acting 1

We begin each day with a check-in, a warm-up to become physically and vocally ready to perform, and work through games and exercises to help us as individual actors and an ensemble. Depending on the focus of the particular unit, students will watch or read reference materials and discuss in small groups or as a class, rehearse with their scene partner(s), perform for the rest of the class, or work through their scene at various stages of readiness for feedback and constructive criticism. By the end of the year, each student will have collaborated with every member of the class in some way and performed contemporary and historical texts, read several pivotal works, improvised, learned basic theatre and film technical skills such as lighting, sound, and set design, and written their own original pieces as well as honing social-emotional skills through self-expression, risk-taking, and open communication.

Spring Semester Projects

Unit 1: Theatre History

Unit 2: Stage Combat/Stanislavski

Unit 3: Monologues

Unit 4: Playwriting

Fall Semester Projects

Unit 1: Improv

Unit 2: Scenes

Unit 3: Film/Design

Unit 4: Mystery/Suspense Final


acting 2 &

Acting 3 Honors

We begin each day with a check-in, a warm-up to become physically and vocally ready to perform, and work through games and exercises to help us as individual actors and an ensemble. Depending on the focus of the particular unit, students will watch or read reference materials and discuss in small groups or as a class, rehearse with their scene partner(s), develop creative ideas in small groups, perform for the rest of the class, or work through their scene at various stages of readiness for feedback and constructive criticism. Every year, the curriculum changes ~ we look at the units below through different lenses every year based on based on the interests and goals of the students. Examples: comedic scenes, musical theater scenes, writing a short play based on a genre formula, writing a short play for applied theater, directing monologues, Uta Hagen/Stella Adler style monologues, etc. The last unit of the year is the Drama Showcase, where the students produce, direct, design and perform a thirty minute showcase for a three night run in May. We end the day with a cool down where the students can process the day through journaling and/or listening to music.

Fall Semester Projects

Unit 0: Bonding/Expectations

Unit 1: Scenes

Unit 2: Writing a Short Play

Spring Semester Projects

Unit 1: Monologues

Unit 2: Drama Showcase


film & television

We begin each day with a review of the last class and any announcements. Depending on the focus of the particular unit, students will watch or read reference materials and discuss in small groups or as a class and create films and episodes in either small groups (Recreation Scene, Short Film), individually (Proposed Project) or as a whole class (Multi-Camera Sitcoms). When creating their films and episodes, students will gain in-depth understanding and participate in pre-production (screenwriting, location management, storyboarding, costume design), production (filming, directing, screen acting, lighting, onsite sound), and post-production (editing, sound effects, music, publicity). We end the day with a cool down where the students can process the day through journaling and/or listening to music.

Spring Semester Projects

Unit 1: Multi-Camera Sitcoms

Unit 2: Individual Proposed Project

Fall Semester Projects

Unit 0: Film/TV Production Introduction

Unit 1: Recreation Scene

Unit 2: Short Film


Advanced level actors may apply for an internship with a specific Performing Arts Department faculty member. This is an independent study course with a theater teacher supervisor. This course must be taken in conjunction with an acting class.

Prerequisite: Student must be concurrently enrolled in Acting III and have consent of the internship teacher advisor.

acting internship