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Why Pop Culture Loves the Toxic Drama Teacher Trope

There is a great tradition of depicting the archetype of the unbridled, emotionally exploitative acting teacher.

King Lear


The Children’s HourBlack SnowFameA Chorus LineNever!

High School MusicalGleeSummer Heights HighDrama HighRise


Trust ExerciseCycloramaThe Diary of Anne Frank

AnnieMake her drink a Mickey Finn!

AnnieYou stand out like a blue dot on a red field


Lady Bird

Don’t shrug!Don’t you dare shrug!

Even now—even now!—she is trying to give me an acting lesson

Sunday in the Park with George