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Teaching Theatre Through Games Online or in the Classroom

Recorded On: 05/19/2020

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Understand the value of acting exercises and games aligned with the core learning goals expressed in the National Theatre Standards.  Join educators Debra Macut and Jill Panyard as they demonstrate teaching your curriculum through targeted learning activities or “games” to teach physicality, expression of emotion, character development and more.  The teachers demonstrate games with Grades 4-6, however all can be adapted for all ages and that are successful online.

Learning goals:

- participants will learn a rationale for choosing games based on learning targets embedded within the National Theatre Standards  
- participants will experience a demonstration of adapting games for use in an online teaching environment

Length:  60 minutes

Suitable for:  beginning teacher, elementary, middle or high school, teacher new to online teaching

Debra Macut

Theatre Educator

Debra Macut is a professional actor with stage, industrial, voice-over, and directing experience. She received her M.F.A. in Acting from Catholic University in D.C. and has been a member of AEA for many years. Debra is the Director of Acting at the Popovsky Performing Arts Studio in Lancaster Pa. where she develops and teaches classes for students in 4th grade through adults. Debra is also a member of the teaching staff of the Theatre Academy for the Hershey Area Playhouse in Hershey Pa., where she and other teachers develop and teach classes for 1st through 12th graders, including summer camps. Debra particularly enjoys working with high school seniors on their auditions for college performing arts programs. Debra lives in Hummelstown Pa. with her husband. They have two grown daughters, one dog and two cats.

Jill Panyard

Theatre Educator

Jill Panyard has her hand in leadership, education, convention planning, and theater. She is the current head of the Theatre Academy for the Hershey Area Playhouse in Hershey, PA. Along with the teachers in the Academy, she helps to develop and teach programs for children ages 5 to 18, including themed sessions, summer camps and junior musicals. She has also been involved with Encore! Home School Productions for the past 16 years in leadership and directing plays and musicals. She particularly enjoys coaching young actors in learning theater skills and developing their talents on stage. Jill is a native New Englander, making Pennsylvania her home for 36 years. She has enjoyed theatre training through many avenues including her alma mater, Syracuse University. She, and her husband Jim, are empty-nesters, having had the privilege of raising two sons in Central PA. 


Teaching Theatre Through Games Online or in the Classroom
Recorded 05/19/2020
Recorded 05/19/2020 Experienced educators demonstrate how to structure learning either online or in the classroom using games and activities linked to the National Theatre Standards.
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