Extend the learning (and fun!) with these resources about THEATER from PBS LearningMedia!
Drama Arts Toolkit
Resources in the Drama Arts Toolkit collection include the history and elements of theater as well as a behind-the-scenes look at theater production from the planning stages to the final performance. Through live performances and interviews, the collection represents a wide variety of cultures, periods, and styles of drama.
Children's Theater Field Trip
Learn how to take the stage at the Ft. Lauderdale Children's Theater. Practice using body language, play in the prop room, try on amazing costumes, and act out The Three Little Pigs.
Play-Maker | Arthur
Play-Maker gives children the tools they need for putting on their very own theatrical event. Children can use the script provided, or develop a story of their own. This feature promotes reading, teamwork, and awareness of the arts. Work with children to put on a show for family and friends, in this activity from Arthur.
Controlling Creative Energy
Drama teacher Curt Tofteland leads students in an exploration of how actors use energy. In an activity called “Passing Energy,” students pass an imaginary ball of energy to each other. Jean St. John and Steve Roenker of My Nose Turns Red Theater Company give some background on commedia dell’arte as well as discuss how actors control energy to perform this physical style of comedy.
Act up and put on a play, with these fun scripts from Zoom.
Annie on Broadway
Take a trip to the Great White Way with the ANNIE on Broadway Education Initiative. This engaging collection of arts resources immerses children in the world of ANNIE and provides an up-close look behind the scenes of a major Broadway musical. Learn what a set designer does, design your very own costumes, and more! Each resource includes discussion questions to deepen student understanding.
Scale City: Greetings from Sky-Vue Drive-In
Greetings from Sky-Vue Drive-In takes students on a tour through the history of drive-in theaters and a visit to one that's still open and thriving in Winchester, Kentucky. Looking at shadows through the drive-in movie projector introduces the relationship of a shadow's size to its distance from the light source.
Broadway: The American Musical | For Educators
Secondary-school educators and their students can use the materials in this richly illustrated guide to examine American history and culture through the experience of American musical theater.