Intro to Theater A

What is theater, how can I develop my own unique talents, and how can participating in theater arts enrich my life as well as the lives of others?

Intro to Theater A takes you on a journey from Greek theater to

Intro to Theater A takes you on a journey from Greek theater to Shakespeare.

From the very beginning, human beings have had an innate desire to share through performance what it means to be human.  In the theater we explore conflict and emotion.  We tell stories that take us away and inspire us to act.  We create spectacles that entertain and awe.  We step into the shoes of another and find out we have more in common than we thought.

This live, highly interactive fine arts course will use hands-on projects, online activities and performances, as well as class discussions, to delve into the origins of drama, explore key periods in theater history, discover the elements and roles in the theater, and learn the skills needed to be an active participant.

Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5Unit 6Unit 7
What are the origins of theater?What is the history of theater?What is puppetry?How can I understand and perform Shakespeare?What are the jobs in the theater?How can I participate in theater?How does theater relate to personal leadership?
Why and how do we tell stories?How did formal theater emerge in ancient Greece?How are puppets theater?Who was William Shakespeare and what contributions did he make to the theater?What do producers, directors and stage managers do?How can I participate in theater in my community?How do I represent myself well?
What are mime and pantomime?What is it like to perform ancient Greek drama?How are puppets different around the world?How can I play a role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream?What is a creative team?How can I prepare for an audition or application for the theater?How can I share my talent and skills?
How can I be a good storyteller?How did theater evolve during the middle ages?How can I create a character with a puppet?How can I perform a monologue by Shakespeare?What do designers do?How can I perform a successful audition monologue?What can an experience in theater teach me about myself and how can it enrich my life?
How can improvisation help me with storytelling?What was Commedia dell’Arte?How do I produce a puppet play?How can I polish my monologue by Shakespeare?How can I be a good collaborator?How can I polish my audition monologue?What have I learned about theater this semester?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase

AuthorTitleRecommended ISBN
VariousReading PacketProvided by WA
William ShakespeareA Midsummer Night's Dream9780743477543


  • Recommended Grade: 6th, 7th, 8th
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: 3-4
  • Format: Live
  • Credits: 0.5
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