Theatre Books by Suzi Zimmerman

Introduction To Theatre Arts Volume 1, 2nd Edition - Student Workbook by Suzi Zimmerman

Introduction To Theatre Arts - Student Workbook
(Volume 1, 2nd Edition 2020)


We’re excited to announce the release of the SECOND EDITION of everyone’s favorite Introduction to Theatre Arts, volume 1, now available!  This classroom-tested, year-long curriculum covers the entire spectrum of theatre:  theatre history, scene work, acting, characterization, publicity, play production, games and improvisations, and more.

You’ll love that this brand new edition is gender neutral, better organized, updated to reflect modern technology and social media, and has a 2020 copyright date!  Even better, the Student Workbook is just that...  a true individual workbook for each student, loose-leaf three-hole punched and ready to drop into a binder.  With classroom sets, you can even choose between paper and PDF versions of the Student Workbook for the same price! 

Luckily, we’ve retained all the elements that made the first edition of this book a top-selling theatre arts curriculum text year after year.  You’ll still find the daily bell work, fun puzzles, and quizzes and tests that you’ve come to rely on to make classroom management easier.  Suzi Zimmerman designed this year-long curriculum to help teachers organize and energize their Theatre 1 class, engaging students in the idea of learning by doing.

Teacher's Guide:


This matching companion guide to the student's action workbook makes teaching this class easy and fun. It includes the answers to all questions. It provides lesson plans, a weekly calendar, a survival guide for a substitute, poster ideas, evaluation forms, hand-outs, planning materials for fundraising events, and awards. More teaching-assists than you'll ever need.

NEW FOR 2020: The second edition of the Teacher’s Guide is also better laid out with the notes to the teacher now appearing alongside the corresponding student page.  No more flipping back and forth between pages!  Four additional sections in the Teacher’s Guide make this student-friendly text also very teacher-friendly:  teaching tools, evaluation tools, production tools, and tests and major projects.  Tests even include two levels of difficulty, so your evaluations can match your students and your expectations.

Whether next school year has you teaching your middle school or high school Theatre 1 class in the classroom or through distance learning, this updated popular text is coming out at just the right time!

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Introduction To Theatre Arts 2 - Student Handbook

Introduction To Theatre Arts 2 - Student Handbook
(Volume 2, 1st Edition)


An action handbook for middle grade and high school students and teachers. For all ages.

This Student Handbook is a sequel edition to Introduction to Theatre Arts. This action handbook takes all the outstanding components you loved in the first book and applies it to seven new sections: 

1.  Theatre for Life’s Lessons,
2.  Movement — Theatre for the Eyes,
3.  Voice — Theatre for the Ears,
4.  Skill-Building Activities — Theatre Projects, Mini-Units and Self-Guided Lessons,
5.  Understanding and Writing Scripts,
6.  Theatre Behind the Scenes, and
7.  Production 101.

Teacher's Guide:


Teachers will love having the entire student handbook in this teacher’s guide along with 120 additional pages of helpful information and tips.  Besides the “Notes to the Teacher” at the beginning of each section, extra sample scripts and scoring rubrics are also included.  Finally, this guide, which makes teaching Theatre Arts easy and fun for everyone, contains four extensive special chapters:  The Valuable Theatre Program, Theatre for Unique Learners, Theatre for Students Who Are Learning a New Language, and Guides and Helpers for Everything.

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More Theatre games For Young Performers

More Theatre Games For Young Performers


Improvisations and exercises for developing acting skills. By popular demand, we offer a follow-up book of theatre games specifically for young acting students.

Written especially for those who coach adolescent actors, this delightfully fresh updated workbook tells you the how, when, what, and why of theatre games for young performers.

Starter scenes allow first-time performers to ease onto the stage in baby steps.

Spontaneity is encouraged along with etiquette and basic acting principles. The concepts of pantomime, improvisation, character development, voice, and body control are all presented in game formats with exercises.

Nine chapters include:

  1. 1. Before You Begin,
  2. 2. Preparing,
  3. 3. Starter Scenes,
  4. 4. Exercises, Games,
  5. 5. Improvisation,
  6. 6. Pantomime,
  7. 7. Non-Acting Theatre Games and Activities,
  8. 8. Developing Your Program,
  9. 9. plus an Activities Index.

Anyone working with young actors will find this theatre book exceptionally helpful.

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