Over the past few months, we have been asking our contributors here at StageAgent what some of their favorite theatre books were, whether it was for a summer read, something that greatly influences them, or just an amazing reference book to have on hand. So to kick off 2018, here’s a suggested reading list, a quick run down of 12 books recommended by the StageAgent team. We think there’s a little something here for everyone. Enjoy!
We have all heard of William Shakespeare. His plays are regularly performed across the globe, and they frequently feature as prominent texts on school/college syllabuses. Yet getting to grips with Shakespeare’s works can be tricky. What is an iambic pentameter? And how do you interpret some of the unusual sounding words written over 400 years ago? Whether you are studying his plays, or engaging with them for pleasure, this blog post will hopefully help guide you along the fascinating road to getting to grips with the Bard!
How can theatre teachers find new and interesting way to engage non-theatre students? With the advent of the new StageAgent for Schools program, it’s now easier than ever to integrate theatre into cross-curricular learning projects. Whether you want to brush up your Shakespeare in an English Literature class by having students perform monologues and scenes, or bring American History alive through the musical presence of the smash hit Hamilton, here are some ideas on how to integrate Theatre and other subjects such as Literature, Writing, History, Music, and Dance with the help of StageAgent for Schools. Read guest blogger Amanda Whitford Grundy’s post to see how you can use StageAgent for Schools and the many tools it offers to engage your students in all levels of theatrical learning.
Drama teachers rarely have enough time in the classroom to adequately focus on improving literacy in the Dramatic Arts. When so many theatre classes are group exercises that are project-driven, teachers struggle to ensure that kids learn about plays and playwrights. Further, how can theatre teachers truly measure a student’s learning progress? Luckily, computers in the classroom and constant online access have bred kids who are quick to use the internet. New programs like StageAgent for Schools have been launched to help fill these teaching gaps in the typical drama classroom. StageAgent for Schools has now been adopted by the drama programs at 24 Dallas ISD high schools. In this post, Lisa Cotie, a theatre teacher at the award-winning Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas, discusses the genesis of the StageAgent for Schools program and why drama teachers need to bring StageAgent for Schools into their classrooms.
It can be tricky navigating your way through plays with good roles that offer an exciting challenge for the modern teenager. After all, there are thousands of plays out there–where do you start? Are you looking for a powerful monologue, a dramatic scene, or a full play that features a lead teenage role?