OUR DATABASE

Welcome to the Theatre Education Database (TEDb) hosted by the Department of Theatre and Media Arts (TMA) at Brigham Young University. This curriculum database is designed to help public educators who are currently teaching theatre in the school systems to cultivate stronger classroom curriculum and lesson plans. The ultimate aim of this website is to improve the quality of theatre education by developing a forum for the exchange of theatre curriculum ideas and instructional materials and by fostering meaningful communication among educators about teaching theatre to young people.

Some may wonder why theatre educators who worked so hard to develop their own curriculum would be willing to post it on a database for all to see and use. This website demonstrates the understanding that once education of curriculum development is obtained there comes an obligation to share and help others who don’t have that knowledge yet. “We can’t become possessive of our thoughts. Creative people know they don’t own an idea and that ideas multiply when they are shared. With cooperation, all benefit.” (Robert D. Hales) With that in mind, we hope that all theatre educators using this site and the curriculum within it will consider contributing their ideas to those posted here. No one should hold back their best – come together and share!

Please contact our site administrator at shawnda_moss@byu.edu with curriculum database feedback or contribution ideas.

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UNITS

LESSONS

Script Analysis and Scene Work by Nichole Clark

Students will be able to make believable and authentic acting choices in scenes by analyzing the script text and exploring appropriate vocality, movement, and motivations.

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Musical Theatre: Pedagogy, Performance, and Presentation by Brianna Sterling

Students will demonstrate an understanding of musical theatre pedagogy by researching current practices, applying various vocal, dance, and acting techniques, and either performing a solo musical scene or doing a presentation on an influential musical in PechaKucha form.

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Sound Design: the Art of Foley by Caitlin Hall

Students will demonstrate their mastery of sound and the creation of sound by adapting and performing a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream using live sound effects.

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Bunraku Puppetry Movement by Amberly Plourde

Students will be able to perform controlled subtle and exaggerated movement by devising puppet scene using Bunraku Puppets and principles.

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