Theatre Program Objectives

Theatre Arts at the high school level builds on K-8 theatre experiences as a comprehensive, sequential, and discipline-based program. Students broaden their respect for, and understanding of, theatre as an art form. Students examine the relationship of theatre arts to other content areas and the role and meaning of theatre arts in various social, cultural, and historical contexts. Technical expertise, artistic expression, and aesthetic judgment are enhanced through reflective practice, study, and evaluation of their own work and that of others.

Students will demonstrate their work via multiple methodsin varied venues at the high school level as presentation of work through high-quality public performance is only one of many valid outcomes of theatre arts education. Performances are a culmination of the process of studying and/or creating theatre arts. Performing is a learning experience that helps students to define the roles of performers, designers, technicians, and audience members; teaches students to respond to and critique theatrical performances appropriately; and helps students to build confidence and pride in their work. Performances also help foster an appreciation of Theatre Arts as an art form and as a form of communication.

  • Students develop creativity and spontaneity by the exploration of theatre.
  • Students develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills through acting and technical projects.
  • Students develop communication skills via acting and presentations.
  • Students learn and use the essential vocabulary and processes of theatre.
  • Students explore the concepts of self, body and voice work, improvisation, acting techniques, and public performance.
  • Students research and write about theatre literature, production and technical aspects.
  • Students research and present about theatre history and forms, as well as theatre-related media, as expressed in different cultures and time periods.
  • Students research and present about the cultural impact and influences of theatre.
  • Students demonstrate practical application of gained knowledge through a variety of acting and technical projects, and presentations.
  • Students maintain a cumulative portfolio of their work and related activities that is used for determining when a student is ready to advance to the next level. Advancement is not automatic but is based on teacher recommendation based upon portfolio review.

Theater Arts Course Sequence