2022-2023 course offerings

Dramatic Writing for Stage, Film, & Television

Term: Year

*Open for 11th & 12th Graders Only*

Description: This year-long course is a participation/project-based course designed to provide students with opportunities to explore the professional writing process including the writing life, multi-genre writing, script writing, and pitching to studios/networks.  This course is also accepted by the USG as a 4th ELA requirement and automatically counts as two transcript credits (Fine Arts elective & ELA).

Fundamentals of Theatre

Term: Year

Description: This beginning year-long course is an introduction to all aspects of theatre.  Beginning students will be exposed to various aspects of theatre performance and production.  This course will explore the history of theatre practices around the world including acting, directing, and design.

Acting 1

Term: Year

Description: This beginning year-long course is an introduction to acting. Beginning actors will be exposed to several different performance styles and methods that will improve their performance skills. This course uses theatre to encourage cooperative learning, teamwork, organization, and leadership skills. Theatres forte is in the emotional arena, where participants are able not only to express emotion in a safe environment, but also to learn how to calibrate their emotional responses to various stimuli.

Acting 2

Term: Year

Description: This year-long course is designed for students who have already taken Acting 1. This course delves further into the techniques of acting through the introduction of particular schools of thought associated with the control of voice and movement for effective character development. Using these techniques, students then explore the styles of realism and examine the artists associated with that movement and specific period styles. The course is for students wanting to hone their acting skills in an effort to broaden the range of possibilities for future performance.

Advanced Drama 1-2

Term: Year

Description: These year-long courses are designed for students who have already taken Acting 1 and Acting 2. This course delves further into the techniques of acting through the introduction of particular schools of thought associated with the control of voice and movement for effective character development. Using these techniques, students then explore the styles of performance and production.

Technical Theatre 1

Term: Year

Description: This year-long course is designed to develop an appreciation and understand for the aspects of design and production.  This course delves into the history and development of theatrical technologies and provides students with opportunities to explore all areas of design and production including set, lighting, props, sound, costumes, hair and makeup, and marketing.

Technical Theatre 2-4

Term: Year

Description: These year-long courses are designed to develop and refine students skills in all areas of design and production.  These courses delve deeper into each area of design through active work on productions, concerts, and other department events.  All students are required to complete specific after school production assignments to earn credit for these courses.