Essays & articles

A set of links to useful articles and essays on various aspects of drama/theatre, both in the church and outside.
(Dramatix does not necessarily endorse any of the comments in these articles - the links are simply provided as a helpful resource.)

The Playwriting Seminars

A major resource for the developing writer.

Primary Areas of The Playwriting Seminars:

Content : Story & Themes, Characters www.vcu.edu/artweb/playwriting/content.html

Film : The Screenwriting Craft vs. Playwriting www.vcu.edu/artweb/playwriting/film.html

Screenwriting Software : A quick guide to what's essential nowadays when you write for film and television -- and sometimes helpful for playwrights. www.vcu.edu/artweb/playwriting/software.html

Structure : The -wright of The Playwright's Craft. www.vcu.edu/artweb/playwriting/structure.html

Working : Writing Techniques, Rewriting & Editing. www.vcu.edu/artweb/playwriting/working.html

Format : For Manuscripts & More Interesting Things. www.vcu.edu/artweb/playwriting/format.html

Business : Submitting Scripts, Copyright, Royalties, & Resources. www.vcu.edu/artweb/playwriting/resources.html

History of Theatre

Prejudice Against the Theatre : An essay outlining the historical roots of Christian prejudice against the theatre. A scholarly essay. www.fa.mtu.edu/~dlbruch/prejudice.html

The Nature of Theatre

What is good Christian drama? By Dramatix co-ordinator John McNeil. Click here to read.

The Nature of Theatre : Essay introducing theatre and its relationship to religion. www.danillitphil.com/nature.html

Of Pain, Connection, and Process : The need for pain in spiritual connection. www.danillitphil.com/pain.html

Definitions and Spellings : Basic definitions and spellings. www.danillitphil.com/define.html

Experience of Witnessing : Theatre as a witnessing agent to people. www.danillitphil.com/exper.html

Why do drama? A quick overview of the history of drama, its place in the church, and some of the requirements. Click here to read.

Self Indulgence and Grand Ideas. www.prostar.com/web/rjlee/f030398.htm

Outreach or Inreach? www.prostar.com/web/rjlee/f120597.htm

Just say no to bad drama in church: http://www.creativeministry.com/articles/21

Playback Theatre : Playback Theatre is an improvisational performance-art form based on true stories told by the audience. A summary from articles written by Playback companies.

Starting out in Drama

A Calling to the Stage: Actor's Edition. This 150-page book is available without charge, and is distributed in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF), for the user to download and print out locally. This book is geared for the individual (Christian) amateur actor, and is meant to be a handbook to guide them through the complete rehearsal/performance process. A simple registration is required, but the book is free. http://dlampel.com/regforma.php

The companion volume to the Actor's Edition is nearing completion, and should be available some time around the middle of this year. A Calling to the Stage: Director's Edition includes everything in the Actor's Edition, but has additional chapters specific to the director of Christian drama. Currently, "pre-publication" chapters are available at our Download Center, for those who would like to sample portions of this new volume. When the new book is completed, it will be available for free download, much as the Actor's Edition. The Pre-publication chapters can be accessed at http://dlampel.com/pafiledb3/pafiledb.php?action=category&id=15

Ok, What's With All This Christian Drama Stuff www.prostar.com/web/rjlee/f112897.htm

Basic drama terminology and techniques : http://anona.com/Drama/dramatips.html

Getting Started www.ticon.net/~dramaman/howto013.html

How can I do drama when we don't have a drama team or any actors? One answer is to use still photographs and PowerPoint.

Share Your Gift www.prostar.com/web/rjlee/f121297.htm

Preparing to "do Christian drama" : http://www.dramashare.org/manual.html

Low team morale: http://dramashare.org/manual.html

Theatre & Worship

Theatre as a Method for Worship : Theatre as a way to witness. www.danillitphil.com/meth.html

Theatre as Part of the Worship Service : Theatre as worship. www.danillitphil.com/part.html

Introducing Theatre as Worship : Introducing theatre as worship to the congregation. www.danillitphil.com/into.html

Conflict : Conflict in theatre as worship. www.danillitphil.com/conflict.html

The We Can Do Anything Fish Kingdom : "Children's" story about conflict. www.danillitphil.com/fish.html

Directing

How Theatre Happens : Who does what. www.danillitphil.com/how.html

Directing Theatre : The basic directing steps. www.danillitphil.com/base.html

Directing for Reunions and Congregations : A more detailed essay on directing for church. www.danillitphil.com/detail.html

Tips for the Director : Thoughts about directors and directing as a way to witness. www.danillitphil.com/tips.html

Directing for Stage and Screen. saultyouththeatre.tripod.com/direct.htm

An actor contract : Ever had trouble with lack of commitment among your actors? http://www.dramashare.org/manual.html

Copyright issues

How to copyright your scripts : Applies principally to United States authors.

Why Copyright ? : In which the author explodes a few myths, and explains a simple (and cheap) method to protect copyright.

Getting Scripts : About agreements and copyright laws. www.danillitphil.com/get.html

Copyright : www.prostar.com/web/rjlee/f010998.htm

Writing skills

Where to begin? if you want to write a play? From proper play format to learning the craft. www.teleport.com/~cdeemer/Nuts.html

Marketing your script, tips on getting it read by the right people. www.teleport.com/~cdeemer/Nuts.html

Scriptwriting www.heartistry.org/pages/Scriptwriting.html

Script Analysis saultyouththeatre.tripod.com/script.htm

Whaddya Mean The Script Ain't Right? www.prostar.com/web/rjlee/f010398.htm

Slice of life dramas : www.carey.ac.nz/drama/Essays/sliceoflife.html

Improve your writing : Over 200 pages of articles designed to help anyone improve their general and writing and editing skills. www.write101.com

Acting Technique

Acting with impact : www.heartistry.org/pages/ActorsArticle.htm

The Rehearsal Process: Rules for actors : saultyouththeatre.tripod.com/rehearse.htm

The actor and the director relationship : saultyouththeatre.tripod.com/exhort.htm

Characterisation : saultyouththeatre.tripod.com/charac.htm

Acting Workshop Online : All aspects of acting are covered here.

How to portray suicide, or other highly emotional parts. By Dramatix co-ordinator John McNeil.

Not necessarily Christian BUT very much acting. The ABWAG style of acting is what we all need to become better actors. You are not you. You are the character! http://www.abwag.com

Technical

Costuming in the Theatre : Some really practical tips for costuming plays from Donna Gordon, who has a passion for sewing.

Mime

Tim & Tanya Chartier Mime Workshop : A subset of the Dramashare site, with teaching on mime. http://www.dramashare.org/mime/

Clowning

Thoughts on clowning from Tim & Tanya Chartier. http://www.dramashare.org/cart/clown.html

Puppetry

Using puppetry www.sagecraft.com/puppetry/using/index.html

Puppetry Traditions Around the World http://www.sagecraft.com/puppetry/traditions/index.html

How to Make Shadow Puppets http://www2.worldbook.com/students/cybercamp_index.asp

Readers Theatre

What is Readers Theatre : www.aaronshep.com/rt/whatis.html

Readers Theatre : www.loiswalker.com/catalog/teach.html

Improvisation

The Improv Page : a clearing house for information about improvisation.

Shadow Theatre

How to Make Shadow Puppets http://www2.worldbook.com/students/cybercamp_index.asp

http://asia.yahoo.com/arts/performing_arts/puppetry/shadow_theatre/

http://edservices.aea7.k12.ia.us/edtech/teacherpages/bheitzman/resources.html

Drama in schools

Arts on the Move : a set of resources for teachers of drama in school.

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