This two year course enables students to understand theatre through the three core areas of the syllabus: Theatre in context: understanding the contexts that influence, inform and inspire their work as theatre makers; experience practically and critically theoretical contexts that inform world theatre practices and become informed about many cultural contexts within which theatre is created. Theatre processes: exploring and acquiring skills, techniques and processes involved in theatre-making. Students reflect on their own creative processes and skills acquisition as they gain practical understanding of the process of creators, designers, directors and performers. Presenting theatre: apply practical theatre skills, individually and collaboratively, through a range of formats; present ideas about theatre and take part in performances and understanding how artistic choices can impact an audience. Theatre Theory in practice (HL only) : HL students research a theatre theorist they have not previously studied. They identify aspects of the theory and present a solo theatre piece (4-8 mins), based on the aspects of the theory. Each student submits for assessment: a report of 3000 word; a continuous unedited video recording of the whole solo performance piece; a bibliography that lists primary and secondary sources used in research.
Director’s notebook: HL and SL students choose a published play text they have not previously studied and develop ideas regarding how it could be staged for an audience. Each student submits for assessment: a director’s notebook (20 pages minimum) which includes the student’s presentation of their final directorial intentions and the intended impact of these on an audience (300 words maximum included in 20 pages); a bibliography which includes any sources used. World theatre traditions research presentation: HL and SL students plan and deliver an individual presentation (15 mins maximum) to their peers in which they outline and physically demonstrate their research into a convention of a theatre tradition they have not previously studied. Each student submits for assessment: a continuous unedited video recording of the live presentation (15 mins maximum) ; a bibliography which lists any source used and includes any additional resources used by the candidate during the presentation which are not clearly seen with the video recording.
Collaborative theatre project: HL and SL students collaboratively create and present an original piece of theatre (lasting 13-15 mins) for and to a specified target audience, created from a starting point of their choice. Each student submits for assessment: a process portfolio (15 pages maximum); a video recording (4 mins maximum) evidencing the student’s contribution to the presentation of the collaboratively created piece. The selected footage must be chosen by the student and must demonstrate artistic and theoretical choices made by the student ; a bibliography which lists any sources used.
Prerequisites: A high school acting class, prior course work or experience in theater is desirable (but not required) and teacher approval
Credit: 1.0 credit
Length of Course: 1 year