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DRA691: IB TA 2H (2013-2014)

COURSE TITLE: IB Theater Arts2 Std
CALENDAR YEAR: 2013-2014

Major Concepts/Content:

During the two years of the I.B. Theatre Arts program, the primary aim is to help students understand the nature of the theatre; to understand it by making it as well as studying it; to understand it not only with their minds but with their senses, their bodies and their emotions; to understand the form it takes in cultures other than their own; and through this understanding better to understand themselves, their society and their world.

The course involves the development of performance skills through working on devised and scripted scenes, some of which must be presented to an audience. Students will also study drama from the point of view of the director and will investigate methods of turning a playscript into performance. Practical exploration of theatre from different cultures is also a key element in the course. In this course students demonstrate skills and knowledge of theatrical traditions introduced during Year One of the course. IB formal internal and external assessment occurs during this course.

Major Instructional Activities:

Part 1 Performance skills (further developed from Year One of the course)

  • ensemble work
  • theatre games and trust exercises
  • movement
  • 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. Students will create a theatrical concept from a non-theatrical stimulus. The choice of stimuli will be published by IB in the November IB Coordinator’s Notes yearly.

  • 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

Major Evaluative Techniques: IB Assessment

External assessment 50%

Research commission 25% based on World Theatre Studies, Part 2 of the program. (approximately 1750 words)

Practical Performance Presentation 25% - create a theatrical concept from a non-theatrical stimulus with visuals

Internal Assessment 50%

These components are internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IBO:

Performance Skills and Theatre Production  Oral - 25%  The individual oral reflects the student’s contribution to and participation in practical classwork and Theatre Production  - 20 minute taped oral with visuals

Independent Project Portfolio 25%: Portfolio of approximately 2000 words reflecting  the candidate’s learning and development in undertaking a major project such as directing a theatrical production or writing an original script.