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The Scene is a free weekly newsletter published every Saturday morning. It ensures that theatre teachers can start their weekend with a comprehensive update on the latest happenings in the theatre industry. From Broadway and the West End to your classroom, The Scene brings content to take your theatre program to the next level! To cater to the diverse interests of our readership, we have carefully crafted several distinct sections that are included in The Scene:

  • The Broadway Beat features curated news links to reputable sources such as The New York Times, Playbill, Broadway News, and more, providing our readers with a comprehensive overview of that week’s most relevant and popular news stories coming out of the Broadway world.  

  • Hot Topics is where we provide links to that week’s most impactful and informative news, stories, and articles on the topics that shaping the theatre, theatre education, and the entertainment industry. We aim to provide valuable information and ideas to support the work of theatre educators.

  • West End Watch is for those interested in the vibrant theatre scene in London's West End; this section offers valuable insights and updates on the latest West End productions and the UK theatre industry. West End Watch will also occasionally cover other international theatre news and events.

  • Regional News provides links to articles, stories, and information on the latest happenings in regional theatres, ensuring our readers stay informed about noteworthy productions, special opportunities, and insider information on what’s taking place in and around their local theatre community.

  • The Big Idea section is where we deliver our exclusive original content. The Scene staff and the occasional guest author contribute original stories that go beyond mere news reporting. Big Idea articles are specifically tailored to meet the needs of today’s theatre teachers and directors.

  • The Spotlight is where we highlight the people and companies that make theatre happen. Discover the actors, directors, producers, playwrights, companies, and educators that are impacting the world of theatre.

  • Playscripts Free Reads provides free access to specific scripts from the Playscripts catalog. Not only saving time and money for our readers but introducing them to new titles each week!

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New Episodes drop every Monday morning, making The Scene Podcast the perfect addition to your daily commute or that tiny sliver of “me time” you get in your packed schedule. The Scene Podcast is available on the following platforms:

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The Scene News is a website where theatre educators can access all of the original content featured in our weekly newsletter and a wealth of other information, resources, and opportunities to enrich their theatre teaching journey.

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The Scene Premium goes far beyond the free content we include in our newsletter and podcast. For only $1.99 per month ($19.99 per year), Premium subscribers receive exclusive access to all the following:

  • Broadway OnDemand Master Class Library3 Series, more than 30 episodes! Includes Broadway Masters, My First Year in New York, and the Emmy-nominated Broadway Master Class Actors, Auditions, Directors, and Producers Series. The Master Class series features Broadway icons Denee Denton, Taye Diggs, Lindsey Mendez, Danny Burstein, and more.

  • The Big List LibraryOver 30 Lists with hundreds of resources! Our big list library is your source for all things theatre education. Looking for prop shops? We have a list for that. Colleges with Theatre Programs? That list is there. Upcoming Theatre Education Events and Conferences? That List and many others are all part of this ever-growing library for all things theatre.

  • Production Templates - Over 15 ready-to-use Templates! Our Production and Classroom Templates are totally adaptable to meet the needs of your school's theatre program. Our templates are designed to assist you throughout the entire production process. Templates include Rehearsal Reports, Script Analysis Worksheets, Checklists for Publicity Materials, Sponsorship Thank-you letters, and more.

  • Live Webinars 3 Live Webinars events each Quarter, 12 Live Webinars Per Year! Learn from some of the theatre’s best in this exclusive series. Participate from the comfort of your home or classroom. Our first three webinars of 2024 will feature Actor and Almost, Maine playwright John Cariani; One of the most-produced playwrights in American schools over the past decade, Don Zolidis; And actor and playwright Sandy Rustin, whose adaptation of Clue has been the most-produced show in US high schools for the past four years, in addition to the recent Broadway run of her hit play The Cottage.

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The Scene is a free weekly newsletter published every Saturday morning, ensuring that theatre teachers can start their weekend with a comprehensive update on the latest happenings in the theatre industry.