Theater Arts Program
MSA students in the Theater Arts class will be enrolled in Theater Arts 1, 2, 3, and 4 according to their academic year and/or previous high school Theater Arts classes they have passed. Classes will follow a set curriculum throughout the year, but projects will provide different levels of challenges for students according to the level in which they are enrolled.
Theater Arts is a comprehensive class where students will learn the many skills required to become successful theatre practitioners. In Theater Arts 1 and 2, students will acquire and hone skills in acting, voice, movement, improvisation, and theatre crafts and production techniques. In Theater Arts 3 and 4, students continue to hone and develop the skills they acquired in Theater Arts 1 and 2, as well as directing, writing and theater design. Theater Arts 4 students will also choose areas of advanced specialization.
In addition to practical work, students will study theater history, beginning with the theater of ancient Greece and continuing up to the present. They may also learn the dramatic theories of important theater innovators such as Bertolt Brecht, Konstantin Stanislavski, and Peter Brook. Critical discussions in both verbal and written form are an important component of the course. Students will study important plays by playwrights who have helped to shape our theater tradition.
Theater Arts 1
Students in this level will apply the styles and theories of the periods, theater movements, and artists studied to in-class performances. Each semester will include a project showcase. Theater Arts 1 students will learn basic theater production skills, including use and operation of theatrical lighting equipment, set and costume construction, and stage management.
Theater Arts 2
In this level, students will also apply the styles and theories of the periods, theater movements, and artists we study to in-class performances. Each semester will include a project showcase. Theater Arts 2 students will hone the production skills, and explore the basics of theater design technique, including: lighting, set, costume, and sound design.
Theater Arts 3 & 4
In Theater Arts 3 an area of specialization is chosen by each student each semester, out of the following options: acting; directing; movement and mime; design; and scriptwriting. Students will complete a large assignment in their area of specialization, which will be viewed by the public.
Theater Arts 4 students will have the option of one or two areas of specialization per year and will be involved in designing their own major projects. The specialist work is in addition to the regular course work.
Theater Arts 4 Internships & Specialization
Each student chooses an area of specialization to be studied in depth, and practiced through the development of a project. Examples of areas of specialization may include: acting; directing; design; scriptwriting; dramaturgy, etc. The specialist work is in addition to the regular course work.
Theater Arts 4 students may participate in internships at Bay Area theatre companies. They will also play leadership roles in class activities; directing group projects, facilitating warm-ups, conducting voice tutorials, presenting seminars, etc.
Below are the State Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools