Educational Stages​​​​​​​

Mentors' Manual/Theatre Ed Text

Professors of Theatre Education and newbie teachers will find this textbook a compendium of very practical information and resources beyond the requirements of certification/licensing or the needs of lesson planning.  Our focus is the realities of working in a school setting, dealing with the politics, logistics and administrivia that pull one away from the teaching and directing where you'd rather be spending your time. CLICK -->

Workshops and Consulting

We can help you with individual mentoring, workshops for groups of theatre arts teachers, assistance with curriculum development or safety standards, and more.  From improvisation like TheatreSports to adjudication of theatre festivals; auditioning techniques to Kabuki basics; directing and teaching classes, it's all available upon request.
​​​​​​​Just get in touch!                   Learn A.C.T. at​​​​​​​

Events for Older Adults in the DMV

THEATREMAKERS is our outreach wing for older adults who want to exercise their creativity via classes, workshops and attendance at exciting theatre-related events.  Online resources are being developed, but most activities and events currently take place in Northern Virginia/DC Metro area.          CLICK -->

You might be the only drama person in your school, but you are not alone!  Connect up with others to share the secrets of successful drama teaching and directing in a school setting by joining THEATRE TEACHERS CONSPIRACY​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​on Facebook.  Ask questions, poll others, offer wisdom (or conjecture!). Enjoy cameraderie from across the country. Entirely FREE.

Resources for Drama Teachers​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

What to expect?  How to handle those tough situations, from angry parents to testy administrators? How to get organized so you save both your time and your sanity? Where to find ready-to-customize forms and templates? What-if scenarios to jumpstart your learning curve.  We can guide you through all of that.  Just CLICK below!

I love doing theatre, especially with kids...but then come all those other things, like parents and politics; and worrying about money and space and time; and committees and testing and paperwork. let alone curriculum and lesson plans, and finding material and rehearsals and all that tech stuff. ​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​My journey began many (many many) years ago as a newbie in new town at a new school...See More


About Chip Rome


Organizations we've worked with include:

Alexandria City Public Schools


Make More Theatre

with Less Drama


"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​​​​​​​


  • Overwhelmed? Resources for drama teachers -- newbies, those in training...and veteran teachers too!

  • All alone? Peer Support for theatre teachers and directors in school.

  • Curriculum gaps? Our Mentor's Manual for university Theatre Education instructors covers what you can't.

  • Under-prepared? Workshops and Consulting services for individuals, schools, organizations and school systems.​

  • ​​​​​​​Bored? Curious?​​​​​​​ Events for senior theatre lovers in the Washington DC area.​​​​​