Updated: Jun 24, 2020
When teaching students who are brand-new to theatre, it s important to discuss and apply the expectations of the drama classroom, and the theatrical world.
Here are 5 key tips for introducing and following Theatre Etiquette in the classroom and in rehearsal.
1. Define theatre etiquette
Theatre etiquette is how you behave in the drama classroom or in a rehearsal in order to get along and be a good person in the theatrical world.
It s important to define a code of behaviour in the classroom or in rehearsal.
Students are pushing themselves outside of their comfort zone. They re exploring characters who are different from them. They re exploring unfamiliar stories. They re trying to move their bodies in different ways.
Students need a safe place where they can express these things, where they can try new things and not be afraid of making a mistake. Theatre etiquette involves coming up with ways to create a safe place. Help students succeed, feel comfortable to express themselves, and try new things.
2. Involve your students in defining the expectations.
It s important for students to contribute to creating rules, because that way they can take ownership of the drama classroom.
Students need to know that this is theirclassroom. If they ve come up with their procedures or ways of doing things, they can really take ownership.
Obviously, if they need a little bit of direction, we can help shape expectations into what will work for the experience and the particular group of kids. But we make sure students are involved from the beginning.
3. The basis of theatre etiquette = respect.
If students are respectful of themselves, of each other, of the crew members, of the teacher and the director, they re able to grow and develop as actors, as performers, and as people.
When students have that respect for their classroom and for themselves, they can allow themselves to open up, express themselves more and learn more.
They can use that respect in every other situation they encounter in life whether it s other classes, a first job, dealing with family.