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  julia_ashworth@byu.edu with curriculum database feedback or contribution ideas.

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Theatre of the Oppressed by Michael Avila (part virtual/part in-person)

Students will demonstrate their understanding of oppression, empathy, Boal techniques by creating and participating in Forum Theatre scenes.


Second Circle by Michael Avila

Students will demonstrate their understanding of The Second Circle, created by Patsy Rodenburg, and the importance of presence in performance by applying presence to diverse situations and performing a Shakespearean Sonnet in Second Circle.


The Character of a Puppet’s Voice by Spencer Duncan

Students will demonstrate their ability to manipulate voice to clearly portray an objective-driven character through the design and development of a puppet character in a short scene.


Contemporary Theatre by Spencer Duncan

Students will demonstrate their ability to interpret and create believable characters through exploring textual analysis, performance, and dramatic criticism.