Books that helped me out!Here is a list of books that I found useful. They can all be found at for reasonable prices:For theatre in general -The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amateur...

Books that helped me out!

Here is a list of books that I found useful. They can all be found at for reasonable prices:

For theatre in general -

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amateur Theatricals - John Kenrick
The Perfect Stage Crew - John Kaluta
Play Directing in the School - David Grote

For Shakespeare specifically -

Speaking Shakespeare - Patsy Rodenburg
Will Power: How to Act Shakespeare in 21 Days - John Basil
Clues to Acting Shakespeare - Wesley Van Tassel

Let me know if you have specific questions about any of these. If I were to choose only 1 from each group, I'd go with the "Complete Idiot's Guide" as it gives a great overview of all that is involved in getting started with a drama program, and "Clues to Acting Shakespeare" as it is VERY new-director-friendly! :)

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accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Just to echo #2 I have found the Shakespeare Set Free series to be great assets to my teaching in terms of their focus on the subtext and giving teachers a toolkit to help students develop this area. I especially like the exercise which allows students to generate Shakesperian insults and go around insulting each other! Classic!

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I also like the Shakespeare Set Free series.  I have the one for Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth, but there are several books with 3-4 plays each in them.  They are published by Washington Square Press and are from the Folger Teaching Shakespeare Institute.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Awesome!  I also use the Shakespeare Set Free series.  However I also found enotes very helpful.  I gave them summaries of the entire play, then act by act and scene by scene.  I think it helped them access the language and the story.