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Advanced Theatre Application

Advanced Theatre

Course Description

During our year together, we will learn about all aspects of theatre production. In this class, you will build on the skills you developed in prior theatre classes as we create theatrical work that responds directly to your community. Much of theatre is about creating work that responds to the people and world around us. With this in mind, we will explore the question: How can we create/perform theatre that makes spaces for communication, connection, and change? During the year, we will consider what skills we bring to theatre, and use those skills to develop and perform personal stories, select and prepare scenes, generate dynamic production designs, and create an original piece of theatre that incorporates different forms of digital media. As a community, we will explore, we will take risks, and we will support each other. Most importantly, we will have fun!

Big Ideas Explored

  • Ensemble
  • Our Skills, Assets, & Identities
  • Storytelling
  • Script Analysis
  • Scene Work
  • Theatrical Design
  • Playwriting & Dramaturgy
  • Devised Theatre
  • Performing in Front of an Audience
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback


In middle school theatre arts, students will develop the following skills:

  • Engagement, Collaboration, and Safety: Students will come prepared for class, participate productively in class activities, collaborate in cooperative groups, and follow class procedures.
  • Application of Theatrical Practices: Students will demonstrate understanding through quizzes, small-scale performances, notebook checks, personal feedback, and other in-class activities.
  • Expression as an Artist: Students will demonstrate understanding through large-scale projects. These projects are most often performances or portfolio work. These projects and performances will always be rehearsed or primarily prepared in class, and the date the grade will be given is announced well in advance.
  • Critical Thinking: Students will know the difference between criticism and constructive criticism, and will practice giving and receiving criticism in class.

I look forward to our semester weeks together! There are many amazing things to be learned in a theatre class, and I am excited that I will get to work with you and help you discover these things for yourself. I promise to come in each day prepared to teach and to have fun. I ask that you come in with an open mind, a willingness to learn, and a dedication to your work. Most importantly, I ask that we all respect ourselves, our space, and each other. If we each do our part, I know we will have a great year!