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Drama

drama [n.]

1. a play. 2. plays as a genre. 3. an exciting series of events.
- ORIGIN Greek drama, from dran ‘do, act’
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Oxford Dictionaries

Drama is a craft that allows people to present the written word in auditory and visual forms. The material can be new or from earlier times such as Shakespearian plays, dramatic or humorous, contain a message [morality plays] or just for entertainment, from one of many genres, English or from another culture, an individual or group presentation, range from a reading to full performance with costume and props, a live presentation or using one of many media formats. The options are almost endless.

This page covers drama as used in education settings. Australian sites are provided, as is information on drama lessons, tutorials, frameworks and more. Find links to scripts, skits, plans, improvisations and other drama resources, the majority free. There is information about other roles associated with drama and also community drama sources.

Drama

Australian Sites

Associations

  • Drama Australia
    ‘The peak national body that represents and advocates on behalf of all state and territory drama education associations in Australia’.
  • Drama NSW
    News, What’s On, Resources [some require membership], Links, more.
  • Drama Queensland
    Professional development, publications, Resources, shop, more. Membership needed to access the extensive resources.
  • Drama South Australia
    ‘Provides opportunities for Drama teachers to create connections with each other, to share resources and knowledge and access high quality professional development’.
  • Drama Victoria
    Australian site of quality resources. News, events, professional development.
  • DramaWest
    The Association of Drama Educators WA Inc.. News, publications, professional development, more.
  • AussieTheatre
    ‘an interactive theatre and arts website servicing the Australian performing arts community and theatre going public’
  • Drama - Scootle
    280+ classroom resources plus 50+ teacher resources. Multiple filters available to narrow these to specific types and topics.
  • Drama Australia
    The National Association for Drama in Education. Publications, newsletter, projects, research, links [including to IDEA], Resources, more.
  • Drama Resources
    NSW Department of Education. Provides 5 annotated links to appropriate resources plus a sample assessment task [senior level].
  • Dramatech Space
    A blog by Kim Flintoff.
  • Helen O’Grady Drama Academy
    ‘Core programmes designed for Students from 5 to 17+. They encompass a huge body of developmental drama’. Operate during school terms. Fee-based and operate in most states.
  • The Drama Teacher
    ‘A blog created and maintained by Justin Cash and packed with resources for drama and theatre teachers at all levels of education’.
  • Start Acting
    ‘Professional resources for actors & teachers’. Monologues and plays for multiple levels. Fee-based.
  • The Elements of Drama/The Bones of Drama>
    ‘In drama, we are the creators. The elements are the bones which make up the entire body of dramatic action. The story, the situations, the people and the tension which drives it, breathes life and spirit into our creation’. A Drama Lesson Plan for Years 3/4, is found here

General Sites

  • Arts Education K-9
    British Columbia Ministry of Education. ‘The revised Arts Education curriculum reimagines the creative process away from a single, sequential process and toward the notion of multiple processes composed of phases of learning and development that generate quality thought and creative thinkers in any learning domain’. This has now been implemented and includes includes Drama. A new draft curriculum for Drama : Grades 10, 11 and 12 covers multiple Drama areas set out for each grade level. Canada.
  • Digital Theatre Plus
    ‘Making theatre, Study Guides, Teaching Support, Collections’. Age level groupings, news, videos, more. UK.
  • Drama Education Network
    ‘Standards-based products, online resources in arts education and literacy’. USA.
  • Drama Lesson Plans
    ‘Imaginative and original resources for Drama Teachers of students aged 11-14 yrs. Lesson plans include music, video, scripts and masks’. Note full packs are fee-based but reasonable. Get a free lesson plan by signing up for their free newsletter. UK.
  • Drama PropBox
    ‘The complete toolkit for students and teachers of drama’. App available in both Apple and Android formats. Fee-based.

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Link Sites

Scripts

Many are free to use.

  • Art & Drama Scripts
    ‘We offer original play scripts for primary and elementary schools & high school drama scripts. All suitable for acting by kids’. Fee-based. UK.
  • Australian Script Centre
    This site directs you to AustralianPlays.org. Fee-based.
  • Drama [Scripts]
    [A to Z Home’s Cool Home Education]
    Annotated links to skits and plays including some of the classics [Who’s on First ?, Rinse the Blood off My Toga, etc.], connections to sites for staging. USA.
  • Dramatic Publishing
    ‘Your source for plays and musicals since 1885’. Fee-based. USA.
  • Drew’s Script-o-Rama
  • Fox Plays
    Books, Musicals, Plays, Christmas Music, School Music, Preview Scripts, contact details. Fee-based but free to read scripts on site. Prices in Australian dollars.
  • Free One Act Plays
    ‘Attention drama teachers, directors and theatre students ! Looking for royalty-free One Act plays, scenes, comedies, and dramas ? This annotated list will steer you towards that perfect play for your cast and/or classroom’. USA.
  • Free Plays at Free Drama !
    ‘Scripts for school and community theatre groups’.
  • Peter Wilson’s Free Script Collection
  • Playscripts, Inc.
    ‘Playscripts brings new plays and musicals to professional, school, community, and college theatres to perform, read and enjoy’. Fee-based. USA.

Reader’s Theatre

  • Scripts for Schools
    ‘Readers Theatre Scripts, Choral Reading Scripts, Puppet Plays’. Fee-based. Canada.
  • Ten Minute Plays and Scenes
    ‘Offers royalty free plays and scenes, ten minutes plays, scenes, plays for children, plays for small theatre groups’, more. USA.
  • The EServer Drama Collection
    ‘Original plays, screenplays, criticism, links to other sites concerned with theatre. It publishes both classic and contemporary works’. Grouped in historical periods from Greek to Contemporary. Links to journals, further links, criticism.

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Other Information

  • Arts On The Move
    ‘Drama Resources, Plays, more for Children, Schools and Youth Theatres’. UK.
  • Drama
    History of Western Drama, other Asian cultural forms, forms of drama, legal status, notes, references, links. Wikipedia.
  • Drama Notebook
    ‘Drama Activities for Kids and Teens’. Fee-based but cheap. USA.
  • Drama Warm Ups and Circle Games
    A collection of these with full instructions for their use.
  • Free Monologues for Acting Auditions
    An overview of how they are best used plus links to a variety of monologues : dramatic, comedic, for males, females and teens, Shakespearean, movie and even one minute examples.
  • Free Monologues for Kids and Teenagers
    ‘Drama Notebook is holding an ongoing Monologue Contest for students ages 6-18. We are building a collection of fantastic original monologues for kids and teens entirely written by students. Teach a class on monologues and enter your student’s work’. Part of a larger Drama Notebook site which has both free and fee-based material.

History of Theatre

  • Improv Encyclopaedia
    ‘The largest collection or resources for improvisation theatre on the web ’. Free. Also available to download as a PDF document. USA.
  • Medieval Drama Links
    Performance, costumes, set design, music, dance, other links, more.
  • So You Want To Be An Actor
    A short but very accurate statement from the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance in Australia. A related information source is at Breaking Into Acting For Dummies Cheat Sheet.
  • Teach Kids Drama Stuff
    ‘Whether you are a new teacher needing help with drama lessons; an experienced teacher searching for practical drama activities and ideas to add to your acting toolbox; you run kids acting classes; or you’re a parent with a child who likes drama, this site is for you’. Fee-based. Australian.

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