Ch 6: Stagecraft & Technical Theater Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

When it's time to teach your performing arts students about the technical side of the theater, you can refer to our lesson plans to find creative ways to approach these subjects. These lessons and lesson plans are great supplemental resources you can incorporate into your existing syllabus.

Stagecraft & Technical Theater Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

From lighting to set design, this chapter focuses on various behind-the-scenes responsibilities that are important to all stage productions. Our lesson plans describe fun and engaging activities you can use to facilitate your students' learning experience and keep them focused and participating in class. You will find details about group and individual classroom activities and extended homework assignments you can use to have your students delve more deeply into facts about theater props, stagecraft, movie lighting and more.

You will also find video and text lessons to further teach your students about these technical theater topics. Use these resources to expand on your existing classroom materials, facilitate classroom discussions and develop other classroom activities to ensure your students have a full understanding of these topics.

How It Helps

  • Vocabulary words: Lists key words and phrases your students should be familiar with when learning about theater set design, stagecraft, among other topics
  • Activities or games: Outlines classroom activities to support your students' learning of theater lighting, makeup and other topics
  • Additional resources: Details how you can incorporate the use of video and text lessons to expand classroom discussions and make the most of your class time

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning stagecraft and technical theater lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific stagecraft and technical theater topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your performing arts class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related stagecraft and technical theater lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of stagecraft and technical theater.
  • Engage your students with relevant stagecraft and technical theater-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

13 Lessons in Chapter 6: Stagecraft & Technical Theater Lesson Plans
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Stagecraft Lesson Plan

1. Stagecraft Lesson Plan

Teach your students about stagecraft with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that outlines set design and then work on a cooperative project to put learning into action. Follow up with a quiz to test understanding.

What is Set Design? - History & Process

2. What is Set Design? - History & Process

This lesson introduces the history of set design from the early days of Greek theater to the processes used by set designers today. We'll look at several innovators and their contributions as well as some of the representational models and drawings used today.

Technical Theater Lesson Plan

3. Technical Theater Lesson Plan

Educate your students about technical theater with this lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a related lesson quiz, and participate in a fun hands-on activity about technical theater.

Technical Theatre: History & Elements

4. Technical Theatre: History & Elements

In this lesson, we will cover the major elements of technical theatre, as well as briefly address major historical periods that made technical theatre what it is today.

Set Design Lesson Plan

5. Set Design Lesson Plan

If your students are studying theater, this lesson introduces them to set design. Students will create posters about historical influences on set design, build their own model box sets for famous plays, and draw thumbnails for a set based on their favorite novels.

Theatre Props Lesson Plan

6. Theatre Props Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will teach your students about theatre props. They will also participate in an exciting activity to create their very own theatre props for a stage production.

Technical Theatre Lighting Lesson Plan

7. Technical Theatre Lighting Lesson Plan

Educate your students about technical theatre lighting with this helpful lesson plan. They will study two text lessons, take two related quizzes, and participate in activities that will help to reinforce concepts.

Theatre Lighting: History & Design

8. Theatre Lighting: History & Design

This lesson examines the history of theatrical lighting development over the centuries, including new power sources, advancement in fixture designs, and famous innovators in modern lighting design.

Theatre Lighting: Equipment & Terms

9. Theatre Lighting: Equipment & Terms

This lesson takes a look at the basic terms and equipment used in theatrical lighting, including what light fixtures produce particular effects and when to use them.

Movie Lighting Design Lesson Plan

10. Movie Lighting Design Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to read about how lighting can impact a scene. They will then apply this by constructing and lighting various scenes of their own.

Stage Makeup Lesson Plan

11. Stage Makeup Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help you teach students the importance of stage makeup, and how to apply it. Students will learn makeup application techniques, and will practice applying stage makeup on each other and themselves.

Costume Design: Definition, History & Process

12. Costume Design: Definition, History & Process

Have you ever watched a movie and marveled at the costumes? Do you wonder who dreams up what the characters will look like? In this lesson, explore the history of costume design and learn how it's done.

Stanislavski Lesson Plan

13. Stanislavski Lesson Plan

Educate your students about the legendary Stanislavski with this helpful lesson plan. They will read a text lesson, take a related quiz, and participate in a unique hands-on activity to reinforce newly acquired concepts.

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