Coach-to-Coach: Where to Find Material
To prepare to reach for the gold, we suggest interval training: sprint out of the starter’s block with our links to reliable sites with good scripts, and then settle in to go the distance with our tried-and-true techniques for developing material from other sources. We can’t wait to relay this information!
★ Online sources
○ Playscripts.com (https://www.playscripts.com/find-a-play) lets you search based on many different categories.
○ Samuel French (https://www.samuelfrench.com/) has great search categories too.
○ Heuer Publishing (https://www.hitplays.com/default.aspx) is based in Iowa and has search categories like “Ten Minute Monologues.”
○ Stage Partners (https://www.yourstagepartners.com/) includes plays for “young artists,” and lets you read entire plays for free.
○ Aaron Shepard (http://www.aaronshep.com/index.html#rt) provides many royalty-free stories and Readers Theatre scripts based on classic tales from around the world.
★ Local library/librarian: These people are experts in literature.
○ Everything from children’s literature sections to audiobooks provide a wide variety of opportunities.
○ Don’t forget your school librarian, the specialist in media that appeals to teens.
★ English teachers in your school: They are experts right in your neighborhood.
★ Bookstores: Like librarians and English teachers, these people live in the world of literature.
★ Play excerpts: A powerful scene from a full-length play can fit in the time limit for contest.
○ Be sure to get permission from the publisher to use a cutting.
★ Podcasts: So many different podcasts cover a variety of categories.
○ TEDtalks, the Moth, Levar Burton Reads, This American Life, The Way I Heard It
★ Fellow coaches: Make connections with coaches here today and in schools near you.
○ We are our best resources. Coaches are always willing to share pieces that have worked for them.
○ Take a road trip and browse through your friends’ files and scripts.
★ Your students!: Talk to them about their interests/experiences. You never know where inspiration can come from.
★ Write your own pieces (with your students): Ownership gets them all in!
○ Start with a theme or current event.
○ Create a shared document, slideshow, or site where everyone can contribute whenever inspiration strikes.
Go the distance! Don’t forget to pay royalties to the publisher for every contest you perform in: District, State, and All-State.
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