5th Grade

Intro to Theater 1

In this course, students will be introduced to acting via the expressive use of the body and voice with strategic movement, pantomime, voice, sensory recall, and emotional recall in character. In addition, students will focus on playwriting with an emphasis on original work and on the nature of conflict. This will be accomplished through pantomime, dialogue, puppetry, and characterization. Students will develop stage presence, confidence and creative imagination.

 

6th Grade

Intro to Theater 2

This course will reinforce the expressive techniques learned in Introduction to Theater 1: strategic movement, pantomime, voice, sensory recall, emotional recall in character, as well as original dialogue from playwriting. Students will practice proper stage positions, directions, and etiquette. In Introduction to Theater 2, the actor will discover how the plot is affected by the setting and time of action, how a character is revealed through speech, and how role-playing encourages growth in sympathy, empathy, and self-understanding. Young actors will grow in their critical thinking, self reflection, and stage presence while building self-confidence.

 

7/8th Grade

Beginning/Intermediate Theater

In this course, young actors will focus on performance techniques with Reader's Theater, improvisation, short skits, one acts, and full length play production. The students will continue analyzing play structure through reading plays and writing scenes. There will be opportunities to direct peers throughout the year and for public performances in various settings as a traveling theater troupe.

 

7/8th Grade

Advanced Performance Based Theater

In this course, young actors will focus on performance techniques with Reader's Theater, improvisation, short skits, one acts, and full length play production. The students will continue analyzing play structure through reading plays and writing scenes. There will be opportunities to direct peers throughout the year and for public performances in various settings as a traveling theater troupe.

 

9th Grade

Movement and Voice for the Actor

This course develops students’ vocal and physical performance skills. Students will learn to use their entire physical instruments in the creation, interpretation, and performance of a character. Skills will be developed through the study of dramatic literature and its historical context. Techniques include, but are not limited to: Laban, Viewpoints, and Linklater.

 

9th Grade

Set Design and Construction

This course will focus on the art of set design. By the end of the course designers will have created several set designs and will have a basic to intermediate understanding of set construction. Students will gain skills in design sketches and models, drafting, and woodworking.This is a full year course and may require some after school or weekend projects. Completed work will be added the young designers’ portfolios.

 

10th Grade

Musical Theater and Film Acting

This course provides students with the unique technical skills for musical theater and film. Young actors will acquire the techniques for creating an engaging musical theater and film performances through group and solo work. It will also cover the business of a professional actor, including working with agents, unions, and casting directors. This is a full year course and may require some after school and weekend projects.

 

10th Grade

Costume and Makeup

This course will provide students the opportunity to design and construct costumes. In addition, young designers develop a plethora of makeup application techniques and uses. Students will get the opportunity to learn from professionals around the U.S. This is a full year course and may require some after school and weekend projects. Completed work will be added the young designers’ portfolios.

 

11th Grade

American Realism and Shakespeare

This advanced acting course is an in-depth exploration of acting methods most frequently used by professional actors. In the first semester, actors will learn how to read, interpret, and perform Shakespeare through group and solo acting projects. The second semester is a study of Meisner and Chubbuck’s American realism acting techniques as students work collaboratively with Theater 8 directors in the public performance of an original show. This is a year long class and may require some after school or weekend projects.

 

11th Grade

Lighting and Sound

This course will provide students with the techniques, terminology and technology for both design and operation for lighting, sound, and rigging. This is a year long class and may require some after school or weekend projects. Completed work will be added the young designers’ portfolios.

 

12th Grade

NVAA Directing, Playwriting, and Exit Portfolio (Commencing 2019-20)

This course covers the creation and production of original theatrical works. Using group collaboration, apprentices learn playwriting techniques in the creation of an original play. The students direct the Drama 7 actors in the performance of the play. The class culminates in the public performance of the play, and the creation of a college-ready theatrical portfolio. This course is blocked for two hours, is one year long, and will require after school and weekend projects.

NVAA Technical Director and Exit Portfolio (Commencing 2019-20)

This course will provide students with the advanced skills needed to effectively work as a leader in the technical areas of stage management and technical direction. Students will be expected to take major roles in the design, construction, and running of the school’s mainstage performances. This course is a year long, and will require after school and weekend projects.Completed work will be added the young designers’ portfolios.