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Additional Theatre Resources

Please note, although we believe them to be of high quality, these resources have not all been vetted by EdTA, nor should this be considered an endorsement. Educators should be mindful of digital resources that require teachers or students to create online accounts. Please check with district policies and consider HIPPA, FERPA, and COPPA laws with regards to student privacy BEFORE implementing any of these resources.

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Curated List of Links to Theatre Resources:

Alliance Theatre
Alliance Theatre offers wonderful online performances aimed at elementary and younger.  Fully immersive productions offered free, however students must register.  Alliance is also hosting online professional development.

American Theatre Wing You Tube Channel
Performances and interviews about working in the theatre.

Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Well curated list of various links to useful resources for tips and tools to create online learning and also content and free software opportunities.

Arts Education Partnership
Annotated list of resources includes links to tools for building learning, great articles for advice and links for possible content all sorted by their partner arts organizations. 

Arts Instructional Links
Links to content for arts instruction across all disciplines maintained by the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education.

Bay Area Childen's Theatre
Bay Area Children's Theatre's Creativity Corner offers engaging interactive adventures for children which combine a brief video with an activity sheet and the opportunity to share your work.  No sign up required.

Beat by Beat Press
Beat by Beat Press maintains a list of links and ideas for teaching theatre remotely.  Many resources for elementary including monologues.  They also license an online children's musical for a fee- The Show Must Go Online.  

Daily 8 Count
Dancer and Choreographer Brian Curl offers daily free dance lessons perfect for musical theatre tasks and challenges.  Requires contact information, teachers using with their students should be certain to make clear to student guardians and get any needed permissions. 

Educate Today Classroom Resource Package for Theatre & Television
Videos complete with lesson plans and student activity pages offered by Educate Today, an affiliate of HEC-TV, St. Louis.  

EduHam at Home
An extension of the Hamilton Education Program, free through August 2020 as a service to support at home learning, encouraging families to create a musical piece.  Through EduHam, students study primary source documents from the Founding Era, learn how Lin-Manuel Miranda used such documents to create the musical Hamilton, and finally create their own original performance pieces based on the same material.  Requires contact information, teachers using with their students should be certain to make clear to student guardians and get any needed permissions. 

Kennedy Center
Media and Interactive Resources 
from the Kennedy center make great content for learning.  Kennedy Center Theatre Resources offer a treasure trove of content, including the ArtsEd at Home page, curated remote teaching and learning lists, digital learning classroom resources and Arts in Special Education webinars. 

ESTA & USITT
Online Learning in Entertainment Design & Technology
 page lists free tech courses now being offered by the Association for Performing Arts & Entertainment Professionals (USITT) and the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA).  Suitable for advanced HS tech students or educators wanting to build their own professional learning. Requires the creation of a free account and collects contact information. 

LaJolla Playhouse Without Walls
LaJolla Playhouse Without Walls is a series of site-inspired theatre utilizing online tools to create and share performances.  This site requires a sign up and contact information – more appropriate for teachers. 

Lincoln Center at Home
Lincoln Center is offering streamed performances and workshops to support online learning.  Lincoln Center also offers "Pop Up Classrooms" through their Facebook page, which will be archived on their YouTube channel

Livestream Theatre
Website created by Texas doctoral candidate Eric Eidson, includes information on live-streaming performances with actors and audiences in separate locations, free scene study scripts and production script samples and a guide for teachers who are transitioning from traditional classrooms to online learning. 

Metropolitan Opera Online Resources
Metropolitan opera shares several online resources.  

National Theatre UK You Tube Channel
High quality videos exploring diverse theatre topics.  Great source of teaching content. 

New Victory Theatre
New Victory hosts weekly "Arts Break" lessons; a set of free video based lesson plans aimed at elementary aged students complete with projects, worksheets, coloring pages, and more – of note for theatre lesson planning would be the Puppetry Week and Just Move! Week.  For longer adventures check out their weekly interactive Adventure Theatre LIVE! (requires pre-registration and student or parent contact information- limited numbers allowed access)

PBS Theatre Links
PBS offers a variety of theatre content ranging from full length plays to interviews with theatre professionals.  

Powertool Safety Institute
Downloadable training videos, handouts and lesson plans, etc. teaching PowerTool safety.

Southeastern Theatre Conference
Large variety of links from the Southeastern Theatre Conference including articles, media and other items addressing needs during the emergency.

Tes Teaching Shakespeare
Compilation of tools and resources from some the UK's major cultural institutions such as the Royal Shakespeare Company. Offers multiple pathways for introducing Shakespeare including cultural approaches, universal themes, historical context, movie adaptations, and more.

Theaterish
Comprehensive list of links for online teaching and links to content and resources for designing online learning experiences in theatre.

Woza Africa!  Theatre in an African Context
Free digital education resource designed for high school aged students.  Start with The Toolkit which was designed by Prof. Yvette Hutchison, to introduce teachers, theatre groups and students anywhere in the world to a wide range of African approaches to storytelling, historical and cultural frames of reference, and ways of being in the world.  To access this resource click on the "Get Started" button on the site.  Please note teachers:  this requires sharing contact information so is best used as a teacher tool or by alerting parents to give permission for student access.   

100+ Curated Theatre Resource Pages
Extensive list by California Theatre Educator Krista Carson Elhai includes cross references by grade and content.  A treasure trove pulled from the best of the best with many thanks to Florida Thespians and others from the author. 


FROM OUR CHAPTERS

Alabama Thespians
Chapter Director Jamie Stephenson shares resources for online lesson plans and content easy to download and use. 

Florida Thespians 
Chapter Director Lindsay Warfield offers a list of online teaching resources and compiles some of the best lists online. 

Kentucky Thespians
Chapter Director Carolyn Greer Kentucky offers a succinct list of emergency lesson plans with strategies for remote teaching – a great user-friendly list to use right away.

Pennsylvania Thespians  
Chapter Director Mark Zortman shares several comprehensive resources, including Playbill’s link to the Met free streaming  and Broadway plays available to watch from home, plus a comprehensive list of YouTube recordings of  interviews with directors, actors, producers, etc.

Texas Thespians 
Chapter Director Amy Jordan A huge shoutout to Texas for its tremendously helpful and comprehensive list of all kinds of theatre links useful for creating online learning experiences for your students. 


TEACHING ARTIST SUPPORT

The Actors Fund
The Actor's Fund has mounted an online form for intake for those in the industry seeking assistance. This is a way for them to triage those seeking assistance since they are being overwhelmed by requests. NOTE: If you, or anyone in your company needs medical assistance in NYC, they can make an appointment at the Friedman Health Center which remains in operation.

Artist Relief Funds Nationwide
Massive google doc list of artist relief funds and more around the country.

Emergency Resources for NYC Artists 
Emergency Resources for NYC based artists from the New York Foundation for the Arts

Teaching Artist Guild
Resources compiled by the Teaching Artists Guild

Free Lance Artists' Guide
Guide to covid-19 resources available for free lance artists

Woman in the Arts
emergency funding resources for women in the arts