Dramatic Arts

The Five Strands of Teaching and Learning in Theater

Theater Making : Acting, Playwriting/Play Making, Design and Theater, and Directing

Theater Making provides multiple avenues for active learning. Through the interpretation of dramatic literature and the creation of their own works, students engage as writers, actors, designers, directors and technicians. Students learn to use their minds, bodies, voices, emotions and sense of artistry to examine the world and its meaning.

Developing Theater Literacy

Theater Literacy provides the skills and knowledge to deepen a student’s understanding of many forms and genres of theater. Students explore theater history and the multiple roles that theater plays in society. They use theater vocabulary when making and responding to performance, and develop critical, analytical and writing skills through observing, discussing and responding to live theater and dramatic literature. In this strand, dramatic literature is also viewed as a catalyst for production and performance. Therefore, the associated activities are experiential in nature and support Theater Making as well as a deeper understanding of text.

Making Connections

Students make connections to theater by developing an understanding of self and others. They respond to theater by identifying personal issues and universal themes in performance and in dramatic text. They investigate theater by examining the integration of other arts into a complex multi-media art form. Additionally, students connect and apply learning in other disciplines to their inclusive understanding of theater.

Working With Community and Cultural Resources

Community resources that support Theater Making, theater literacy, theater connections and career exploration, expand students’ opportunities for learning. Active partnerships that combine school, professional and community resources create rich avenues for student and teacher innovation in the classroom and in production. Additionally, students validate their learning by sharing and performing outside of the classroom and in partnership with artists and organizations in support of community efforts.

 Exploring Careers and Life long Learning

Students develop audience skills and a connection to theater that allows them to value theater throughout their lives. They explore the scope and variety of theater careers in teaching, production, performance, criticism, design, technical theater and related occupations, and they investigate how these careers align with their personal goals and aspirations.