I’ve seen the iTheatrics method firsthand, in teacher training and student workshops, and love the accessibility and focus on storytelling.
— Julie Cohen Theobald
Executive Director of the Educational Theatre Association & International Thespian Society
The collaborative group that created this remarkable book did so after spending two decades honing the craft of training educators to teach young people the arts. It is a must-read for all teachers.
— Freddie Gershon
Chairman/CEO, Music Theatre International
Recipient of the Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre
The iTheatrics Method is the world's first musical theatre education textbook specifically devoted to building high-quality, sustainable musical theatre programs in schools and community settings.
Created by iTheatrics, the leading authority on music theatre education, this book is the culmination of more than twenty years of hands-on teacher training conducted by master educators Timothy Allen McDonald, Cynthia A. Ripley, and Marty Johnson. These methods have been vetted by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ prestigious Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) initiative, and have been eagerly embraced by New York City’s Department of Education and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Written in an entertaining, conversational style, and featuring hundreds of images from successful musical theatre programs all over the world, this book also includes the advice of more than 100 instructors currently working in the field. Whether you’re a teacher just starting out or a seasoned professional, The iTheatrics Method is indeed your quintessential guide to creating quality musical theatre programs for students.
Timothy Allen McDonald is an award-winning playwright and director, founder and CEO of iTheatrics and Executive Director of the Junior Theater Festival, and he got his big break in the 7th grade musical thanks to his choir teacher, Mrs. Dolores Bowman.
Cynthia A. Ripley has 33 years of classroom teaching experience, was recognized by USA Today as a 2005 Teaching All Star, and started advocating for musical theatre in the 5th grade when she convinced her school’s administration to put on their first show.
Marty Johnson is a leading authority on musical theatre education, and has led professional development sessions for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the United Federation of Teachers, and New York City’s Department of Education. Marty made his theatrical debut in the local 4H’s production of Peter Pan in the fourth grade.