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Achieving Balance • Chip Rome 

The Role of the Educator • Zoe ̈ Dillard 


Part I : Autumn 1

. 1 Preparing for Employment

So Many Choices

Elementary, My Dear Director

Monkey In the Middle

Handling High School

The Theatre Educator’s Job Description

Changes from Student Teacher to Teacher/Director

PayYourself First

2 Preparing for the First Day of School  

Driving into Your First Year

The Culture of Your Learning Community

Getting To Know You

Finding Your Personal Theatre Philosophy

That Other Teaching You Do

Diversity in the Classroom and on Stage

Building Use and You


   3 Preparing for the Classroom

Your Class Schedule

Mixing Theatre Classes

Acting Mixed with Technical Theatre

Teaching at Multiple Locations

Technical Theatre

Lesson Plans

Methods of Teaching Theatre

Exceptional Students in the Theatre Classroom

ESOL: A Distinct Opportunity

Doing Your Best: An ESOL Educational Journey

Classroom Management


Disruptive Students

Drawing the Line on Touching

Communicating with Parents and Kids

Communicating with Colleagues

Communicating with the Community

4 Preparing for Production

Theatre Booster Support: the Good, the Great and the Ugly

Annual Booster Warning

Your Department ProductionSchedule

Selecting a Show

Acquiring a Show

Pre-Audition Workshop: Communicate the Process

Developing Leadership

Cleanup of Support Space

Establishing a Production Team/CrewChiefs



Tips on Directing

The Hygiene Talk

Teaching Kissing

Injuries and Illness

Judging a Play’s Success

5 Enrichment Activities

School Events

Field trips.



Field Trip Travel Tips

Part II : Winter

. 6 Paying Attention to Professionalism 

College Recommendations

College Advice to Parents - a short play

Choices for College Theatre Education

Politics and You

Recertification Check


Staff Development

Substitute Teachers

Fixing Mistakes

7 Selling the Program, Smaller Productions

Enrollment...It’s Your Job!

Maintaining Momentum

Children’s Theatre

An Evening of One-Act Plays and Scenes

Fund Raising

Part III : Spring

. 8 The Show Must Go On

Surviving Entitlement

Preparing for Next Year

Awards & Recognition

9 When the World is Bigger Than Theatre

National crisis


Suicide watch

Westfield Wounded


Part IV : Summer

. 10 Summer Stuff to Do

Summer Drama Camps for Fun and Profit

Summer Enrichment Programs for Your Students

Travel With Students

11 Older and Wiser

Recharging Your Batteries

The Voice of Experience

Final Thoughts

Kudos from a Student

Appendices - available to download and customize (MSWord format)

A. Ideal Job Worksheet

B. Checklist for Newbies

C. Tech Help Request Form

D. Tech Booth Rules

E. Cultural Catch-Phrases

F. Theatre I Identity Assignment: Who Am I?

G. Organizing Labels for Mailboxes

H. Sample Syllabus 

I. Sample Syllabus 2

J. Suggested Materials

K. Publishers of Musicals & Plays

L. Auditioning Using the ADDIE System

M. Audition Card

N. Production Contract

O. Production Packet

P. Crew Chief Explanations and Expectations

Q. Exercise in Leadership

R. Crew Chief Sign-Up Instructions and List

S. Crew Chief Task Calendar 

T. Online Resources

U. Field Trip Prep Checklist

V. Field Trip Letter to Parents

W. Response to Patron Complaint About Show Content

X. Program Insert re: Use of Weapons On Stage

Y. Recommendation Request Form

Z. Playwriting Lesson Plan Templates 

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