Celebrate Black History Month in your theatre class by exploring the history of Black plays and works on Broadway, from the late 1800's until today. Find the titles you need at Black Work Broadway an internet database tracking plays by people of color on Broadway.
Other theatre specific resources:
Celebrating Black History Month - Broadway Milestones You Need to Know
Learn about Broadway milestones as a part of Black history.
Celebrate Black History Month in the Theatre
Celebrate famous Black Thespians with Tomorrow Tix out of Seattle
Six Great African American Musicals
This commercial site from Walter Film sells Hollywood memorabilia, but their page in homage to 6 great African American musicals contains some wonderful history tidbits and video clips.
Celebrate Black History Month with PBS
PBS has pulled together a wealth of black performance examples combined with historic video snippets on this multi media site.
Lesson Plan Idea:
Use any of the above or all of them to build a lesson in theatre research by diving into the social and cultural background of famous works by Black artists.
National Theatre Standards Alignment:
TH:Cn11.2.6.b. Investigate the time period and place of a drama/theatre work to better understand performance and design choices.
TH:Cn11.2.7.a. Research and discus how a playwright may have intended a drama/theatre work to be produced.
TH:Cn11.2.I.b. Use basic theatre research methods to better understand the social and cultural background of a drama/theatre work.
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"Stage the Change" - Social Justice Through a Playwriting Based CurriculumContains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 12/08/2020
Ruthie Pincus, Executive Director of Stage the Change, will provide a collection of strategies to lead your students to identify their passions and use their arts voices to create work that makes a difference in their community. This work engages students in a personal way and helps to develop them as empathetic engaged global citizens and artists, eventually becoming artists who understand the power of their young "arts voices."
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Devising as Constructivist Teaching PracticeContains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 10/24/2019
Bethany Nelson, Emerson College offers this webinar to address the theory underlying the practice of devising theatre. Length: 60 minutes
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