drama [n.]

1. a work to be performed by actors on stage, radio, or television; play. 2. the genre of literature represented by works intended for the stage. 3. the art of the writing and production of plays. 4. a situation or sequence of events that is highly emotional, tragic, or turbulent. [Additional information as well.]
- ORIGIN from Late Latin : a play, from Greek : something performed, from drān ‘to do’
Collins English Dictionary

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 Shakespearean 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, ranging 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, plays, improvisations and other drama resources, the majority free. There is information about other roles associated with drama and also community drama sources.


Australian Sites

  • CSPT Inc.
    ‘Formerly known as the Speech and Drama Teachers’ Association of Queensland Inc.; SDTAQ Inc.. We offer support to teachers and students through events, publications, teaching and learning materials and services’.
  • Drama Australia
    ‘The peak national body that represents and advocates on behalf of all state and territory drama education associations in Australia. All members of state and territory Drama associations are automatically members of Drama Australia’.
  • ACT Drama Association
    The homepage has previously been on Facebook. Once this situation has been finalised, we will replace with the new site or notify re what is happening.
  • Drama NSW
    ‘Drama NSW is the official, professional body which represents the teachers of Drama in NSW. It is run by, and for, early-childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary teachers, drama practitioners and theorists’. Resources, events, Professional Learning, Journal, Members material.
  • Drama Queensland
    Professional development, publications, Resources, shop, more. Membership needed to access the extensive resources.
  • Drama Territory
    ‘Drama Territory offer PD opportunities both in location and via live streaming. These opportunities will cater for all levels of Primary and Secondary Education’. This is a Facebook Group page, which still appears to be operating. It will be monitored and any changes notified.
  • Drama South Australia
    ‘Provid[ing] opportunities for Drama teachers to create connections with each other, to share resources and knowledge and access high quality professional development’.
  • Drama Tasmania
    ‘At Drama Tasmania we support the teaching and learning of drama and theatre in education. To encourage the use of drama across all levels of learning we promote its value in education and emphasise professionalism in all aspects of teaching’.
  • Drama Victoria
    ‘Established in 1968, Drama Victoria is one of the oldest teacher associations in Australia. We are a not-for-profit organisation run by educators, for educators’. News, Events, Professional Development, Resources, more.
  • DramaWest
    The Association of Drama Educators WA Inc.. News and Updates, What’s On, Professional Development, Recommended Links, more.
  • SDTAV – The Speech & Drama Teachers’ Association of Victoria
    ‘A not-for-profit organisation that represents qualified teachers across Victoria in the disciplines of voice and communication, drama and public speaking skills’.

International Sites

    ‘Welcome to the ABCDE website, where you will find information about our Provincial Specialists Association, and support and resources for Drama teachers in BC’. Canada.
  • CODE
    ‘CODE creates and distributes educational resources supporting the Ontario Dance & Drama Curriculum and promotes dance & drama education in schools and communities throughout Ontario’. Canada.
  • Drama New Zealand
    ‘Drama New Zealand is the national body that represents and advocates on behalf of drama teachers, academics, applied theatre workers and theatre in education practitioners’.
  • IDEA
    ‘IDEA is open to regional and international associations and to other institutes, bodies, networks, organisations, schools, universities and individuals working in drama/theatre and education’.
  • ND - National Drama
    ‘National Drama is the UK’s leading subject association for Drama teachers and theatre educators’.

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Australian Sites

  • 600 Top Drama Teaching Resources
    Most appear more suited to younger students. Covers games, lessons, activities, worksheets, script, play script mime, drama ideas, more.
  • A Play for Every Stage
    Recommended for schools. ‘This list encompasses plays for a diverse range of school ages. Many of the play pages will provide further indication of the intended cast age. You can also get these recommendations delivered via email by signing up here’.
  • Arts POP [Arts Packages of Practice]
    ‘Annotated selection of resources for teachers and learning designers’. Not all resources are Australian, but it does include links to companies who offer student programs, development workshops and more.
  • AussieTheatre
    ‘An interactive theatre and arts website servicing the Australian performing arts community and theatre going public’
  • Australian Theatre for Young People
    ‘ATYP Education provides both Live and Digital drama experiences for school students of all stages’. Fee-based but appears reasonable. Their On Demand Plus program also has a fee, but based on the description it is quite reasonable.
  • Drama Australia - Curriculum
    Links to curriculum bodies for every state and territory.
  • Dramanite
    A blog by Kim Flintoff [previously titled Dramatech Space]. It still covers some drama but also covers a number of other areas as well
  • Drama Lesson Plan : Elements of Drama, Character Building and Freeze Frames– Years 3/4
    ‘In this lesson plan students will learn about some of the elements of drama (role, character and relationships; voice and movement; space and time; and language, ideas, dramatic meaning, mood and atmosphere, and symbol) through drama games, character building and freeze frames’.
  • Drama - Scootle
    220+ classroom resources including video, interactive, online, images, text and audio. Multiple filters available to narrow these to specific types and topics.
  • Drama Teaching Resources
    ‘An extensive collection of teaching resources to use when learning about drama in your primary classroom. Posters that highlight the elements of drama, drama activity cards, vocabulary word wall cards and ice breaker game cards. Use the comprehensive collection of readers’ theatre scripts to connect reading and drama in your classroom’.
  • Education Resources - Sydney Theatre Company
    ‘STC Ed produces a comprehensive range of digital resources to accompany each Schools Days production in order to aid teaching and learning. These resources include the On Cue booklet, designer sketchbooks, posters and more’.
  • Foundation to 2 Drama Lesson Plans
    3 Australian Curriculum lesson plans for these groups.
  • Helen O’Grady Drama Academy
    ‘Core programs designed for Students from 5 to 17+. They encompass a huge body of developmental drama’. Operate during school terms. Fee-based and operates in most states.
  • NIDA - Schools and Teachers
    ‘NIDA’s Schools Program offers outstanding performing arts educational activities for both students and teachers, providing specialist training and access to industry professionals and guest artists’. Check their Free Teacher Resources.
  • 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’.

General Sites

  • Arts Education K-9
    British Columbia Ministry of Education. ‘The revised Arts Education curriculum re-imagines 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 curriculum for Arts : Grade 10 lists several Drama areas for this grade level available to download or access on the web. Access different grade levels by using the Change Grade link. Canada.
  • Digital Theatre - Teaching with DT+
    ‘Supports the teaching of English, Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, and Performing Arts subjects from secondary to higher education. We provide resources which bridge the gap between school and university. UK.
  • Drama Education Network
    ‘Curriculum, Teacher Training and Products for Arts Integration and Literacy in Pre-K, K-12, and College’. USA.
  • Drama Games for Students
    You can subscribe and have complete access to the whole site at a rate that is fairly reasonable. However, there is also a range of free material available including drama games, Free monologues, watch free plays online and even learn how to teach your first drama class. USA.
  • Drama Lesson Plans
    Designed for Years 7-9. You can be selective, picking individual items, or access the discounted Year level classroom packs. Wide range of topics, e.g. Year 8 includes Aboriginal Dreamtime through Fairy tales to WW1 Poetry and Surrealist Drama. UK.
  • Drama Resource - Drama Downloads – quick and easy !
    Drama Drama Games, Online Drama, Strategies, Teaching Tips, Lessons, Primary Drama Ideas, Apps, Books, Downloads, Videos, Webinars, Courses, and more. UK.
  • Drama Toolkit
    ‘A one stop shop for Drama that aims to take out the frustration of coming up with original Drama Lessons, Session Plans and Schemes of Work, so you can concentrate on using the Arts as an amazing tool for children and young people’. UK.
  • Lesson Plans for Drama Teachers
    ‘Here is a big ole’ list of links to Lesson Plans for Drama Teachers. And see the bottom of this post for a printable PDF : Top Ten Tips For Writing Awesome Lesson Plans’.
  • Pre-school Drama Activities
    ‘Books for children to act out, Fingerplays, Movement rhymes’, more.
  • Theatrefolk - Teaching and Curriculum Resources for Drama Teachers
    ‘Quality resources to use in your drama classroom’.
  • The Drama Teacher
    ‘Free Drama Education Resources’.

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Link Sites

  • National Drama Learning Resources [UK]
    A really interesting collection.
  • Recommended Links
    A compilation from DramaWest.
  • Theatre Links
    Previously included under the title of Justin’s Drama and Theatre Links. As they say - “Thousands of categorised Theatre Resources” Of the greatest interest may well be the ones in the Educations section. Be sure to check the menu listing for a wide range of options.
  • Theatre on a Shoestring
    An extensive pf link groups from Actors and Acting via Costume Design and Improv to Shakespeare and Theatre Education. Everything from lesson plans to resources for young playwrights.

Reader’s Theatre

  • 1 000+ ideas about Readers Theatre on Pinterest
    Assistance, scripts, resources, more.
  • Readers Theatre
    An ‘alphabetical listing of readers theatre scripts with number of parts’, e.g. One Handed Catch [7].
  • Reader’s Theatre Scripts [Reading A-Z]
    ‘Perform without the need for props, costumes, or a set ! The scripts also provide an opportunity for group interaction and student cooperation’.
  • Reader’s Theatre Editions
    ‘Reader’s Theatre Editions are free scripts for reader’s theatre [or readers theatre] adapted from stories written by Aaron Shepard and others - mostly humour, fantasy and world tales from a variety of cultures’. USA.
  • Reader’s Theatre Scripts and Plays
    ‘Readers Theatre is a dramatic presentation of a written work in a script form. Readers read from a “script” and reading parts are divided among the readers’.
  • Stories to Grow By -Readers Theatre
    ‘Our collection of Readers Theatre Play Scripts for Kids and the Classroom come from our award-winning Stories for Kids. We offer Readers Theatre Playscripts at every grade level for free’.


Many are free to use.

  • 11 Short Play Scripts for Teens in High School
    ‘We understand it can sometimes be difficult to search for and find a short play script. MB’s plays are free to use for educational purposes such as in high school drama class. Great for high school students’. Check their FAQs if any doubts arise. USA.
  • 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 but appears reasonable. Some free scripts but you need to sign up to the Newsletter. UK.
    2 700+ by 1 100+ playwrights. Fee-based.
  • Drama Games for Kids
    ‘These drama games and activities are classic for teaching kids theatre, are perfect for warm ups, ice breakers, or as a simple drama activity to start any class’.
  • Drama Notebook - Plays for Kids and Teens
    ‘Hundreds of royalty-free plays for kids and teens. Short plays, one-act plays, and full-length scripts for elementary, middle-school and high school students. These are original, high-quality play scripts that you will not find anywhere else’. USA. They also have a Pinterest page of 400 Free Plays to Use In Your Classroom.
  • Dramatic Publishing
    ‘Your source for plays and musicals since 1885’. Secondary school and higher. Fee-based. USA.
  • Drew’s Script-o-Rama
    He now also has a second, “jazzed-up” version of the site here.
  • Fox Plays
    Books, Musicals, Plays, Christmas Music, School Music, Preview Scripts, contact details. Fee-based but free to read scripts on site. Australian.
  • 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 !
    ‘Free Monologues, Scripts and Skits for Actors and Teachers’.
  • Free Play Scripts ! [The Drama Teacher]
    ‘An annotated list of websites offering a wide variety of free online play scripts for drama and theatre teachers and their students’.
  • Free Scripts for Kids
    A to Z Home Homeschooling]. ‘Explore your children’s dramatic talents with these free play scripts for kids. Read on to understand how the fine arts develop young minds’. USA.
  • MYpita Drama Resources
    ‘The following plays were written for intermediate students. Please feel free to revise and use as you wish. Please help this to be a growing resource by sending plays [those not copyright protected] that others may use’.
  • Peter Wilson’s Drama Script Collection
    ‘A collection of stories film and plays scripts [available free of royalties for amateur performance] and factual information’.
  • Playscripts, Inc.
    ‘Playscripts plays and musicals represent a great diversity of voices, styles and stories. They have been enjoyed in over 100 countries. We license amateur and professional productions, publish standard acting editions, binder books, collections, and eScripts’. USA.
  • Scripts for Schools
    ‘Scripts for Schools has been providing teachers and community groups with Readers Theatre Scripts, Choral Reading [Choral Speaking Scripts], Play Scripts and Puppet Play Scripts for the past twenty six years. Our scripts continue to be used by schools and community groups around the world’. Fee-based but fairly cheap. Canada/USA.
  • Seomra Ranga - Drama Links
    ‘These links are just suggestions of websites that teachers may wish to visit to compliment their classroom teaching. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each individual teacher or school to determine whether the links provided are suitable for children to visit’.
  • Simply Scripts
    ‘A database of hundreds of downloadable scripts, movie scripts, screenplays and transcripts of current, classic and maybe a few soon-to-be-released movies, television, anime, unproduced and radio shows’.
  • Stage Partners - Plays for High Schools
    ‘We’ve got all kinds of plays for high schools. From one-act dramas for competition to full-length play adaptations, Stage Partners has just what you need for your high school theatre program’. USA.
  • Teaching and Curriculum Resources for Drama Teachers
    ‘High School Plays, Middle School Plays, Teaching Resources, Practical Technical Theatre DVD Series’, more. USA. Fee-based.
  • 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.
  • Theatrefolk
    ‘You need great plays for your students. We can help’. 200+ for Middle School and High School. Canada/USA.

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Other Information

  • Arts On The Move
    ‘Drama Resources, Plays, Scripts and Musical, Drama teaching materials and more for Children, Schools and Youth Theatres’. UK.
  • Drama
    History of Western Drama; Opera; Pantomime; Mime; Ballet; Creative Drama; Asian Drama; Notes; Sources; Links. Wikipedia.
  • 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.While the monologues in this collection are FREE, they are copyright protected. They may be used for educational settings without asking for permission. They may be used for auditions, performed in educational settings, used in school and community theatre performances, and video-taped’.

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  • 15 Engrossing Drama And Improv Games For Teens
    ‘Whether your teen is shy and introverted or is always hyperactive and extremely outgoing, drama games will help channel all her energy into a positive action. We have compiled a list of brilliant improv and drama games for teens’.
  • Fun Improv Games and Exercises for Kids
    ‘Here you will find an extensive list of improv activities that will lead to hours of fun and laughter. Improv is a great way to boost social skills, teamwork and critical thinking’.
  • Improv Encyclopaedia
    ‘The largest collection or resources for improvisation theatre on the web’. Free. Also available to download as a PDF document. USA.
  • Improv for Teenagers ? A Lesson Plan
    ‘Below is a lesson plan I have used many times. It helps to break the ice and gives teenagers a fun, low-pressure introduction to improv. This is a lesson plan for a 90 minute class for adolescents titled Introduction to Improv’.
  • Improvisation Activities 25 topics at time of inclusion. Other drama areas may be accessed from the menu on the left.
  • Theatre and Improv Games for the Classroom and Beyond
    ‘Improvisational acting teaches you to think quickly and to read other people as you perform. You’ll also sharpen your wit as you learn how to react to your audience’. Multiple games are supplied.

Medieval Drama

  • Medieval Drama
    ‘Internet resources for the study of Medieval and Early Renaissance Drama. Links for Chaucer, Arthurian Legend, Medieval Drama and more’.
  • The Medieval Drama
    Article covering areas from jugglers and pageants through to tropes, liturgical and mystery plays, Morality plays and Interludes.
  • Medieval Drama Links
    Links for miracle, mystery and morality plays, more.

Shakespeare & Elizabethan Drama

    ‘This website is dedicated to rescuing and presenting for the first time ever easy-to-read, fully annotated Elizabethan plays. My hope is that some of you will be inspired to try to read some of these great plays. The plays on this site have been edited and annotated for the modern audience’.
  • Elizabethan Theatre and Drama
    No Sweat Shakespeare. ‘The simple definition of Elizabethan theatre and drama is that it is drama written during the reign of Elizabeth I, but that is absurdly simplistic : Elizabethan drama is much more than that’. Check the links on the right for a mass of information about Shakespeare and his writing.
  • Introduction to Shakespearean Drama
    An easy to follow slide show. This then leads into several further slide shows about Shakespeare and his writing.
  • Read Shakespeare’s Plays as Modern English Ebooks
    ‘Read Shakespeare’s plays easily in the style of an exciting teenage novel. Master the plot, characters, themes and language of Shakespeare’s plays. Follow the original act and scene structure of Shakespeare’s text. Download and receive both a PDF and EPUB version !’
  • Shakespeare’s Plays
    ‘Shakespeare’s plays portray recognisable people in situations that we can all relate to - including love, marriage, death, mourning, guilt, the need to make difficult choices, separation, reunion and reconciliation. They help us to understand what it is to be human, and to cope with the problems of being so. Click on a play to read a full synopsis’.
  • Shakespeare’s Plays [Shakespeare Online]
    ‘Here you will find the complete text of Shakespeare’s plays, based primarily on the First Folio, and a variety of helpful resources, including extensive explanatory notes, character analysis, source information, and articles and book excerpts on a wide range of topics unique to each drama ’.
  • Shortened Shakespeare
    ‘Recommended short versions of Shakespeare scripts for children and young people to perform’. Use the links provided to access these.

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