Fees: IB Exam Fee as appropriate; possible texts for plays ($15 to $30); entry fee to each Skyline Drama Production (unless involved in the production)

Learning Recommendations: Successful completion of ART550 - Theatre Arts 1 or previous participation in extracurricular theatre is highly recommended; willingness to perform in front of peers during class is imperative. Seniors should converse with the college of their choice regarding acceptance as an English credit.

General Description: This class concentrates on development of skills required in a comprehensive theatre course for the experienced student interested in gaining an advanced understanding of the nature of theatre, both through its study and its creation and practice. Students will participate in assignments which will develop performance skill, an appreciation of historical and international theatre, play analysis and interpretation, and theatrical design techniques. A substantial amount of reading and writing for IB assessments is required. It is mandatory that each student attends each Skyline Drama Production once as part of this class, unless they are involved in the Skyline Drama Production.

While there is an exam fee for this class students submit a portfolio of work rather than sit for an actual exam in May. Students in their first year (SL) of IB Theatre Arts have the option of submitting at the SL level or continuing for a second year with ART671 - IB Theatre Arts HL and submitting their portfolio of work in 12th grade. For specifics on the required submissions please check with the course instructors.

Content:

  • Three plays for genres outside of current American theatre
  • Acting theory and practice
  • Production/Design theory and practice
  • Acting and production critique
  • Creating theatre from non-theatre sources
  • Playwriting exercises
  • Theatrical traditions and context
  • International theatre research and techniques

Strategies:

  • Study of acting texts
  • Lectures
  • Project-based work
  • Devised theatre work
  • Independent and group work
  • Attendance at performances of a variety of plays
  • Script creations

Equipment to be provided by Student: Possible texts for plays ($15 to $30)