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RT TIPS
A Guide to Reader’s Theater
(or Readers Theatre)

By Aaron Shepard

Excerpted and adapted from the book Readers on Stage, Shepard Publications, 2004


For more reader’s theater, visit Aaron Shepard’s RT Page at
www.aaronshep.com/rt

Copyright © 1993-97, 2003, 2004, 2014 by Aaron Shepard. May be freely copied and shared for any noncommercial purpose as long as no text is altered or omitted.


“RT Tips” is an introduction to reader’s theater, with advice on scripting, staging, and dramatic reading. It draws on my five years of professional experience in reader’s theater as a performer and director, as well as many more years of scripting, leading workshops, and hosting the most popular reader’s theater destination on the Web.

Of course, you could always just hand your readers a prepared script, stand them at the front of a room, and let them find their way. But reader’s theater can be taken much farther—and this guide will help you get there.

Contents

  1. Tips on Scripting

  2. Tips on Staging

  3. Tips on Reading