Theater I -
Students are introduced to a wide variety of theatrical forms and experiences, including multiple types of acting (improvisation, solo performance, and ensemble); design for sets, costumes, props, lighting, and sound; playwriting; and directing. Students will learn how to be creative and expressive with their voices and bodies. A spirit of playfulness and discovery is fostered in all aspects of the course. Units of study may include puppetry, playwriting, pantomime, and filmmaking.
Theater II -
Students will deepen their understanding of the fundamental elements of creating, designing and performing theatre. There is a focus on working collaboratively with others as part of an artistic ensemble and practicing giving and receiving feedback effectively. At various points in the year, students will work in small groups, pairs, and as a whole class to present a full production as a culminating project. Units of study may include costume design, storytelling, solo performance, filmmaking, adapting texts for the stage, and radio drama.
Theater I is a required prerequisite for this class.
Theater III -
This course builds upon the work done in previous classes, helping students hone and expand their skills as theatre makers and interpreters. There is an increased emphasis in Drama 8 on self- directed learning and students will have opportunities to take on leadership roles by serving as directors, designers, and playwrights. Projects and classwork continue to emphasize collaborative skills, giving and receiving effective feedback, and analysis of both text and performance. Units of study include improvisation, sketch comedy, stage combat, filmmaking, and playwriting.
Theater II is a required prerequisite for this class.