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IB Higher Level 1 Theatre
IB Higher Level 1 Theatre


 

In this IB Theatre course, students will gain extensive experience in directing, playwriting, acting theory and technique, and production design. Students will be encouraged to develop the organizational and technical skills needed to express themselves creatively both individually and as a member of an ensemble. They will also be encouraged to understand alternative views and to respect and appreciate cultural diversity through theatre. Students will work to gain a clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis – all of which should be achieved through practical engagement in theatre.
 
Students also have the option to test in HL1 or HL2 Theatre for the IB Diploma.



Grades 11, 12 
Prerequisite(s): None, though successful completion of Performance Theatre I or II or other theatre experience is strongly encouraged

 

IB Higher Level Theatre

 

In this IB Theatre course, students will gain extensive experience in directing, playwriting, acting theory and technique, and production design. Students will be encouraged to develop the organizational and technical skills needed to express themselves creatively both individually and as a member of an ensemble. They will also be encouraged to understand alternative views and to respect and appreciate cultural diversity through theatre. Students will work to gain a clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis – all of which should be achieved through practical engagement in theatre.



Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of IB Standard Level Theatre

 

http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/documents/dp/gr6/theatre_arts/d_6_theat_prp_0905_1e_e.pdf
HL1 Theatre

IB Higher Level 1 Theatre Syllabus 2016-2017

Southwest High School

Margaret Berg

Black Box Theatre/Auditorium

Margaret.Berg@mpls.k12.mn.us

(612)668-3030

 

Welcome to IB HL1 Theatre!

 

So, in the interest of context, here is what the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) says about IB HL(Higher Level) 1 and HL2 Theatre:

 

Theatre is a dynamic, collaborative and live art form. It is a practical subject that encourages discovery through experimentation, the taking of risks and the presentation of ideas to others. It results in the development of both theatre and life skills; the building of confidence, creativity and working collaboratively.

 

The aims of the arts subjects are to enable students to:

1.      Enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts

2.      Become informed, reflective and critical practitioners in the arts

3.      Understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts

4.      Explore and value the diversity of the arts across time, place and cultures

5.      Express ideas with confidence and competence

6.      Develop perceptual and analytical skills.

 

In addition, the aims of the theatre course at HL1 and HL2 are to enable students to:

7.      Explore theatre in a variety of contexts and understand how these contexts inform practice (theatre in context)

8.      Understand and engage in the processes of transforming ideas into action (theatre processes)

9.      Develop and apply theatre production, presentation and performance skills, working both independently and collaboratively (presenting theatre)

HL2 only:

10.  Understand and appreciate the relationship between theory and practice (theatre in context, theatre processes, presenting theatre).

 

The Theatre syllabus consists of three equal, interrelated parts:

·         Theatre in Context

·         Theatre Processes

·         Presenting Theatre

 

Students are required to approach these areas from the perspectives of each of the following specialist theatre roles:

·         Creator

·         Designer

·         Director

·         Performer.

 

(IB DP Theatre Guide 2016)

 

We are going to have fun!

Really.

And here’s how.

 

Our year will be made up of many and varied theatre experiences. These will include (subject to interpretation, change and class dynamic):

·         A collaborative group theatre form project

·         Study of acting theory and theorists

·         Reading and analyzing plays

·         Examining world theatre traditions such as Kabuki

·         A collaborative original theatre project

·         Censorship and Plato’s Cave

·         Monologue and/or scene study

·         Other experiences we want to have and directions we want to take.

 

You will need to have a Theatre Journal, a mostly informal place for you to process all of your theatre-related work. You will record challenges, achievements, creative ideas, critical analysis and experience of live theatre productions as a spectator, among other things. Please make sure that your journal is dedicated to this class.

 

There are three major assessments (that will be externally and/or internally scored depending on whether or not you are testing in the IB).

 

In HL1 these assessments are:

·         Director’s Notebook

·         Research Presentation

·         Collaborative Project.

 

But here’s what I don’t want you to worry about - how well you do at these “assessments”. My job is to help you have fun and work hard to learn new theatre practices and theories. It should be fun, and you should not worry about your grade! If your project does not go as well as you had hoped, be prepared to figure out why, and you will do very well in this class. Do your best, work hard, take risks and you will excel in SL Theatre!

 

Attendance and participation are VERY important, as is keeping up with your work and organizing your time so you have time to try to do your best. Things won’t always work out, even if you work hard – it’s just the way Theatre is. Don’t worry! But if you do, please talk to me and we will work it out.

 

 

 

And finally, a note about theatre and academic honesty:

 

Assessment components across the arts vary considerably, from oral presentations to formal written work, from the presentation of practical work to the collection of ideas and stimuli that inspire the creative process. Although guidelines for maintaining academic honesty are consistent for all subjects and components, the variety and richness of tasks in the arts means that each component raises its own challenges for maintaining academic honesty. (IB Theatre Guide 2016)