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Welcome to Theater Workshop/Creative Drama


Course overviewCourse overview:

  Theater Workshop will focus on the further development of improvisational skills and theatrical presentation begun in Creative Drama.  This course offers a more in-depth approach to acting and directing, which involves discussion, activities, and exercises from various schools of “The Method,” including Konstantin Stanislavksi, Lee Strasberg, Stanford Meisner, and Uta Hagan.  Students are expected to participate daily in vocal exercises, audition skills, practical theatrical employment advice, theater games, advanced improvisations, sense memory exercises, animal work, and monologues and scenes from contemporary and classical plays. 

            Written assignments include an actor’s journal in preparation for acting a role (Stella Adler model), reflections, and critiques and evaluations of professional award-winning film directing and acting.  This course is appropriate for students who want to explore the possibility of a professional acting or directing career or who simply want to have a rich, creative opportunity to hone their public speaking and interviewing skills.  In the competitive job market of the 21st century, the ability to present oneself as poised, confident, and articulate is of paramount importance.

 Grading criteria:

      Formal (Memorized) Performances and PBLA’s:                                 70%

            Improvs/Activities, Participation (Speaking/Listening CCSS)              30%

Common Core State Standards:

CC.11-12.R.L.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

CC.9-10.11-12.SL.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10, 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

CC.9-10.11-12.SL.1.a   Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.

CC.9-10.11-12.SL.1.d   Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.

CC.9-10.11-12.SL.6   Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

Required materials:

Monologues and scenes from a variety of plays or appropriate movies and/or Electronic sources.   Students may also write their own monologues and/or scenes for performance.

Notebook and writing implement for every class period.


Theater:  Preparation and Performance by Charlotte Lee and David Grote (excerpts)

Theater:  Art in Action  (excerpts)

 Attendance Policy:  All students must attend all classes.  Cutting is not acceptable, and the school attendance policy will be strictly enforced.  As this is a one-semester class, 9 unexcused absences will result in a loss of credit for the course.  Please refer to the NFHS Students and Parents’ Handbook for specific guidelines regarding the NFHS absentee policy. You must be in your seats promptly after the bell rings with all the appropriate items needed for class (notebook, scripts, homework, writing implement, etc.).  Failure to do so will be reflected in your class participation grade, which consists of 40% of your grade.

 Make-up work:  All assignments are expected on their due dates.  When an assignment is missed due to an excused absence, it will be made up in a timely manner.  Please see the Make-up Policy section of your Student/Parent Handbook for more specific detail.

Expectations of an active learner:

  An active learner

  • attends every class and on time
  • comes prepared daily with all required materials
  • takes class notes
  • participates in class discussions
  • seeks extra help when necessary
  • uses the ten-minute break appropriately to take care of personal needs
  • adheres to the make-up policy