Intro to Theater A

Why This Class

Your student’s creativity is precious—and you want to make sure none of it goes unused. If your student has a particular flair for drama and theatre, this course is an ideal way to introduce them to the ins-and-outs of life behind the curtains.

Mentors in this course take students on a guided tour of theater through the ages, beginning with its roots in ancient storytelling, and plan online activities and performances that let students flex their creative muscles. Students explore the history of puppetry, read from Shakespeare’s plays, discover the many roles that make theatrical productions possible and prepare and polish an audition for a local theater opportunity of their choice.

Students who complete this course gain a deeper appreciation of the art of live performance. They are more confident in pursuing opportunities to get involved and more aware of the link between great theater and personal leadership.

Overarching Questions

Why and how do we tell stories?

How can improvisation help me with storytelling?

How can I create a character with a puppet?

How can I understand and perform Shakespeare?

How can I participate in theater in my community?

Reading List

Mentors provide a reading packet for this course.

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 3-4

Format: Live

Credits: 0.5