indeed. Finally, a text that helps new and veteran theatre teachers roll up their sleeves and create an educational experience that always puts student learning first.”  “Rome and Dillard have done something special here. Real-World details the broad and specific aspects of theatre education in equal measure, always with an eye to how both art and learning can happen while keeping the needs of students first.”
- James Palmarini, Director of Educational Policy, Executive Editor, Teaching Theatre journal, Educational Theatre Association


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Contents

Preface
Achieving Balance
Chip Rome
The Role of the Educator Zoe ̈ Dillard
Acknowledgements

Part I : Autumn                                                                                       1

.    1  Preparing for Employment
So Many Choices..................................................................... 3
Elementary, MyDearDirector
..................................................... 6
Monkey In the Middle
............................................................. 10
Handling High School
..............................................................13
The Theatre Educator’s Job Description
........................................ 16
Changes from Student Teacher to Teacher/Director
...........................19
PayYourselfFirst
.................................................................... 21 


.    2  Preparing for the First Day of School  
Driving into Your First Year
....................................................... 28
The Culture of Your Learning Community
..................................... 30
Getting To Know You...
........................................................... 31
Finding Your Personal Theatre Philosophy
.................................... 34
That Other Teaching You Do
..................................................... 37
Diversity in the Classroom and on Stage
....................................... 39
Building Use and You
.............................................................. 42
Equipment
........................................................................... 47 


   3 Preparing for the Classroom 
Your Class Schedule ................................................................ 55
Mixing Theatre Classes
............................................................. 57
Acting Mixed with Technical Theatre
............................................ 59
Teaching at Multiple Locations
.................................................... 60
Technical Theatre
.................................................................... 63 
Lesson Plans ......................................................................... 65
Methods of Teaching Theatre
...................................................... 66
Exceptional Students in the Theatre Classroom
.................................72
ESOL: A Distinct Opportunity
.................................................... 75
Doing Your Best: An ESOL Educational Journey
..............................77
Classroom Management
............................................................ 81 
Respect................................................................................. 84 
Disruptive Students.................................................................. 87 
Drawing the Line on Touching .................................................... 91
Communicating with Parents and Kids
........................................... 94
Communicating with Colleagues
.................................................. 98
Communicating with the Community
.......................................... 100

.    4  Preparing for Production
Theatre Booster Support: the Good, the Great and the Ugly......................106
Annual Booster Warning
......................................................... 109
Your Department ProductionSchedule
...........................................110
Selecting a Show
....................................................................114
Acquiring a Show
....................................................................117
Pre-Audition Workshop: Communicate the Process...................................
119
Developing Leadership
..............................................................123
Cleanup of Support Space
..........................................................127
Establishing a Production Team/CrewChiefs ...................................
128
Auditions
.............................................................................. 134
Casting
..................................................................................138
Tips on Directing
......................................................................144
The Hygiene Talk
.....................................................................147
Teaching Kissing
.....................................................................148
Injuries and Illness
...................................................................150
Judging a Play’s Success
.............................................................151 


.    5  Enrichment Activities
School Events......................................................................... 157
Field trips
.............................................................................. 158 

CAPPIES
...............................................................................160
Travel
....................................................................................161
Field Trip Travel Tips
.................................................................162

Part II : Winter

.    6  Paying Attention to Professionalism
College Recommendations
...........................................................169
College Advice to Parents - a short play
............................................172
Choices for College Theatre Education
............................................174
Politics and You
.........................................................................178
Recertification Check
...................................................................181
Evaluation
................................................................................182
Staff Development
......................................................................184
Substitute Teachers
......................................................................185
Fixing Mistakes
..........................................................................186 


.    7  Selling the Program, Smaller Productions
Enrollment...It’s Your Job! ............................................................195
Maintaining Momentum
...............................................................198
Children’s Theatre
......................................................................200
An Evening of One-Act Plays and Scenes
...........................................203
Fund Raising
.............................................................................203 


Part III : Spring

.    8  The Show Must Go On

Surviving Entitlement ..................................................................211
Preparing for Next Year
............................................................... 212
Awards & Recognition
.................................................................216 


.    9  When the World is Bigger Than Theatre

National crisis ........................................................................... 222
Lock-down
................................................................................222
Suicide watch
............................................................................. 223
Westfield Wounded
...................................................................... 225
Conclusion
................................................................................ 228

Part IV : Summer

.    10  Summer Stuff to Do

Summer Drama Camps for Fun and Profit .......................................... 231
Summer Enrichment Programs for Your Students ..................................
238
Travel With Students
.................................................................... 239 


.    11  Older and Wiser

Recharging Your Batteries ..............................................................243
The Voice of Experience
.................................................................245
Final Thoughts
........................................................................... 248
Kudos from a Student
.................................................................... 251 


Appendices

Ideal Job Worksheet 256
Checklist for Newbies 260
Tech Help Request Form 272
Tech Booth Rules 274
Cultural Catch-Phrases 276
Theatre I Identity Assignment: Who Am I? 278
Organizing Labels for Mailboxes 281
Sample Syllabus 283

Sample Syllabus 2 289
Suggested Materials 298
Publishers of Musicals & Plays 301
Auditioning Using the ADDIE System 304
Audition Card 308
Production Contract 310
Production Packet 314
Crew Chief Explanations and Expectations 322
Exercise in Leadership 326
Crew Chief Sign-Up Instructions and List 328
Crew Chief Task Calendar 330

Online Resources 340
Field Trip Prep Checklist 343
Field Trip Letter to Parents 345
Response to Patron Complaint About Show Content 347
Program Insert re: Use of Weapons On Stage 349
Recommendation Request Form 351
Playwriting Lesson Plan Templates 353

Index


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