What is Readers Theater?

By: Brittany Camut

What is Readers Theater?

According to Kerry Moran (2006), “Readers Theater is a stage reading of a play or dramatic piece of work designed to entertain, inform or influence” (p. 317), however Readers Theater is different than a typical play. According to Shaw and Kinniburgh (2005) when performing a Readers Theater script, there are no costumes, props, or stage settings and the performers can hold the script in front of them. Readers Theater is used to communicate through different stories orally and through interpretation instead of just acting (Lin, 2015).

View the video below for an example of a Readers Theater performance:

Other Resources to Explore:


Kerry Moran, K. J. (2006). Nurturing emergent readers through readers theater. Early Childhood Education Journal, 33(5), 317-323. doi:10.1007/s10643-006-0089-8

Lin, Y. (2015). Using readers theater as a facilitator in elementary school English training. Journal of Education and Learning, 4(2), 43.

Shaw, E., & Kinniburgh, L. (2007). Building reading fluency in elementary science through readers' theatre. Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 44(1), 16-22. doi:10.3200/SATS.44.1.16-22