Theater Essentials Online is an integrated classroom tool for grades 7-12 consisting of structured 15-minute pre-recorded lessons led by local theater professionals. Designed to be completely flexible for in-person, hybrid or fully remote models of learning, each video lesson connects with state standards and includes study guides, student worksheets and other resources. Using our easy pay-what-you-can structure, teachers can purchase and distribute videos in voice, acting, design and more to students wherever and whenever they are learning.

Theater Essentials Online videos are designed to support select Nebraska state standards for the fine arts. Connections to standards vary according to the grade level and how teachers incorporate videos and accompanying worksheets into their existing curriculum goals. Please visit education.ne.gov/finearts for a full listing of Nebraska state standards for the fine and performing arts and glossary terms.

 

 

Areas of Discipline

Technical Theater Basics

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  • Lesson 1 | Lighting Design | Learn More
  • Lesson 2 | Fundamental Techniques of Scenic Painting | Learn More

Check back this winter for the following lessons:

  • Makeup & Costumes
  • Stage Management
  • Sound Design & Engineering

Voice

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  • Lesson 1 | 10 Things Your Music Director Wants You To Know | Learn More
  • Lesson 2 | Do's and Dont's in Musical Theater Performance | Learn More

Check back this winter for the following lessons:

  • Breath
  • Effective/Healthy singing techniques across different genres
  • Vocal modeling for female vs male students

Acting

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  • Lesson 1 | How to Create a Self Tape | Learn More
  • Lesson 2 | Best Techniques and Practices for Auditioning | Learn More

Check back this winter for the following lessons:

  • Characterization
  • Embodying physicality 
  • Script Analysis

Movement

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Check back this winter for the following lessons:

  • Musical Theater Movement
  • Ballet Technique
  • Tap Technique

Professional Development

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  • Lesson 1 | Directing and Creating Stage Pictures | Learn More
  • Lesson 2 | 10 Strategies to Make Your Theater Program More Inclusive | Learn More

Check back this winter for the following lessons:

  • Theatre & Social Justice
  • Dramaturgy
  • Careers in Broadway 
For questions or more information, please contact the Education Team at Education@O-pa.org
Sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Sunny Durham Foundation and the  Producers of Moulin Rouge! The Musical.