HISTORY OF THEATRE

Units

Curriculum units under “History of Theatre” include theatre history time periods, theatre genres and ‘isms/styles, how theatre and its jobs came to be, and cohesive theatre/acting methods.  These units can stand by themselves, or lessons and ideas from them can be inserted into other curriculum work to make connections between the history of theatre and a specific theatre concept/skill.

What Makes Theatre? by Heather Burgess

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the elements and positions important to creating theatre by taking a quiz and by participating in various learning activities.

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Viewpoints by Beau Brewster

Unit Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of composition and the 9 elements of Viewpoints by performing group compositions.

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Uta Hagen’s Object Exercises by Meagan Wright

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of Uta Hagen’s Object Exercise by incorporating five of the ten exercises in a contentless scene.

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Theatre History for Advanced Theatre by Mindy Nelsen

Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of theatre history by participating in various activities, quizzes, and a timeline.

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The Shakespearience

Students will demonstrate… Expanded thinking about the impact of Shakespeare’s works and performance practices of the past and present; The development of analytical and performance tools to help effectively understand and perform Shakespeare; The process of creating a unified, polished piece; by creating and performing a monologue or scene for a Shakespeare performance showcase

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The Great American Playwright by Michaella Scholz

Students will show their understanding about how American Playwrights shape theatre by completing a presentation that shows why their assigned playwright is the Greatest American Playwright.

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Socially Responsible Theatre by Carlie Madsen

Objective: Students will demonstrate an understanding of theatre for social change by performing an adapted fairytale that targets problems elementary students face.

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Shakespeare Scenes by Carson Wright

Unit objective: Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to honestly communicate in a Shakespeare scene by applying principles of acting/theatre including objectives, tactics, communication, vocal colors, and story arc in a performance of the Shakespeare scene.

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Shakespeare and Text Acting Techniques by Giselle Gremmert

Unit Objective: Students will demonstrate their growing understanding of Shakespeare’s plays and the play’s significance in our modern day world and basic Shakespearian acting techniques of vocal levels, punctuation, word coloring, and rhythm by taking a quiz and performing a 16 line Shakespeare monologue.

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Roman Theatre PSA by Beth Lowe

Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of Roman society, The Manaechmi, and PSA structure by performing in a PSA they wrote in groups using the dialogue in The Manaechmi and their own words as well.

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Playwrights and Contemporary Performance Practices by Laura Taylor

Unit Objective: Students will be able to identify many playwrights of the dramatic canon, as well as some of their most influential works by participating in research and analysis about the individual and performing one of their most famous works. Students will also broaden their understanding of playwriting and what makes a playwright by briefly researching some contemporary performance groups, and participating in contemporary performance practices/playwriting.

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Medieval Theatre by Beth Lowe

Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of Medieval Theatre, playwriting, and getting a play up on its feet by participating in discussions, taking a quiz, writing a play, and performing a play.

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Greek Tragedy by Camee Faulk

Unit Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of Greek theatre practices and style by participating in various exercises and culminating in a performance in the Greek style.

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French Neo-classical Theatre by Meagan Wright

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of French Neoclassical playwriting by taking a comprehensive assessment and stage reading their final script.

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Forum Theatre (Boal) by Dana Fleming

Unit Objective: Students will understand the ways in which theatre can be used to create a forum for discussion by participating in Boal’s Forum Theatre Exercises and preparing a workshop to conduct for their peers.

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Eastern Theatre: Japanese Theatre by Giselle Gremmert

UNIT OBJECTIVE: Students will demonstrate their ability to incorporate Japanese theatrical elements into an American Realism monologue by performing that monologue for the class.

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Devised Theatre by Megan Powell

Objective: Students will demonstrate their ability to understand devised theatre and its process by creating a devised theatre piece to tour to elementary schools.

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Commedia dell’arte by Cali Wilkes

Unit Objective: Students will understand the conventions of the Commedia Dell’Arte time period by performing in an improvised scenario.

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Ancient Greek Theatre by Ellen Williams

Unit Objective - Students will be able to express a knowledge of Greek Theatre History and its influence on theatre today by performing in a scene from Medea with Greek theatre elements for a classroom dramatic festival. **This unit is built around the textbook of “History of the Theatre” by Oscar Brockett (10th Edition)

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Acting Methods Unit by Nichole Young Clarke

Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of different acting methods by presenting a 2 minute scene using one acting technique and writing a 1-2 page paper outlining the pros and cons of different acting methods.

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