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Audition Tips for Teachers: How to Help Students Get the Part

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Education Director Maria McConville offers ideas for making the auditions process a skill-building process. Get students to show you their best work through these simple tips. Auditions can be the most nerve-wracking part of the theater process. As a theatre teacher, you want each of your students to get the part. They put themselves out there and they should be proud of the work they present. I know it can be overwhelming to see our students so stressed. Oh, the nerves! But auditions are also an opportunity for students who don’t normally participate to really shine. Here are some tips...

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Rituals, Games, and Ice Breakers!

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Stage Partners Education Director, Maria McConville, shares her thoughts on starting a new school year and how theatre games can help break the ice. And just like that, another summer break has come and gone. They don’t seem long enough, do they? I always find the beginning of a new school year to be quite exciting, though. There is so much possibility and potential. Your approach to the first few weeks of class or residency can set the tone for the rest of year. How will you introduce this group to the ideas of theatre? How will you begin to guide...

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Directing Your Faults: Peter Royston on "A Wrinkle in Time"

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 Stage Partners Education Director, Maria McConville, sat down with director and teacher Peter Royston between productions, to chat about why theatre is the BEST teaching tool there is, bar none. He was fresh off his production of A Wrinkle in Time and had plenty to share...   (And check out he 5 FREE LESSON PLANS we commissioned him to develop for A Wrinkle in Time stage adaptations...)   ........... MARIA: After working off-Broadway, what brought your focus to connecting the professional theatre to theatre education? PETER: Theatre’s in my blood, I can’t get enough of it, and I’ve always wanted to share it! I grew up...

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5 Tips for Talking about Tough Questions with Student Actors

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                          Playwright, Director, Teaching Artist and Stage Partners Founder Morgan Gould shares her tips on how to tackle serious or dark material with your students in rehearsal and beyond. Here are her 5 tips...  1. SOLUTION-BASED TRANSPARENCY. When something comes up in a play that’s difficult, transparency and honesty is important. Students of all ages (especially drama students!) are very good at detecting when you’re protecting them from the truth. Be honest but age appropriate about the reality of the situation. In My First Lockdown, for example, the students...

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"My Last Day of School: a failed memory" by playwright Ian McWethy

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Stage Partners playwright and funny man Ian McWethy dishes on his new play My Last Day of School and shares what he may or may not remember from his own last day of school. ~~~ It may have been because I had been looking forward to it for so long, dreaming of it all year, that the reality of my last day of high school ever was a bit of a let down. Or it may be that I was a relatively boring 18-year-old. I was a rule-follower in high school. Big time. Still am. I don't even cross the street...

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