Resources for Drama Teachers
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"Closets are for Clothes" (DVD and/or Performance script): by Gordon Hensley, for Gay-straight alliances and Theatre troupes. Synopsis: A compilation of true stories about coming out. The act of "coming out" has the power to transform every aspect of life: family, friendships, career, sexuality, spirituality. These accounts -- funny, heart-wrenching, and exhilarating -- encompass a wide breadth of backgrounds and experiences. From a teenager facing suicide to a father who must come out to his children at the risk of losing them -- from the cautious clergy to the raucous liberated femme -- each person tells of forging a unique path toward the difficult but emancipating recognition of finally being themselves. DVD: $20 each; Performance: Scripts: $7 each; Royalty: $50/show. Contact: Gordon Hensley, email@example.com
Dramatic Changes: Talking About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity with High School Students Through Drama: by Paula Ressler, Illinois State University. ISBN 978-0-325-00414-3 / 0-325-00414-5 / 2002 / 144pp / Paperback. Imprint: Heinemann Drama. Grade Level: 6-12. "Teachers need no drama background or extensive knowledge about sexual orientation and gender identity to use this book. Each chapter provides an introduction to the type of drama presented-from simple role plays through complex and extended pieces-along with educational objectives, rationales, resources, and materials needed."
The Laramie Project: by Moises Kaufman. Play (text) or DVD. For a year and a half following the murder of Matthew Shepard, Moises Kaufman and his Tectonic Theater Project conducted hundreds of interviews with the citizens of Laramie, Wyoming, to create this portrait of a town struggling with a horrific event. The savage killing of Shepard, a young gay man, has become an international symbol of the struggle against intolerance. But for the people of Laramie-both the friends of Matthew and those who hated him without knowing him the tragedy was personal. In a chorus of voices, The Laramie Project allows those most deeply affected to speak, and the result is a brilliantly moving theatrical creation. Obtain copies of the play or film on Amazon here. Also see The Laramie Project Study Guide. Also order copies of the scripts of Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later from Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Workshop on homophobia, using Theatre of the Oppressed: A 3 hour workshop for Secondary School by Jocelyn Wickett. Finding ways to combat homophobia through: “Forum Theatre, a collective rehearsal for reality” Augusto Boal. Theatre of the Oppressed: a focus on homophobia. Posted on the website of The Miss G Project for Equity in Education, an Ontario, CA province-wide grassroots young feminist organization working to combat all forms of oppression in and through education, including sexism, homophobia, racism, classism and ableism. This document is marked Part#2 but SSC could not find any other references to it.
YouthAware Educational Theatre: a program of the in San Francisco, CA - plays for young people that entertain, illuminate social issues, inspire and encourage healthier life choices. Offered at NCTC and on tour to Northern California schools and communities throughout the school year. For more information including producing a YouthAware theatre programs outside YouthAware's Northern California service area, contact Sara Staley, YouthAware Program Director at email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: (415) 861-4914. New Conservatory Theatre Center
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