Focus and Concentration (First Unit of Beginning Theatre)

by Justine Trotter


Students will demonstrate knowledge of the elements of focus and their ability to focus on stage by performing an improvised scene.


Class Level:



Main Concepts:

basic intro to theatre, focus, concentration, getting to know each other, listening, feeling


1994 National Standards:

CONTENT STANDARD 2: Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining characters in improvisations and informal or formal productions.


CONTENT STANDARD 7: Analyzing, critiquing, and constructing meanings from informal and formal theatre, film, television, and electronic media productions.



Students are introduced to drama class and basic theater elements. They learn elements of and practice focus.


Lesson Plans

Lesson 1: Introduction to Theatre Course
Students will become familiar with one another and classroom procedures/expectations by participating in getting-to-know-you activities and discussing the disclosure document.


Lesson 2: Teamwork and watching
Students will be able to work as a team by participating in a sculpted tableau performance exercise.


Lesson 3: Listening and feeling
Students will demonstrate their ability to listen as a means of focus by participating in a series of listening activities.


Lesson 4: Identifying Focus in Performance
Students will be able to identify the different types of focus (watching, listening, feeling, and teamwork) by analyzing a short film clip.


Lesson 5: Focus in our Everyday Lives
Students will be able to mimic focus by observing and then physically performing as a person that they observed.


Lesson 6: Final Focus/Concentration
The students will demonstrate their ability to focus by performing an improvised group scene.



Focus and Concentration Unit of Lessons.Justine Trotter