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DRA592: IB TA 1H (2013-2014)

COURSE TITLE: IB Theater Arts1 High
CALENDAR YEAR: 2013-2014

Major Concepts/Content:

The IB course introduces students to the development of performance skills through working on devised and scripted scenes, some of which must be presented to an audience.. Practical exploration of theatre from different cultures is also a key element in the course. A theatre production - a collaborative exercise animating a broad spectrum of talents and skills in which the principles and practices of theatre are explored by the students - is the high point of their practical and theoretical studies. In Year One students will begin their studies in the following activities:

Major Instructional Activities:

Part 1 Performance skills

  • ensemble work
  • theatre games and trust exercises
  • movement/dance
  • vocal techniques
  • role play
  • genre
  • acting techniques and characterization

Performance skills are developed through working on a wide range of extracts from published plays and exploring a wide variety of stimuli for improvised work.

Part 2 World Theatre Studies

Studies from an international perspective of selected texts and traditions. Study in detail of at least two contrasting practices. A minimum of two play texts from more than one theatrical tradition and more than one culture, in the original or in translation, to be included. Topics may include:

  • Shakespearian Theatre
  • Bertolt Brecht
  • Local traditions
  • Asian Theatre forms
  • The American Musical
  • Augusto Boal
  • Medieval theatre practice

Part 3 Practical Play Analysis

Active exploration of extracts and complete play texts as plans for action. Practical engagement with the challenge of imagining a playscript from a director’s point of view, considering both overall concept and ways of staging. Texts will range from Greek tragedy to contemporary theatre

  • The role of the director
  • Rehearsal techniques
  • Production elements
  • Theatre design, light, sound, set, costume, make up etc.
  • The audience

Part 4 Theatre Production

A practical study of the principles and practices of theatre production, building on skills developed in other areas of the course. Involvement in at least one production:

  • Technical aspects of production
  • Design /construction
  • Administration/promotion
  • Stage management
  • Script writing
  • Direction/choreography
  • Text exploration
  • Devising and creating original work
  • Hybrid performance,  mixed media, technology, visual arts, music, dance

Major Evaluative Techniques:

Technique Students are graded on individual and ensemble performances, presentations and portfolios. These are the skills that will be externally assessed during Year Two of the program.