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Supporting Standards Based Theatre Education

Download the 2014 National Theatre Standards and supporting materials.

  • An Overview of the Standards
    Read an overview of the 2014 National Theatre Standards which explains the structure and use of the standads. Author: Jim Palmarini.
  • Theatre Glossary
    This glossary was developed by the writers of the 2014 National Theatre Standards.
  • 2014 National Theatre Standards - Horizontal View
    View all of the 2014 National Theatre Standards in a scope and sequence, arranged in order by Artistic Process and moving from grade level performance standards in Pre-K through three levels of High School. (HS-I Proficient, HS-II Accomplished, HS-III Advanced).

Download additional educator support materials. 

  • Navigating the Theatre Educator Pro Microsite
    Easy guide to Theatre Educator Pro.
  • EdTA Theatre Educator Evaluation Workbook
    The Teacher Evaluation Workbook clearly articulates what learning looks like in theatre education and ties it to classroom experiences in a language administrators recognize. Based on Danielson methods of teacher evaluation, the Workbook provides a toolkit for evaluating and building your program as well as a communication tool.
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  • Understanding the Theatre Model Curriculum Framework
    The EdTA Theatre Curriculum Framework Project was introduced in 2019, the result of a yearlong project funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Teams of secondary theatre educators and teaching artists from around the nation collaborated with EdTA facilitators to work to frame best practice in theatre education. Beginning with the pioneering work of consultant Ken Bolinsky, the group articulated a conceptual framework for learning in theatre, including a set of elements and principles that define key learning aligned with the 2014 National Core Theatre Standards. Next the group devised a conceptual framework for theatre education which visually illustrates the connections between Standards, Elements & Principles and Curriculum & Assessment.

Assessment and Instruction

Free resources for curriculum planning and assessment.

Enjoy several free Model Cornerstone Assessment Units below. 
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  • HS-II Accomplished MCA: Bringing Shakespeare to Life
    Using scenes from Shakespeare's 12th night students will analyze text and learn how to use the language of Shakespeare to guide their performance. Authors: Theatre Educator Maura Vaughn with Kristen Giroux, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • HS-I Proficient MCA: Costume Design
    Students will create a costume design for a character in a drama or theatre work by analyzing the work, identifying and researching a design concept, constructing a mood board, sketching renderings and estimating a budget. Authors: Theatre Educator Jessica Shaw with Shirlee Idzakovich, NYC Costumer
  • HS-I Proficient MCA: Creating a Devised Play
    Students will work collaboratively to create a devised play or scene based on a contemporary photograph, and present the resulting script as a staged reading. Authors: Theatre Educator Matthew Moody with Julia Cuppy, La Jolla Playhouse
  • HS-III Advanced MCA: Devising Theatre for Social Issues
    Students will create a collaborative devised theatre piece by engaging in active exploration of a theme/issue/idea, preparing a dramaturgical notebook, and using research and exploration to identify ways in which space, architecture, rhythm, movement, sound, light, text and tension can deliver the message. Authors: Theatre Educator Kristie Fuller with NYC teaching artist Kate Lee
  • HS-III Advanced MCA: Directing
    Students will learn to prepare a director's notebook, analyze a play, create a design concept and apply these techniques to direct a 3-5 minute scene. Authors: Theatre Educator Amie Kisling with Director Michael Bigelow Dixon