Fifth through ninth graders will grow as artists and theatremakers as they broaden their knowledge of acting, design, playwriting, dramaturgy, and the production process. The theatre classroom is a joyful space in which students are encouraged to participate in open dialogue, explore and experiment, generate original theatrical material, and reflect on their processes and performances with intellect and kindness. Students gain confidence, practice active listening, learn to recognize and understand different perspectives, and embark on a journey of self-discovery. Students will also have the opportunity to investigate various theatrical forms and performance traditions from around the world, contributing to the development of their personal aesthetic intelligence.
Seventh, eighth, and ninth graders will have the opportunity to enhance their performance skills and delve deeper into a variety of acting techniques and modes of textual analysis. Our curriculum will begin with an exploration of Stanislavski's system and progress towards a greater awareness of acting through techniques developed by Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, and Uta Hagen, and an introduction to Practical Aesthetics and Viewpoints. Every actor has their own unique process and we encourage students to discover what works best for them in an environment that encourages inclusivity and bold choices. Our curriculum includes vocal projection and enunciation, breathing exercises, improvisational theatre games, monologue workshops, text analysis and scene work, audition prep, public speaking, Shakespeare, and acting for musical theatre. Each class ensemble will debate, collaborate, and bring a broad selection of theatrical texts to life.