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  • 1.  Elementary Theatre

    Posted 06-04-2024 09:51

    Good morning everyone!

    I just joined today and am excited about connecting with fellow Theatre teachers. As the subject line states, I'm an elementary theatre teacher ( a rare breed, I know). Would love to know if there any other elementary theatre teachers on here and connect about how you do things in your classroom. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. 

    Nathan Pearce

  • 2.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 06-04-2024 12:09

    Hey, friend! Welcome aboard!

    I'm not sure how many other elementary teachers might be on here (it's probably mostly middle and high school), BUT...NC does host it's annual NC Theatre Arts Educator Fall Sharing every September and there are definitely elementary teachers who attend that. You should totally come! It's in Winston-Salem this year, and it will be in Fayetteville next year! I go every year and always leave feeling awesome! :) 

    Check it out:

    Medina Demeter
    Hoke County High School

  • 3.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 06-05-2024 12:33


    I am an Elementary Theatre Teacher in Nashville, TN! Woohoo! It's the best career ever! I have taught Theatre for over 40 years, but just moved to PK-5 4 years ago. Let's definitely connect! 
    Mama Craig

    Suzanne "Mama" Craig
    PK - 5 Theatre
    Lipscomb Academy
    Nashville, TN

  • 4.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 06-06-2024 11:14

    Hi, Nathan. 

    While the Open Forum is a great place for middle and high school teachers, you won't find many elementary school teachers here.  The International Thespian Society that brings most of us here does not have an elementary school component.  

    Your contact info says you are in North Carolina, so I'd like to second what Medina has written.  The North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators is a wonderful place to find your people.  I became a member when I moved to NC to teach in 2000, and I attended all but one Fall Sharing between then and my retirement in 2019.  (I was on stage during the one Fall Sharing I missed.)  You'll find workshops presented by fellow Theatre Arts teachers--elementary, middle, and high school--and have time to network with fellow teachers.  The Fall Sharing nurtured me as a teacher, an artist, and a human being.  Winter Focus is also fabulous for nurturing the artist.

    The link Medina provided will give you all the information you need to get plans in line for this coming fall.

    There is also a Facebook page where many elementary Theatre Arts teachers hang out: Theatre Teacher Lesson Lending.  The FILES tab at the top gives you access to tons of materials people have uploaded.  Unfortunately, the files aren't organized by grade level.  They aren't organized at all.  But if you can find the time this summer to explore there, you'll find some interesting lesson plans and materials.  And there are frequent posts by elementary teachers asking for advice.  The answers are sometimes brilliant.    

    CJ Breland
    Retired Theatre Arts Educator

  • 5.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 06-06-2024 11:20

    Thank you so much for the response. I figured I would be one of the few, the proud, the elementary Theatre Arts teacher. Any connection I can make with fellow theatre teachers, no matter the type of school, is important to me. I will definitely be checking out the Fall Sharing event.

    Nathan Pearce

  • 6.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 06-07-2024 11:29

    There are actually plenty of Pre K-8th drama/theatre teachers out here- you are not alone at all!

    I recommend you join AATE (American Alliance For Theater and Education) if you have not already done this.  They have great resources (curriculum work, articles, PD (in-person and online), affinity groups to join, etc.

    I have been a member for years; it is a fantastic organization.

    Joanna Lewton
    Arts Director
    Capital City Public Charter School
    100 Peabody Street, NW
    Washington DC 20011
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  • 7.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 06-07-2024 13:09
    I teach Grades 1-6 as a Teaching Artist. Just closed "Willy Wonka with 60  sixth graders. There are Facebook focus groups for elementary Theatre educators and teaching artists, 

  • 8.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 06-06-2024 13:14


    Cory Wilkerson here, I'm the Chief Learning Officer for EdTA.  Welcome!  We have several robust resources for Elementary Theatre Teachers on our Learning Center. 
    Just go to the EdTA Learning Center and put "Elementary" in the search engine for lesson plans, professional development webinars for elementary theatre teachers and more. 

    Cory Wilkerson
    EdTA chief Learning Officer
    Educational Theatre Association

  • 9.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 06-06-2024 21:29

    Consider integrating games like "Freeze" to teach improvisation and quick thinking. Additionally, base skits on familiar stories to boost confidence. Prioritize the learning process over the final performance. 

    Avery Jones