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DRA692: IB 2A 2H (2013-2014)

COURSE TITLE: IB TheaterArts2 High+
CALENDAR YEAR: 2013-2014

Major Concepts/Content:

This course is Year Two of the I.B. Theatre Arts Higher Level program which continues the aims and goals of the first year IB HL course. The I.B. Theatre Arts program aims 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. Students studying IB Theatre Arts at the higher level should be able to experience a variety of different performances and critique them.

Major Instructional Activities:

Part 1 Performance skills

  • ensemble work
  • theatre games and trust exercises
  • mime
  • 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

Students study, in detail,  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, must 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

Major Evaluative Techniques: IB Assessment

External assessment 50%

Research commission 25%. (approximately 2500 words)  This written assignment is based on a theatrical tradition and script new to the student.

Practical Performance Presentation (250 words and at least seven accompanying visuals) In this assignment the student creates a theatrical concept from a non-theatrical stimulus. The stimuli are posted in the November IB Coordinator’s notes each year. This must be a totally independent project.

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 oral (approximately 30 minutes in length) is internally assessed and externally moderated. It highlights the student’s achievements in the IB course and demonstrates knowledge of at least two theatrical traditions studied throughout the two year course.

Independent Project Portfolio 25% - The portfolio,  consisting of approximately 3000 words, reflects the candidate’s learning and development in Theatre Arts through the undertaking of a major independent project such as directing or playwriting.