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IB Theatre (Sample Course Description)

RESOURCE: IB Theatre (Sample Course Description)

Course Description:

IB theatre students experience the art of theatre by participating in all aspects of the theatrical experience in very personal ways. Students will research, read, and analyze plays from a variety of historical and cultural traditions, develop conceptual interpretations for production, envision and design the technical elements, and direct actors and action for actual performance. Students will explore and practice the knowledge and skills needed to know and appreciate the full theatre experience. This class meets outside of the regular class day and requires significant commitment to participation in school productions.

Course Goals/Objectives:

The student will be able to:

  1. Use and understand theatre vocabulary.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the major developments in theatre history.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to interpret, create and illuminate play scripts and other theatrical texts analytically and imaginatively.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of set design.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of costume design.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of lighting design.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of sound design.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of properties design.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the art of the stage and criticism in relation to it.
  10. Perform before an audience and demonstrate an understanding of and skill in specific acting techniques.
  11. Demonstrate an ability to direct a theatrical scene.
  12. Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate and judge theatrical productions.

Instructional Methods:

A variety of instructional methods including, but not limited to:

(1) lecture, (2) workshops, (3) group work and activities, (4) guided reading, (5) teacher-evaluated class performances, (6) assignment of individual acting, directing, and design projects, (7) required theatre attendance, (8) theatrical criticism and post-show discussions

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Materials for Course:

  • 1 flexible 3 ring binder (may be ½” or 1” size)
  • 1 package of loose leave paper (college ruled)
  • 1 marble composition notebook
  • Plenty of pencils and highlighters
  • Teacher-designed handouts


Make-up Work Policy:

It is imperative that students see the teacher the day they return to school. Do NOT wait until the next class to meet with me. I will not discuss missed work during class time. If students know of upcoming absences for the school year, students can request work before leave is taken.


Late homework will not be accepted unless the student has an excused absence. Quizzes and tests MUST be made up the day the student returns to school regardless of whether or not the student has Introduction to Theatre class that day. Papers, projects and other major assignments lose five points per day for every day they are late for two weeks. After two weeks these assignments will no longer be accepted.



Classroom Procedures/Policies:

  1. Respect others in the classroom. The study of theatre is (somewhat) subjective and everyone’s ideas are (most definitely) important. When other students or the teacher are speaking or sharing ideas listen with an open mind – and never interrupt. Raise your hand and hold your question or comment.


  1. Each student must arrive to class on time, appropriately dressed and ready for all class activities. Students will receive a detention for using cell phones in class. Use of a watch is an acceptable method of time telling, cell phones are not.


  1. Homework must be completed before class begins. In order to receive any credit, the homework must be at least 75% complete and must reflect thinking and effort that reflects positively on both the student and the task. Handing in mere writing or typing that fills up space on a page does not constitute a competed assignment. The quality of a project and of the student’s investment in the project is defined by the content, not by the mere expenditure of paper and ink. Students will not be permitted to leave the room to retrieve materials after the class has started.



  1. The teacher reserves the right to amend this syllabus at any time.


Evaluation Methods:



Percentage of Grade

Total Points (Internal & External Assessments) 100%

Everyone comes to the course with different interests, abilities, and backgrounds. Your grades are not assessments of your ideas or character, but rather a reflection of the quality of your work and your effort in the course. If you arrive at class regularly without the necessary tools, misuse class time dedicated to the rehearsal process, or do your written work at the last minute you will not earn a good class participation grade. I will act responsibly, respectfully, and compassionately as your teacher. I expect the same from you, each day we are together.


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