Contact Matt Buchanan at ChildDrama.com
If you have a question or comment about anything on ChildDrama.com, feel free to send me an email by clicking below. You should know, however, that this site generates dozens of emails every day and I simply don't have time to get to all of them. My mother taught me better manners than that, but it's just gotten to be too much for me to keep up with. I have put up this page not to discourage folks from emailing--because I love it when you do--but to apologize in advance in case I don't respond. Please don't take it personally. But I really want to help if I can. If you have a question, here are some guidelines that will make it more likely that I'll respond in a timely way:
1.) Ask a question. I am always happy to receive emails thanking me for the site or complimenting me on it, but I probably won't email you back thanking you for your support. Similarly, I welcome criticism (and especially emails pointing out errors on the site) but I'm unlikely to respond to those either--except by fixing the error.
2.) Make your question as specific as possible. I get a lot of emails that say, in essence, "I am a new drama teacher. Do you have any advice for me?" The answer to that is, "Yes, and I've compiled it on my website for your perusal"--and I probably won't take the time to tell you that. (When it comes to general information, it is safe to assume that any information I have is already on the website. Specific questions such as "I am reading Hamlet with my eight-graders--do you have any ideas that will help me get them past the density of the verse?" are much more likely to elicit a response, as are questions about specific points in my lesson plans or essays.)
3.) Be sure that your question is not answered in plain sight on the website. Do not ask something like "can you recommend any good books?" without first noting that there is a bibliography page on the site (called "Useful Books") that lists lots of them. (IMPORTANT NOTE: Sometimes folks surf to one of the subpages on the site--say, a particular lesson plan or essay--without realizing that it is part of a larger website. Be sure that you have checked out the MAIN MENU page to see if the information you need is available somewhere on the site.)
4.) Ask me something I know. Obviously there's no way you can choose to do this--how can you know? I merely list it here as my clever (?) way of saying that even if your question is eminently reasonable, if I can't help you I probably won't email you to say so. For example, if you ask me if I know of any good summer workshops in Dayton, Ohio, and it happens that I don't, I probably won't respond. (On the other hand, if I DO know of a workshop I'm likely to respond almost instantly. The guiding principle is that I respond almost always and almost only to those people I think I can help. It's nothing personal.)
You might also want to check my FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page.
Anyway, if you want to email me, you can do so by clicking below.