Resources for Theatre Educators
LIVE, ONLINE and PULBISHED HELP
TO SAVE YOU TIME AND SANITY
WHILE CREATING THEATRE IN A SCHOOL SETTING
★ 35 years as a theatre educator, small school outside London & large school outside Wash DC, gr. 7-12
★ 200 shows...3000 students
★ Successful parent Booster groups
★ Toured to competitions, NYC and Scotland Fringe
★ Serves on Governing Board of Cappies, Int'l
★ Colleague Assistance Program partner
★ Now retired, ready and available to give back
With experience that varies from tiny private school to ginormous public school, there are few situations that haven't been encountered. I've got over 150 productions under my belt including straight plays, musicals, short plays, Shakespeare, improv and devised theatre. I figure I've taught around 3000 students and worked under a wide variety of administrators and different performance spaces. I introduced the Technical Theatre curriculum into our school system, and remain on the Governing Board of The Cappies, directing their awards gala at the John F Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. annually.
Working with teenagers is tricky business, and very rewarding, but filled with coping with their teen angst, dealing with their parents, satisfying administrators, and handling all the other stakeholders can be downright exhausting. But on good days, we get applause for our work. Lucky us!
I've been told I'm equally left and right brained, so I'm good at seeing both the details and the big picture. I get great pleasure from seeing others succeed through my guidance or efforts, and wanting to keep my years of experience relevant, I co-authored Real-World Theatre Education with Zoe Dillard, and am proud that it's currently used in Theatre Education programs at universities across the country. Said one theatre supervisor, "Invaluable! Every theatre teacher, whether new or seasoned, should be furnished with this jam-packed compendium of the very best suggestions, solutions and warnings for navigating life in the theatre classroom."
And now, since retiring from full time teaching and directing, I look forward to opportunties to assist my theatre colleagues however I can. I now have time you don't, that can be put toward planning and helping, instead of just putting out brush fires as you do. On the other hand, I understand your tight schedule, and that flexibility is an important ingredient for us to work together successfully.
As to cost, our work together is professional development that may be funded by your Boosters, school or drama department funds instead of your own pocket. In any case, we'll keep it reasonable.
Act 1. Confer about your situation - where and who you teach; type of school; issues that need attention.
Act 2. Decide how we can best help you and a figure out a timeline that works for you.
Act 3. Activate our plan and follow up to see that it bears fruit.
Services we can provide:
Drama Website creation
Mentoring of new theatre teachers
Workshops in acting, directing, tech, etc.
Guest speaker for Theatre Education classes
Mentor's manual Real-World Theatre Education
Curator of Facebook group "Theatre Teachers Conspiracy"
Organizer, trainer, referee and judge for improv competitions
Whether you're training or in the thick of it, you know that strong student leadership will make for a stronger theatre program. But how to build crew chiefs and staff that "get it"? This free eBook will begin to show you the way! Enjoy!
What Others Have to Say...
"Chip Rome is an asset to the FCPS Theatre Arts community. He is knowledgeable, innovative, dependable and a pleasure to work with. He has a wealth of expertise and experience in...See More
"Working with Chip Rome at Educational Stages was such a helpful experience. As a first-year teacher, I was quickly understanding all of the small but important facets that the job of theatre director entailed. Chip worked me through a lot of those details with a...See More
"Chip hosted a one-night "TheatreSports 101" for my friends and me...two hours of hilarious and inpiring theatre games. It was scary in the very best way, and...See More
Praise for Rome and Dillard's mentoring manual
Real-World Theatre Education
"This is a nuts and bolts handbook that will walk an educator through the academic year, preparing them for both curricular and extra-curricular demands. It's more...See More
"I enjoyed how the book is broken up into seasons (autumn, winter, spring, summer) so that the content is more manageable and you get to experience the journey of what a year in the life of an educator entails...See More
"This book gives you plenty when it comes to the little things, such as how to handle administration, field trip procedures, and angry parents. What I used the most really is...See More
Organizations we've worked with include:
Robinson Secondary School
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