What We’ll Do: In this class, we’ll learn about the history of drama and theater, read excerpts from some famous plays, memorize and perform monologues, write and perform short skits, learn how to improvise (like on the hilarious show “Whose Line Is It Anyway” - check it out on YouTube), make masks, make and act with puppets, give each other feedback on in-class performances, learn about set design, costuming, and sound, build confidence, and more!


  • We will likely use excerpts from these plays (and others in the book room, as needed or desired):
    • Medea by Euripedes
    • Lysistrata by Aristophanes
    • Everyman by Anonymous
    • A Shakespearean play
    • The Misanthrope by Molière
    • The Cherry Orchard or Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov
    • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
    • No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
    • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
  • YouTube for clips from various theater productions, "Grease Live" (2015)
  • Various in-house and out-of-house field trips, as finances and time allow:
    • Auditorium tour with Mr. Paluso
    • A play at UConn?
  • Guest speakers on improv, stage combat - based on whom I can get to come in! If you have a connection, let me know.
  • My costume box and props we make or bring in.

I Want You To: Take risks, be supportive, work together collaboratively, have fun, keep it PG-13.

How You’ll Be Assessed: The vast majority of work for this class will be done during class time. This class doesn’t have traditional quizzes and tests; assignments are usually group projects and some individual performances. You’re not getting graded on how amazing an actor you are; rather, grades come how you’ve grown over the course of the semester, and your ability to work and communicate well with others.