Grade Level: 9-12

Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: F

Prerequisite: None


Instructor: Will Guilford


In this course the student will study various facets of theater arts. Acting techniques, including voice control, character analysis, interpretation of dialogue, pantomime, and movement will be explored and employed in assigned scenes. Incorporated into the course are units on the history of theater, scenic design and construction, make-up, costume design, lighting, publicity and stage production crews. Homework is assigned on a daily/weekly basis.

Course Goals

Throughout the year, we will be working towards the following goals:

  •  Increase self-awareness
  • Become more comfortable in front of a group or audience
  • Develop poise and confidence
  • Learn basic acting skills
  • Become familiar with the workings of the theater, theater vocabulary and production procedures
  • Learn and practice critiquing plays, in writing and in discussion
  • Learn about theater history and theory
Drama Standards


Artistic Perception: Processing, analyzing, and responding to sensory information through the language and skills unique to theater. Students observe their environment and respond, using the elements of theater. They also observe formal and informal works of theater, film, and electronic media and respond, using the vocabulary of theater.


Creative Expression: Creating, performing, and participating in theater. Students apply processes and skills in acting, directing, designing, and script writing to create formal and informal theater, film/videos, and electronic media productions and to perform in them.


Historical and Cultural Context: Understanding the historical contributions and cultural dimensions of theater. Students analyze the role and development of theater, film, and electronic media in past and present cultures throughout the world, noting diversity as it relates to theater.


Aesthetic Valuing:  Responding to, analyzing, and critiquing theatrical experiences. Students critique and derive meaning from works of theater, film, electronic media, and theatrical artists on the basis of aesthetic qualities.


Connections, Relationships, Applications:  Connecting and applying what is learned in theater, film, and electronic media to other art forms and subject areas and to careers. Students apply what they learn in theater, film, and electronic media across subject areas. They develop competencies and creative skills in problem solving, communication, and time management that contribute to lifelong learning and career skills.