Introduction to the Theater (1 of 5): People, Places, & Things

Lesson Title: Introduction to the Theater (1 of 5): People, Places, & Things
Academic Standards: TH:Cr1.1.I.a, TH:Cr3.1.I.b, TH:Pr5.1.I.a, TH:Re7.1.I.a,
Content Creator: Mr. Michael Dzbenski
Level: High School
Duration: 25-35 min
  /  Introduction to the Theater (1 of 5): People, Places, & Things


  • Students will identify the different spaces that make up a theater.
  • Students will be able to differentiate between different types of stages.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to distinguish the parts of the stage and stage directions.
  • Students will develop and practice warm-up techniques.
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to vocalize different emotions.


This lesson allows students to experience a theater space and all of its parts. They will not only see different stages, but also work on them using warm-up techniques and acting exercises.


  1. Review Class Objectives
  2. Tour the Bolshoi Theater (360 Video)
    1. Identify the different areas
    2. Look around the stage/rehearsal spaces
  3. Explain/Discuss Different Theater Types
    1. Have students choose a type and construct using 3D objects
    2. Play "Guess the type" game
  4. Explain/Discuss Stage Directions
    1. Place Sticky Notes (LARGE) on an acting space
    2. Have Students walk around and interact in different areas
  5. Warm-up Techniques
    1. Show Hamilton Video (360 Video)
    2. Warm-up body and voice
  6. Discuss emotions that can be expressed with the voice
    1. Play "How are you?" game
  7. Debrief and assign homework

Demonstratives & Media

Virtual Field Trips & Lab Demonstrations
Instructional Videos
3D objects

Suggested Ancillary Support

Discussion / Vocabulary

  • Theater Parts
    • Front of House
      • foyer
      • box office
      • cafe or bar
    • Auditorium (House) - Where the audience sits (House Left, House Right)
      • Balcony
        • Grand Circle or Dress Circle (First Balcony)
        • Upper Circle (Second Balcony)
        • Gallery of the Gods (The top)
      • Boxes (Where the rich people sit)
    • Proscenium Arch (Frames the stage like a picture)
    • Backstage
    • Apron (Front of the stage)
    • Orchestra Pit
    • Wings
    • Grid
    • Rehearsal Space
  • Stage Types
    • Proscenium
    • Thrust
    • Theater in the Round/Arena
    • Black Box or Studio
  • Stage Directions
    • Actor Perspective (Right, Left, Center, Up and Down)
  • Warm-ups
  • Acting Exercise


Bolshoi Theatre Tour -
Hamilton Video Link -