Submission Form
Bloomsbury Publishing is under contract with Miriam Chirico (Eastern Connecticut State University) and Kelly Younger (Loyola Marymount University) to publish HOW TO TEACH A PLAY.

The editors are currently seeking submissions of teaching exercises that nourish the performative imagination. Since faculty often teach a play in the same way they teach a work of fiction or poetry, this book aims to provide exercises that lead students to discover the dramatic, performative, and living qualities of this unique genre.

Grounded in research of the playwright’s work, the exercises point out the performance elements or attributes of the specific play, while indicating how that performance element illuminates the play's larger themes or significance. Thus, we are gathering exercises that connect close textual analysis with performance. If you have a classroom exercise that deepens students' understanding and experience of a particular dramatic text, please respond to the prompts below and kindly submit for consideration.

Pay special attention to how your specific exercise illuminates a thematic aspect of the specific play. We are not seeking general acting exercises or theater games, but play-specific "gimmicks" that help drive a point home to students who may otherwise have little experience with drama. In other words, how may your exercise apply only to this play, but not to others?

There are sample exercises provided at the end of this form. Please read before submitting your work.

Deadline March 31 (unless otherwise agreed upon with the editors).

Your Name *
Your answer
Specific Play and Playwright *
Our research shows that the following titles are the most frequently taught plays in high schools, colleges, and universities. We acknowledge there are many plays that could be on the list that perhaps do not appear, but for this first round, we will focus on those titles that most often appear on AP exams, syllabi, and tables of content. Please select only from this list, and note that (no longer available) indicates we are no longer accepting exercises for this particular play.
Performative Element *
Identify which specific performative element(s) this exercise illustrates.
Big Picture (400 characters - approx. 50 words) *
What is the main idea or theme of the play that you attempting to share with your students? Please be sure to include the word "performance" in your description.
Your answer
Nuts and Bolts (4000 characters - approx. 500 words) *
This section is a “recipe” for the reader to follow. Detail the step-by-step process for how to begin, facilitate, and conclude your exercise. Include any specific directives, actions, spatial configuration, etc. that increase the effectiveness of the exercise. Keep in mind many faculty do not have directing experience, so keep it simple.
Your answer
Putting It Together (2000 characters - approx. 250 words) *
Comment upon how this exercise illustrates the Big Picture stated above, and deepens the students' performative imaginations. Offer insights gained from teaching with this exercise. Share results based upon your own experience; anecdotal examples are welcomed. The tone here should be one of sharing and mentoring rather than reporting data.
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Advanced Preparation (500 characters - approx. 75 words)
Detail the specific reading, writing or research required by the students before the exercise.
Your answer
Class Size (200 characters - approx. 25 words) *
Give a general class size and show how it may affect the exercise, if at all.
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Time Length of Exercise (200 characters - approx. 25 words) *
Give a general time frame for the exercise relative to the duration of your class.
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Property/ Technology (200 characters - approx. 25 words)
List any specific technology needs and/or items, props, materials required for the exercise.
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Resources (400 characters - approx. 50 words) *
List any additional reference materials that will assist the instructor, such as websites, articles, interviews, media, etc. if needed.
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Full Name *
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Title *
Institution or Affiliation *
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Email *
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Phone *
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Mailing Address *
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I understand that submitting my teaching exercise is not a guarantee of publication, and that the organizers may request revisions if selected. *
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