Acting & Storytelling Activities

While our stages are dark, we want to continue to foster imagination and creativity for young people. Below are a series of Acting and Storytelling activities that you can do at home! We will add more activities to this page in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more exciting ways to engage with theatre. 

For more, check out IRT's Facebook page to see actors and artists introduce some of the activities below. If you loved the activity, take a photo of you or your family in action and tag us @IRTLIVE or #IRTLIVE.

Let the at-home fun begin!


Storytelling: Reading Aloud for Parents
All Ages

Help your young ones practice reading aloud. This lesson assumes you will be reading the same story multiple times, but feel free to adapt to any story any time! Reading a story multiple times will help children with comprehension and other skills.

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Acting: Developing Character Through Dance
Recommended Age: 4 and up

Let’s dance! Taking time to understand how our bodies move and react is important to developing characters, and a great way to start is to discover how your own body moves with this activity! 

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Acting: Developing Emotional Expression
Recommended Age: 5 and up

When actors are playing characters onstage, they sometimes experience different emotions or feelings as those characters. In this activity, students will explore expressing emotions using their bodies, faces, and voices.

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Acting: Using Your Imagination
Recommended Age: 5 and up

One of the many exciting things that actors do to put on a play is use their imaginations. The following activity will help you use your imagination to transform objects into other exciting things!

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Acting: Yes, Let's!
Recommended Age: 5 and up

“Yes, Let’s” is an acting warmup that is great for getting the brain working. It can help reinforce positive attitudes, supporting the ideas of others, learning verbs, repetition, fostering creativity, and kinesthetic learning. 

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Acting: Mirroring with a Partner
Recommended Age: 8 and up

One of the most popular acting activities is mirroring. Mirroring is a paired activity that allows people to work on leading and following through collaboration and focus. This activity helps actors strengthen their ability to focus, attention to detail, and listening to their scene partner.

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Storytelling: Create an Original Short Play
Recommended Age: 8 and up

Write an original short play! This activity will give you tips and inspriation to develop your own story. When you're finished, act the play out with your family, play all of the parts yourself, or with toys!

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Storytelling: Create Your Own Shakespearean Sonnet
Recommended Age: 13 and up

What is a sonnet? Learn more about traditional Shakespeare sonnets and create your own in this activity.

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