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Theatre Arts Syllabus

Theatre Arts I


Instructor:            Mr. Simpson         

Room:                   B124/Black Box   

School Phone:       713-814-7541


Tutorials:              Tues & Thurs 7:00-7:30AM


Philosophy:  The study and practice of theatre arts actively involves students as producers, performers, collaborators and evaluators in a diversity of challenging, creative experiences.   Theatre promotes personal, social, cultural, and ethical awareness through the examination of contemporary, historical, and universal issues and themes.  Theatre develops students who are complex and perceptive thinkers, articulate communicators, and organized problem-solvers who are able to set and achieve goals, manage resources (such as time, materials and technology) and integrate and apply these skills to the many aspects of their lives.  Through aesthetic experience, students become appreciative and critical consumers of live theatre, film, television, and other technologies.


Classroom Goals:  Students in Theatre Arts IA will identify the positive role of comedy in entertainment, literature, health, communications and everyday life.  Students will practice comedy techniques to develop and improve skills in communication, creativity, performance appreciation and evaluation.  Individually and as a group, our goals are to encourage creativity and experimentation, praise effort, listen attentively, work diligently, think critically, evaluate objectively, and strive for excellence.


Course Topics:  Course topics include theatre terminology, pantomime, combat mime, causes of laughter, types and levels of comedy, the humor connection to health, stress, communication and interpersonal relations, theatre production and evaluation and technical theatre.


Course Objectives:

-Identify and apply basic theatre terminology and stage conventions

-Define ensemble and apply ensemble-building techniques

-Use the voice and body safely and develop expressive skills using the voice and body

-Identify the purposes origins of Western Theatre

  and recognize key terms, people and practices

-Improvise and perform in theatre games and original scenes

-Identify the stage areas and body positions and create simple stage compositions

-Identify and practice the principles of pantomime and create original pantomime scenes

-Identify and explain the history of pantomime and recognize key terms,

  people and practices

-Safely practice and perform stage combat

-Identify the historical evolution of improvisation and Commedia Dell Arte

-Identify personal preferences and habits of laughter

-Identify and research the benefits of laughter

-Identify and apply the causes of laughter in improvisational and scripted scenes

-Identify stock comic types and analyze modern sitcoms and films for comic types


Classroom Rules:

          Be Prompt.

          Be Prepared.

          Be Polite.

          Be Productive/Participate.

          Pick Up After Yourself.




verbal warning                                    

teacher detention                                 

parent contact

double detention   

office referral                  



Grading Policy:  Theatre is a collaborative endeavor and the successive accomplishment of daily objectives is crucial to successful learning.  Attendance and participation is critical in Theatre Arts.  Late work will be accepted for a maximum grade of 70 until the end of each grading period.  *NO LATE CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN FOR PERFORMANCES!


Participation/Accomplishment of Daily Objectives/Rehearsals              35%

Theatre Production Notebook                                                                10%

Homework                                                                                            10%

Tests/Quizzes                                                                                         10%

Performances                                                                                         35%



  1. Notebook—a three-pronged paper folder or a three-ring binder with white, looseleaf paper
  2. pencils with erasers and blue or black ink pens
  3. 1 box of Kleenex/Tissue OR  1 box of band-aids OR 1 box of safety pins

 (these items will not be returned)


Parental Involvement:  Parental involvement is encouraged.  Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Simpson you have any questions or concerns.